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Knights dominate home finale; Bryant passes 2,500 for Rebels

Farmington guard Max Lamonds holds possession near the sideline during the second quarter of the MAAA Tournament boys third-place game against Kingston on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, in Park Hills. (Matt King, mking@dailyjournalonline.com)

FARMINGTON — Senior guard Max Lamonds scored 12 points, and the Farmington boys basketball team wrapped its regular season on Friday with a 75-40 victory over Gateway Science.

Cannon Roth provided 11 points and Logan Schaupert added eight within a balanced effort for the Knights, whose starters watched the last 14 1/2 minutes of action.

Farmington (20-6) carried a 45-15 advantage into halftime, and will face Festus on Thursday in the Class 5, District 1 opening round at North County.

The Knights have won five straight games.

Freshman guard Jy’on Thomas netted a game-high 13 points for Gateway Science (10-14).

Lafayette 71, Central 69

WILDWOOD, Mo. — Central challenged itself on the road with Class 6 opponents on consecutive nights in final preparation for the postseason.

Lafayette (WIldwood) outscored the Rebels 11-9 in overtime on Friday, and emerged with a 71-69 victory after producing a game-winning shot as time expired.

Drew Austerman paced the Lancers with 17 points. Josh Renken added 16 points while making 10-of-13 free throws, and Drew Pickering tallied 11.

Lafayette (10-16) entered halftime with a 35-30 lead.

Central (19-7) rallied in the fourth quarter to send a 60-60 battle into the extra session, and went 20-of-31 from the line as a team.

Jobe Bryant dropped in a game-high 32 points, and converted 11-of-13 free throws just one day after achieving the rare milestone of 2,500 career points in Poplar Bluff.

Caden Casey drained four 3-pointers while scoring 23 for the Rebels, who will face either Affton or St. Clair in the Class 4, District 2 semifinal round on Thursday at Potosi.

Zack Boyd chipped in eight points and Chris LaChance contributed six.

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