The William Chrisman boys basketball team mounted a comeback in Friday’s semifinal of the Kaminsky Classic.
There was no rally, however, in the championship game Saturday afternoon at Joplin High School
Francis Howell, ranked fifth in the latest Class 5 state coaches poll, raced to a 17-2 lead and went on to a 67-50 victory in the tournament’s final before wintry weather canceled the third-, fifth- and seventh-place games.
Francis Howell (13-1) opened a 19-point lead in the second quarter thanks to 15-of-26 shooting from the floor (57 percent).
Senior guard Zachariah Rowe led the Bears (8-3) with 16 points, senior guard Alex Calhoun added 14 points with four 3-pointers. Isaiah Jackson had eight points and eight rebounds.
In Friday’s semifinal, the Bears trailed for most of the game. But they led when it counted most.
The Bears rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to hand Class 4 No. 4-ranked Nevada its first loss of the season in a 62-57 victory that propelled them into the championship of the annual tournament at Joplin High School.
The Bears (8-2), after Nevada (9-1) started the game on a 14-2 run, fell behind 17-8 after the first quarter and trailed 45-41 entering the final period. Jackson’s layup with 1:52 left gave the Bears the lead for good at 58-57.
Zachariah Rowe’s fastbreak layup off a missed Tigers 3-pointer gave the Bears a 60-57 lead and his free throws with nine seconds left sealed the victory.
Rowe, a 5-foot-11 senior, scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half to go along with eight rebounds before fouling out late.
Jackson, a senior guard, added 15 points with seven rebounds and five assists and senior guard Marcus Wigfall had 15 points and five assists to help offset 33 points by Nevada’s Dalton Gayman.
OAK GROVE 65, PLEASANT HILL 42: Oak Grove made improvement on offense in the second half to back up an 11-point halftime lead in a victory in its conference opener Friday.
The Panthers (6-3) led 33-22 at halftime and pulled away with a strong second half.
“It was a nice win for our guys tonight especially when we finally started clicking in the second half offensively,” Panthers coach Dustin Fox said. “At the end of a long week it was a pretty ugly game at times, but we did a good job of continuing to guard and get stops while we were figuring out the rhythm of the game on offense. I was extremely proud of some of our guys stepping up tonight and providing us some scoring even if they don't usually score a ton.”
Tully Thomsen tallied 18 points and 19 rebounds and Eli Wycoff added 17 points, six rebounds and six steals to lead Oak Grove. Brenden Marsh had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists, Hunter Kellogg contributed seven points and Cameron Goessling chipped in six points, five rebounds.
VAN HORN 58, KANSAS CITY CHRISTIAN 20: Van Horn used a strong start to cruise to a win its Crossroads Conference opener Friday.
The Falcons raced to a 17-5 lead after one quarter and extended the advantage to 36-9 by halftime.
Lexi Robinson and Daisy Washington each scored a game-high 15 points and Erika Parrish added 11 as the Falcons improved to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in league play.