Camdenton opens season at Phog Allen Classic, Macks Creek takes 3rd at Humansville Tournament, Climax Springs takes down Bunceton, Eldon and Osage face off at Tri-County Tournament and Versailles takes on California in Tri-County Tournament

Camdenton opens season at Phog Allen Classic

Camdenton opened its season in the Queen City of the Trails over the weekend taking on the Phog Allen Classic at Chrisman High School in Independence.

The Lakers finished 1-2 over the weekend, falling to a Truman team that went on to finish third 75-64, coming up short to fifth place Father Tolton 77-60 and beating Springfield Central 74-36 in the finale.

In the first game against Truman, Camdenton trailed by just a single point to the Patriots going into the fourth quarter and had a 62-61 lead with four minutes to go, but a scoring drought ensued. Paxton DeLaurent led the way with 17 points and Kelton Virtue contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Up next was Father Tolton and the Crusaders had a few more trips to the free throw line, which helped to make the difference. Virtue led the Lakers with 25 points and DeLaurent put up 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Camdenton had little trouble in the finale against the Ozark Conference foe Bulldogs as eight of 11 Lakers scored which included 18 points from Virtue.

“Over the three games we averaged 66 points, which is 21 more than we averaged on the year last year,” Camdenton coach Craig Campbell said. “We only scored 60 plus three times last year so hopefully we can keep up the scoring and increase our defense.”

Camdenton (1-2) will play host to Joplin on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Macks Creek takes third at Humansville Tournament

Macks Creek was among the teams on the hardwood competing in the 85th annual Humansville Tournament this past week and the Pirates came home with a third place finish for their first tournament of the season.

Macks Creek knocked off Hermitage in the first round 78-50, fell to a Halfway team ranked as the No. 10 Class 1 team in the state in the semifinals 77-66 and bounced back for a 75-55 win over Dadeville in the finale. The Pirates may not have won them all, but it was a tournament Coach Ron Duggan could be pleased with.

“Even though we had Halfway on the ropes and did not finish it, we grew a lot as a team this week and know that we have the opportunity to be a special team this year,” Duggan said. “I’m really proud of all the boys and how hard they play for me.”

In the first contest against Hermitage it was Hunter Lane who led the way as he finished with a double-double that featured 23 points and 26 rebounds. Oscar Cortez added 15 points, Trevor Haines finished with 10 and Cole Register knocked down all three of his 3-pointers for nine points while Colton Walter also finished with nine. Macks Creek unselfishly set a school record 26 assists in the contest.

In the semifinals against state-ranked Halfway, Macks Creek jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first half but only led by four at halftime. The lead grew to as many as nine near the end of the third quarter, but foul trouble started to plague the Pirates and allowed Halfway to finish strong in the fourth quarter. Zane Whitworth led Macks Creek with 20 points, Cortez knocked down 17 and Lane added 16.

It did not take much for Macks Creek to get going against Dadeville as the Pirates built an early 23-6 lead in the first quarter and continued to push ahead. Lane had another double-double featuring 30 points and 18 rebounds while Whitworth put up 15 points and Cortez had 11.

For their efforts, Lane and Whitworth were named to the All-Tournament team and Cortez received an honorable mention. After three games, Lane had 69 points and 54 rebounds, Whitworth had 42 points and Cortez contributed 43 points and 19 assists.

Macks Creek (3-1) will be back on its home court for another game against Dadeville on December 11. The contest is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Climax Springs picks up third straight win in battle with Bunceton

Climax Springs made it three straight wins after taking down Bunceton 66-42 on the road Friday night.

Jesse McCartney led the Cougars with a double-double as he scored 18 points to go with 10 rebounds and six steals. Mark Henderson added 13 points and nine steals and overall, the team forced 31 turnovers.

"It was a great team win," Climax Springs coach James Butterfield said. "As we continue to grow on the offensive end and our pressure defense gets more seasoned, we should get better and better. At this point, we are playing at least nine guys on the varsity and all but three are underclassmen."

Climax Springs (3-1) visits Wheatland Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m.

Eldon tops Osage in seventh place game of Tri-County Tournament

Eldon knocked off rival Osage 50-46 in the seventh place game of the Tri-County Conference Tournament on Friday.

It was a fight to the finish, but defense and free throws allowed the Mustangs to prevail.

"Our guys really stepped up. Sam Rivera played a great game and hit clutch free throws down the stretch," Eldon coach Ben Pallardy said. "Overall, our defense won this game as we held them to 46 points and gave them nothing easy. I was proud of the way we handled ourselves the last four minutes of the game. We executed well and made things tough for them It was a good win for our program."

Rivera led the way with 19 points and Zack Graham added 14 while both Collin Tamm and Chase Fitzpatrick added five points each. Eldon finished 77.8 percent as a team from the free throw line.

Meanwhile, Osage was led by Dalton Depeé who knocked down 11 points while both Logan Havner and Trey Rassenfoss scored 10 each.

"We just could not get over the hump," Osage coach Aaron Shockley said as his team was tied with Eldon with about 1:30 left in the game and trailed by two or three points most of the night. "We were unable to convert shots and opportunities in the final minute. Eldon did a good job of taking advantage and hitting open shots."

Eldon (2-3) will visit Buffalo on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Osage (0-4) hosts Iberia on Tuesday at the same time.

Versailles falls to California in fifth place game of Tri-County Tournament

Versailles played California for fifth place in the Tri-County Conference Tournament on Friday and the Tigers fell to the Pintos 93-77. Versailles (1-3) visits Smithton on Tuesday at 6 p.m.