Versailles holds off Eldon

Eldon welcomed Highway 52 neighbor Versailles Friday night and the Tigers secured a 70-61 win in their regular season finale.

Wyatt Espinosa paced Versailles with 22 points, Coby Williams added 17 and Jonathon Geier recorded 11 as the third Tiger in double figures.

Eldon managed to trim a 17-point deficit in the second half and nearly cut the lead to a single possession with a minute left. However, Versailles was efficient at the free throw line making nine of their 11 shots at the charity stripe to preserve the lead.

“I thought we played extremely hard and did a lot of things well,” Eldon coach Brandon Kliethermes said. “Credit to their kids, they stepped up and hit free throws when they needed to. We struggled to score it consistently in the paint against their zone.”

Devin Degraffenreid led the Mustangs with 21 points, collected nine rebounds and added six assists. It was the third straight game where he made six 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Logan Hall also nearly had a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds while Jordan Metz put up 11 points, Elijah Rivera added eight and Clayton Moore finished wit seven points and 10 rebounds respectively.

Eldon (0-23, 0-6 Tri-County Conference) was scheduled to host rival Osage in the regular season finale on Tuesday night. Up next for the Mustangs will be another battle with Osage in the first round of the district tournament at Rolla on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Versailles (13-12, 3-4 Tri-County Conference) is the No. 1 seed in their district tournament at Cole Camp and will face Knob Noster in the first round on Wednesday at 4 p.m.


-The Osage boys’ basketball team visited Blair Oaks Friday night and came home with a 72-57 loss. The Indians (11-13, 3-3 Tri-County Conference) were scheduled to visit rival Eldon on Tuesday night and will take on the Mustangs again in the first round of district play at Rolla on Saturday at 5 p.m.

-The Camdenton boys’ basketball team visited Ozark Conference foe Hillcrest Friday night and fell 91-51 at the hands of the Hornets. The Lakers (3-20, 0-8 Ozark Conference) was scheduled to visit rival Lebanon in the regular season finale Tuesday night. Up next is a first round game against Springfield Central in the district tournament at Willard on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

-The Macks Creek boys’ basketball team took on Wheatland in the first round of district play at Wheatland Monday night and the Pirates knocked off the hosts 67-63. Macks Creek (9-15) will take on Lakeland in the semifinals Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m.

-The Climax Springs boys’ basketball team took on Weaubleau in the first round of district play at Wheatland Monday night and fell 65-36 to end the season at 6-14.