The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 10, 2014

Game of rallies swings to Jays

— It wasn’t your typical 19-point victory for the Jefferson City Jays.

Jefferson City (6-5) jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first half, trailed by as many as three in the third quarter, and opened the fourth quarter with a 16-0 run to beat William Chrisman 79-60 Thursday night in the Kaminsky Classic at Robert Ellis Young Gymnasium.

The Jays advance to face defending tournament champion Webster Groves in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. today.

O.G. Anunoby, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, led the Jays with 27 points.

Jefferson City led William Chrisman 33-13 with 4:08 left in the second quarter. The Bears responded with a 17-5 run to enter halftime with a 38-30 deficit.

The run by William Chrisman (4-4) continued into the second half. The Bears scored the first 11 points of the third quarter. Chris Horn, who led the Bears with 23 points, hit a jump shot to tie the game at 38, then made a 3-pointer to take a 41-38 lead with 4:44 left in the third.

“I thought their full-court press bothered us a little more than it should have,” Jefferson City coach Blair Thompson said. “We turned the ball over in six of eight possessions in the second quarter, I believe.”

Anunoby hit one of his four 3-pointers to give the Jays a 50-49 lead with 47 seconds left in the third quarter.

Jefferson City opened the fourth quarter with a 52-51 lead and went on a 16-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Word of Life 79, Francis Howell 61

Behind eight 3-pointers in the first half, the Word of Life Fire took a 48-29 halftime lead and cruised past the Francis Howell Vikings.

Word of Life (2-5) advances to the semifinals and will play Joplin at 8 tonight.

The Fire made 8 of 16 treys in the first half and 10 of 31 for the game. Word of Life shot 64.3 percent from the field in the first half.

Luka Radosevic, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, led Word of Life with 24 points and six rebounds. Antwane Hicks, who was 4 of 8 from the 3-point line, recorded 18 points and eight assists. McKale Crawford scored 13.

Nic Perkins, a 6-4 senior forward, led Francis Howell (5-5) with 16 points. Erich Schark scored 13, and Logan Bush had 10.

The Vikings will earn a forfeit against Vashon today, which automatically advances them to the tournament’s fifth-place game at 11 a.m. Saturday against the winner of Neosho and William Chrisman.

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