Osage takes down Eldon in district play
School of the Osage met Eldon for the second time in four days for the first round of the Class 4, District 11 playoffs at Rolla on Saturday and the Indians cruised to an 88-46 win.
After a tightly contested overtime battle on Tuesday, Osage had no trouble putting the ball through the hoop this time around.
“We came out excited and played with a lot of energy and intensity,” Osage coach Kevin Schnicker said. “We took the lead early and never looked back.”
Osage jumped out to a 22-12 lead after the first quarter and continued to push forward the rest of the way. Keyton Knamiller paced the Indians with 23 points, Zach Wheeler added 17, Parker Jett put up 13 and both Drake Gaines and Trey Rassenfoss recorded 12. Osage had five players in double figures and nine different players score at least one bucket.
“We had everyone on our team contribute to our success,” Schnicker remarked.
It was a tough end to the season for Eldon, but Coach Brandon Kliethermes was proud of his club.
“Their kids shot the ball much better on Saturday than they did in the overtime game on Tuesday. Hats off to them,” the coach stated. “Even though the season was far from what we wanted in the win-loss column, I am extremely proud of these kids for finishing the year. I especially want to thank our seniors Jordan (Metz) and Devin (Degraffenreid) for the four years they have put into our program and all the time and energy they have provided.”
Metz led the Mustangs with 24 points, Degraffenreid added eight, Elijah Rivera recorded seven and Logan Hall finished with five.
Eldon ends its season at 0-24. Meanwhile, Osage (13-13) will go to battle with Helias in the district semifinals on Tuesday night in Rolla at 7 p.m.
Camdenton knocks off Springfield Central in districts
Camdenton was in action at Willard on Saturday for the first round of the Class 5 District 10 Tournament against Springfield Central and the Lakers took care of business with a 67-32 win over the Bulldogs.
Paxton DeLaurent knocked down 17 points to lead the Lakers, Luke Eveland finished with 14 points and five steals and Garrett Golliher recorded 11 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, T.J. Anderson put up seven points, Keegan Ford chipped in six and both Kelton Virtue and Brandon Pasley added five points each.
“We played well enough to come away with the victory with multiple guys stepping up to contribute to the win,” Camdenton coach Craig Campbell said.
Up next for Camdenton (5-20) is Ozark Conference foe Waynesville in the district semifinals on Tuesday at 6 p.m., in Willard.
Macks Creek falls to Lakeland in district semifinals
The Macks Creek boys’ basketball team went to battle with Lakeland in the Class 1 District 7 semifinals at Wheatland on Thursday night and came home with a 72-59 loss. The Pirates end the year at 9-15.