Boys Basketball Roundup: Macks Creek, Climax Springs, Camdenton and Osage

Michael Losch
Lake Sun Leader
Macks Creek's Mason Whitworth.

Macks Creek topples Wheatland in district opener

Macks Creek entered the postseason Monday night as the fifth seed in the Class 1 District 5 Tournament. The No. 4 Wheatland Mules tested the Pirates and they passed in a 58-51 win.

Both teams were tied at 22 at the half, Macks Creek trailed 42-38 after three quarters and the home team pushed ahead and preserved the lead down the stretch. The Pirates finished 13-16 from the free throw line for a healthy 81 percent. 

Mason Whitworth led Macks Creek with 17 points and he added five rebounds and assists. Austin Brown chipped in 14 points and collected nine rebounds as he nearly reached a double-double, Chase Whitworth finished with 12 points and Logan Gallamore added eight points to go with 10 rebounds and four assists. 

Macks Creek (11-12) advances to the district semifinals on Wednesday where the Pirates will face top-seeded St. Elizabeth at 5 p.m. A win would put the Pirates in the championship on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Climax Springs cruises in district opener over Tuscumbia

Climax Springs wasted little time taking care of business in the first round of the Class 1 District 5 Tournament Monday night.

The No. 2 Cougars faced No. 7 Tuscumbia and cruised to an 82-28 win to earn a ticket to the district semifinals.

Dylan Dake knocked down 22 points for the Cougars, Elias Duncan added a season-high 13 points and the Cougars had four players in double figures overall. 

"Our defense was the key factor," Climax Springs coach James Butterfield said. "Cole Smith had six steals and Mark Henderson had five. This was a total team win."

Climax Springs (13-10) will meet No. 3 Halfway on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. with a trip to the district championship on the line for Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Camdenton falls in battle with Hillcrest

Camdenton took on Hillcrest in Ozark Conference action Monday night and came up a few points short in a 70-59 loss to the Hornets.

Camdenton found itself in an early hole due to some sharpshooting by the Hornets who made all of their field goals, including five 3-pointers, to jump out to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter. Camdenton managed to cut the gap to as little as four points, but could not get over the hump as the Hornets made their free throws down the stretch.

Camdenton (3-21, 0-8 Ozark Conference) was set to host Springfield Central (4-16) in the regular season finale Tuesday night. The Lakers will then turn their attention to the postseason and enter the Class 5 District 9 Tournament as the fourth seed against No. 1 Rolla on March 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Osage toppled by Boonville

School of the Osage met Boonville Monday night in Tri-County Conference play and the Pirates did not make their visit a welcome one in a 92-63 win on the road. 

Alton Drace put up 19 points to lead the Indians, Grant Steen finished with 18, Brockton McLaughlin finished with 11 and Drew Elley added six points.

"I was disappointed in our defensive effort. We had a hard time guarding the ball and when we did force them into a tough shot, we failed to block out allowing them second chance points," Osage coach Craig Engelbrecht said. "Going forward, we have to develop a defensive toughness in order to compete against the good teams on our schedule."

Osage (8-13, 2-3 Tri-County Conference) will host Southern Boone (14-9) for Courtwarming on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and close out the regular season hosting Eldon (3-14) on Friday at the same time.

Michael Losch is the Sports Editor at the Lake Sun. He can be reached at mlosch@lakesunonline.com or 573-346-2132