Boys Basketball Roundup: Climax Springs, Macks Creek and Osage

Michael Losch
Lake Sun Leader
Climax Springs' Elias Duncan.

Climax Springs tops Halfway to advance to second straight district title game

Climax Springs advanced to its second straight district championship game with a 67-57 win over Halfway Wednesday night.

The win over No. 3 Halfway in the semifinals of the Class 1 District 5 Tournament puts the No. 2 Cougars (14-10) up against top seed St. Elizabeth (15-6) in the championship game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Macks Creek.

Elias Duncan had 15 points to go with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks for the Cougars while Sam Cline added 12 points and nine rebounds as both players nearly reached double-double territory.

"Our defense really picked up after about five minutes. We were trailing 15-4 at that point," Climax Springs coach James Butterfield noted. "Our guards did a good job handling pressure and playing defense. We're looking forward to the district championship game."

Macks Creek ends season with loss to St. Elizabeth in district semifinals

Macks Creek sought to go through top seed St. Elizabeth in the semifinals of the Class 1 District 5 Tournament Wednesday night and the No. 4 Pirates came up short in a 68-40 loss to end the season at 11-13.

Mason Whitworth led Macks Creek with 12 points, Austin Brown added 1 and collected nine rebounds to nearly pull off a double-double, Trevor Haines finished with seven points and Chase Whitworth scored six of his own.

Osage falls to Southern Boone

Osage hosted Southern Boone in Tri-County Conference action Wednesday night and fell to the Eagles 81-45.

It was just a 25-18 game after one quarter, but a tough second quarter for the Indians on the offensive end allowed the Eagles to stretch the lead to 49-22 by the half.

Alton Drace led the way for Osage with 14 points and both Grant Steen and Brockton McLaughlin put up eight points each.

"We just never could get anything going offensively or defensively because Southern Boone is such a well-balanced team," Osage coach Craig Engelbrecht said. "Offensively, they have five guys who can shoot so they are a handful to guard and defensively, they really get after you making it difficult to run your offense."

Osage (8-14, 2-4 Tri-County Conference) will wrap up the regular season hosting rival Eldon (3-14) on Friday at 5 p.m.

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