Versailles boys' basketball falls to Eugene in home opener

Versailles got off to a tough start in the season and home opener against Eugene on Tuesday night as the Eagles came away with a 93-52 win over the Tigers. 

The Eagles built a 23-10 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as they extended their advantage to 55-21 by halftime. A total of four Eagles scored in double figures and another two Eagles put up nine points each. 

Versailles' Jonathon Geier led the Tiger offense with 27 points on the night while Colbey Boicourt added five and Coby Williams put up four. 

Versailles (0-1) will look to regroup and make a run in the Eugene Tournament next week. The Tigers will take on St. Elizabeth in the first round Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Eldon comes up short at Fatima

It has been tough sledding on the road so far for Eldon as the Mustangs dropped to 0-2 after an 82-57 defeat at Fatima on Tuesday night. 

Eldon fell at Linn in the season opener 57-45 on a night where Jordan Metz put up a 19-point performance and Kaiden Mays followed it up with 11 points and nine rebounds, nearly recording a double-double. This time, Eldon trailed by just 10 at the break, but could not find a way to close the gap as the Comets came out swinging. 

"They came out of the half and made a run right away and we had a hard time recovering," Eldon coach Brandon Kliethermes said. "We did some things really well tonight, but still have to rebound the ball better. If we work on finishing possessions defensively, we are going to be in a lot of close games this year and give ourselves a chance to win."

Mays had a big night offensively for Eldon with 26 points and Devin Degraffenreid finished with 14 points of his own

Eldon will look to get things going in the right direction when the Warsaw Tournament gets underway on Monday night. 

Osage cruises by Cole Camp in season opener

Osage had little trouble securing its first win of the season Tuesday night in a 65-34 win over Cole Camp. 

After a somewhat shaky start leading only 4-2 after 3:15 into the contest, the Indians picked up steam with a 10-0 run by the end of the first quarter and extended the advantage to 34-15 by halftime and never looked back. One thing Osage coach Kevin Schnicker was particularly pleased about was his team's defensive intensity and the ability to share the ball as the team recorded 14 steals and accumulated 15 assists.

"We came back out after half not very productive offensively, going into the fourth quarter up by 16 points. We turned up the defensive intensity in the last quarter and limited Cole Camp to only one 3-pointer and three free throws made," Schnicker pointed out. "We played hard the entire game, were able to play everyone and had nine different players score."

Osage's Keyton Knamiller led the way nearly recording a double-double with 27 points and nine rebounds. Jacob Hermann added nine points and Parker Jett finished with seven while Drake Gaines and Garrett Sutherland each recorded six rebounds each. 

The Indians (1-0) will look to stay in the win column in the Eugene Tournament, which tips off on Monday. 

Climax Springs falls in battle with Laquey

Climax Springs opened its season at home in a contest with Laquey Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Cougars, the clock on the scoreboard did not hit zero in their favor as they fell by a final score of 56 to 35. 

"We lost to a really good Laquey team," Climax Springs coach James Butterfield stated. "I was pleased with the overall defensive effort. We are a ways away from being the offensive team I think we can be, but it takes time when you start two freshmen, two sophmores and a junior." 

Jake Reed led Climax Springs with 16 points and eight rebounds while Pake Moppin put in nine points of his own. 

"All in all, I was really pleased with the game and I believe we are heading in the right direction," Butterfield added.

The Cougars (0-1) will visit Stover on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m.