Eldon knocks off Fatima, Osage drops nail-biter to Cole Camp and Macks Creek takes down Stoutland

Eldon picks up first win in battle with Fatima

The drought has come to an end for Eldon.

After weathering 37 straight losses and just one win in a stretch of two years, the Mustangs were winners in a battle with Fatima on Tuesday night after knocking off the Comets 69-57.

Eldon led by as many as 22 and it was also the first win for Head Coach Ben Pallardy in his first season with the Mustangs.

"We're so happy for the guys. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a group more excited and I am just happy I could be a part of it," Pallardy stated. "We talked a lot about the fact that we deserved to win with how hard we have worked in practice, and it all came together. A great thing about it is that we didn’t play near perfect and still beat a good team and obviously well coached team in Fatima."   The night got off to a good start and Pallardy attributed part of that to the efforts of senior Elijah Rivera.   "He set the tone on both ends being aggressive and making his teammates better. Down the stretch Fatima cut it to six, but we were able to keep our composure and pull out the win," the coach remarked. "I'm so happy and proud of our guys and we are looking forward to the Tri-County Tournament next week."   Eldon will be the eighth seed in the tournament at Southern Boone and will take on the top-seeded Eagles on their home floor on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.   This story will be updated with stats as soon as they become available   Osage falls in nail-biter to Cole Camp   School of the Osage welcomed Cole Camp for its home and season opener Tuesday night and it was a tough start for the Indians as they fell 67-65.    Trailing by three with just 1.7 seconds left, Cole Camp fouled Dalton Depeé and Depeé knocked down his first free throw and purposely missed the second to try to give his team a chance to tie it with a putback. Unfortunately for the Indians, the strategy did not play out as the buzzer sounded.   Depeé led Osage with 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, nearly putting together a triple-double, which also included six steals. Meanwhile, Trey Rassenfoss knocked down 13 points and both Parker Jett and Garrett Sutherland put up nine points each.   Osage (0-1) will look to get back on track in the Tri-County Conference Tournament at Southern Boone. The seventh-seeded Indians will take on No. 2 Blair Oaks on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.   Macks Creek cruises past Stoutland in season opener   Macks Creek opened up its campaign against Stoutland Tuesday night and a strong second half allowed the Pirates to push past the visitors 79-46.   Macks Creek held just a 4-point advantage at halftime, but outscored the opponents 43-14 in the second half to seal it.   "We had a very good season opener against Stoutland," Macks Creek coach Ron Duggan said. "I thought our ball movement for the first game was outstanding. It led to 26 assists."   Senior Oscar Cortez had seven of those assists while posting 13 points and fellow senior Zane Whitworth led all scorers with 26 points while adding five assists of his own. Meanwhile, junior Hunter Lane finished with a double-double as he knocked down 19 points while grabbing 13 rebounds and contributing four assists, Colton Walter added 10 points and five assists and junior Cole Register pitched in eight points and five assists.   "Cole's defensive effort in the second half against Stoutland's outstanding guard was the difference in the game," Duggan noted.    Macks Creek (1-0) will be back in action for the Humansville Tournament with the opening round game scheduled for Monday against Hermitage.