Camdenton comes up short at Helias

Camdenton put up a fight Tuesday night at Helias.

After losing to the Crusaders by more than 30 points a season ago, the Lakers gave the opponent everything they could handle for about three quarters in an 81-62 defeat.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, foul trouble led to an early exit for three starters and Helias made a late 17-6 run after leading by just eight points midway through the fourth quarter.

“In the first half we gave Helias everything they wanted down 36-31 and they were nervous because they were not expecting much of a game,” Camdenton coach Craig Campbell stated. “The boys played hard and they have nothing to hang their head about with their effort. Our goal all season is to keep improving every day, compete in every game and know that if we play the way we want to, we are successful no matter the outcome on the scoreboard.

“So far this season, we have been successful and plan to be successful three more times before Christmas break.”

Camdenton’s Paxton DeLaurent led the charge with 17 points and Kelton Virtue added 16 points and eight rebounds while Luke Eveleand chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Camdenton (1-3) finished up 1-2 at the Marshall Tournament where they knocked off Smith-Cotton 70-68 in three overtimes. The Lakers were scheduled to face Clever in the home opener Thursday night and will visit Marshfield on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Eldon falls in battle at Buffalo

It was a tough night for Eldon as the Mustangs fell by the slimmest of margins Tuesday night at Buffalo in a 66-65 defeat.

After making a solid run, Eldon held the advantage with under 20 seconds to go. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Buffalo was able to knock down a 3-pointer to win it.

“We had some guys really step up, play a ton of minutes and do a really good job down the stretch staying focused,” Eldon coach Brandon Kliethermes noted. “We just turned it over too many times to win a close game, but we love our balanced scoring and how we are shooting the ball right now. We just have to come up with key plays when it matters most. I have a ton of confidence this group of guys will figure it out.”

Jordan Metz led Eldon with 17 points while Devin Degraffenreid knocked down 15, Logan Hall chipped in 13 and Clayton Moore finished with 12.

Up next for Eldon (0-5) is a trip to Eugene on Friday night at 7 p.m.