Truman loses in first round of tournament for second year in a row
Truman, at 41-20, had compiled one of the best records in the history of the Bank Midwest William Jewell Holiday Tournament.
But for the second consecutive year the Patriots lost their tournament opener. This time it was O’Hara defeating Truman 70-55 Saturday night in a Nelson Division opener.
“They came out with fire and we didn’t come out with any intensity or team effort,” said Truman senior Tyler Sevy. “We lacked defense and rebounding. We had no intensity in the first half.
“In the second half we came out with fire but it was too late. The last couple of years we haven’t done well at Jewell. I don’t know what it is about the first game.”
Truman rebounded to defeat Jefferson (Mo.) 57-51 and rival William Chrisman 95-92 in overtime to take the consolation title in the 2008 tournament.
The Patriots (5-3) were favored to defeat Staley in a 9 a.m. consolation game today. A win enables the Patriots to play for fifth place at 2 p.m. Tuesday against the Kansas City Central/St. Pius X winner.
Despite the lack of intensity, the Patriots lagged only 30-29 at halftime after taking a 15-12 edge after one quarter. But the final two quarters were all O’Hara, outscoring the Patriots 40-26.
“The fault is on me,” Guinnee said of the loss. ‘We have to be better prepared. I made a mistake assuming we would be ready to play and we weren’t. If you lose the next game you don’t play again (in the tournament). And with a young team you don’t know what will happen.”
The statistics reveal why Truman fell.
The Patriots hit only 19 of 49 shots and 10 of 22 free throws.
But poor rebounding was the principal catalyst. Truman was whipped on the boards 48-27, including 19-8 offensively.
Sevy was Truman’s top rebounder with six. Antonio Winn pulled down five.
Mark Braden was O’Hara’s top scorer with 15 points. JeVon Lyle added 13 and Dominique Fields 10.
D.J. Jackson contributed in several ways for O’Hara (4-3). He scored only six points with all coming in the third quarter, had five rebounds and four assists.
Truman, to no avail, had four players in double figures. Zach Large led the way with 13 followed James Posey with 12 and Brandon Richards and Antonio Winn with 11 each.
Truman also hit seven 3-pointers with Large hitting three.
“Large and Winn played well,” Guinnee said.
“If we win two it would be great,” Guinnee said of this week’s challenge to again claim the consolation title.
Staley, a first-year school with no seniors, fell to top-seeded Columbia Rock Bridge 75-40 Saturday.