Eldon falls in first round of Eldon Tournament to Marquette

Eldon was paired up with a tough Class 5 Marquette team in the first round of the 87th Annual Eldon Tournament Thursday night and the size and athleticism of the visitors was too much to overcome in the battle of the Mustangs as Eldon fell 74-46. 

Class 4 Eldon went up against a roster with all but one of the 13 players measuring in 6-feet tall or higher and three players spanning 6-foot-4. Meanwhile, Eldon features four players six feet or taller with the tallest being 6-foot-3, but the Mustangs only trailed 14-10 after the first quarter with the apparent size disadvantage. Unfortunately for Eldon, the size and athleticism of Marquette eventually became a factor as the Mustangs trailed 32-16 by halftime. 

"We stopped rebounding the ball first off. We gave them some extra chances and they made a lot of shots," Eldon coach Brandon Kliethermes said. "We tried to switch things up defensively and do some different things to slow them down a little bit and hats off to their kids- they stepped up and hit some shots that made us pay for playing zone. 

"The size differential in the paint hurt us tonight and they went on a run when we started turning the ball over and not doing fundamental things." 

Turnovers certainly did not help Eldon's cause as the Mustangs turned the ball over a total of 21 times on the night. Going forward, Kliethermes said that absolutely has to change. 

"We have to limit turnovers and that is something we have been doing a little bit better job of. Tonight, it got up over 20 again and you are not going to be able to turn the ball over more than 20 times and beat a good team in this tournament full of good teams," the coach pointed out. "We have to make sure we take care of the basketball." 

Eldon's Logan Hall paced the Mustangs with 17 points while Devin Degraffenreid added 11 and both Jordan Metz and Elijah Rivera finished with seven. 

"Logan earns everything he gets and that is what I like about Logan. He does not get any easy or cheap (buckets), earns them all and I am proud of him," Kliethermes said of Hall's efforts Thursday night. "For a sophomore to step up in the Eldon Tournament in the first round against a Class 5 team and put in 17 is pretty good for him. We have to make sure we stay consistent and he (Hall) does not think he is the super hero who has to do it every night. His game will come as long as we run our stuff." 

Eldon (0-16) was scheduled to take on Smith-Cotton in the consolation semifinals on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and will either play in the fifth place game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., or the seventh place game on the same day at 3:00 p.m.

Osage comes up short against Christian O'Fallon in Eldon Tournament

School of the Osage opened up Eldon Tournament play against Christian O'Fallon Thursday night and the Indians lost by a final score of 53-44. 

Osage got behind by nine points at halftime and managed to close the gap within three points, but could not find a way to get over the hump as the Indians missed some shots while Christian O'Fallon sunk their free throws. 

"We opened the Eldon Tournament against a very good Christian O’Fallon team. We played very hard and fought the entire game," Osage coach Kevin Schnicker pointed out.

"We don’t have time to think about this game since we play in the second round against Lebanon tonight. I was proud of how hard our guys worked to stay in the game and improved in the second half with better execution."

Keyton Knamiller led Osage with 18 points, Drake Gaines added nine and both Spencer Zeller and Trey Rassenfoss knocked down eight points each.

Osage (8-8) took on Lebanon Friday night at 6 p.m., and the Indians will either play for fifth place on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., or seventh place on the same day at 3 p.m.

Versailles stopped by Battle in semifinals of Clinton Tournament

Versailles took on Columbia Battle in the semifinals of the Clinton Tournament Thursday night where the Tigers fell 94-71 when the clock hit zero.

Coby Williams knocked down 28 points to lead Versailles, Jonathon Geier finished with 19, Aryton Gennetten chipped in 12 and Wyatt Espinosa recorded 10.

Versailles (9-8) will face host Clinton for third place on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Camdenton hit with loss to Lamar in first round of Bolivar Tournament

Camdenton faced off against Lamar in the first round of the Bolivar Tournament Thursday night and the Lakers came up short in a 66-52 contest. 

The Lakers (2-14) were scheduled to take on Savannah in the consolation semifinals Friday night at 5:30 p.m. Up next is the fifth place game on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., or the seventh place game on the same day at 10 a.m.

Macks Creek outlasts Climax Springs

Macks Creek and Climax Springs faced off in the consolation semifinals on the Osceola Tournament Thursday night and the Pirates claimed revenge with a 54-50 win over the Cougars after falling to Climax Springs 54-53 earlier in the season.

Macks Creek (5-11) was scheduled to play for fifth place Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Climax Springs (3-10) will visit El Dorado Springs on Monday at 5:30 p.m.