The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 14, 2013

Miami scores overtime win to capture Seneca tourney

SENECA, Mo. — Miami (Okla.) outscored Seneca 10-5 in the second overtime and defeated the Indians 72-67 on Saturday for the championship of the Seneca Tournament.

In Saturday’s first game, Sam Bailey led four Lamar players in double figures with 18 points as the Tigers defeated Diamond 75-37. Lamar, the tournament’s runner-up, was defeated by Miami 64-50 in a first-round game Thursday.

Miami’s Beau Bussey and Wyatt Rathjen each scored 19 points against Seneca as the Wardogs completed a three-game sweep of the round-robin tournament.

Tyrell Hembree, a 6-foot senior guard who led Seneca with 29 points, sank a jump shot at the buzzer that tied the score at 50 at the end of regulation. His 3-pointer in transition at the end of the first overtime forced a second overtime.

“It was a fun tournament. Good games,” said Seneca head coach Will King. “It was a good ending even though we came up short.”

Seneca (2-3) played without 6-3 senior Chance Smith, who sustained an ankle injury in the Indians’ game Thursday against Diamond. Bradley Jumper had 16 points and Elias Roelfsema scored 10 points for the Indians, while Colt Summers added 11 points for Miami.

Bailey, a 6-foot-5 senior, scored 10 points in the first half against Diamond as Lamar built a 43-20 halftime lead.

Lamar’s Tripp Tucker scored 15 points, including two 3-pointers, and 6-5 junior Trenton Mooney came off the bench and scored 13 points. Jared Beshore added 11 points in a reserve role.

Lamar (5-1) never trailed, but a layup by Darren Russow pulled Diamond to within 14-12 with 2 minutes, 1 second left in the first quarter.

Lamar finished the quarter with a 10-0 run. The Tigers then allowed just four field goals, including three 3-pointers, over the next two periods as they took a 63-25 lead into the fourth quarter.

Russow and Brodie Bien each scored 11 points for Diamond.

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