The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 6, 2013

William Chrisman sinks Neosho for seventh place

Five William Chrisman players scored in double figures as the Bears ran past Neosho 85-45 for seventh place Saturday in the Kaminsky Classic at Young Gymnasium.

Alex Ball, Chris Horn and Elyzer Grullon each had 13 points for William Chrisman. Brett Pendergist and Eli Alvis added 12 points apiece. Collectively, those five players made 15 of 16 free throws.

Darrian Guillory, a 6-foot-2 freshman, led Neosho with 19 points, including 13 in the second half.

“It was a great experience for us,” said Neosho head coach Jason Horn. “We got to see some teams we don’t normally see. It’s a well-run tournament.”

William Chrisman took advantage of fast-break opportunities early and scored the game’s first 24 points. Neosho went on a 7-2 run late in the first quarter on baskets by Guillory and Justin McKee assisted by Kaden Roy and a 3-pointer by Caden Hendricks.

The Bears maintained their defensive pressure during a 36-point second quarter that included 12-for-12 accuracy from the free-throw line.


Word of Life limited Vashon to one point in overtime and ended a defensive standoff with a 42-37 victory for fifth place.

Both teams had opportunities to win the game in regulation.

Torrey Henderson of Word of Life, who scored 16 points, sank two free throws with 34 seconds left that tied the score at 36. After a Vashon turnover, the Fire called timeout with 10 seconds left to set up a potential game-winning shot, but Vashon stole the inbounds pass and sent the game into overtime.

“That was a big win the way it played out, especially with the extra period,” said Word of Life head coach Ryan Hujing. “We finished the game well and got tougher defensively as the game went on.”

The Fire took the lead for good 38-37 on two free throws by Henderson with 1:23 left in overtime, then Henderson fired a 30-foot pass to Jadon Milham under the basket, whose layup gave the Fire a 40-37 advantage.

After a missed 3-point attempt by Vashon, Henderson rebounded a missed layup and scored for the final margin.

Deion Jones led Vashon with 12 points and Derrick Mitchell scored 11 points.


The Jays led from the beginning and took home third place after their third consecutive game against opponents from the St. Louis area. Webster Groves defeated the Jays 59-45 in Friday’s semifinals.

Jefferson City’s Scott Stegeman, a 6-5 senior, scored 22 points, while Nic Perkins led the Vikings with 20 points. The Jays led 35-16 at halftime.

“It was a good weekend for us,” said Jefferson City head coach Blair Thompson. “This tournament is done very well. It’s always fun for us to come down here.

“For us to play Vashon, Webster Groves and Francis Howell, that’s three St. Louis schools we don’t normally see,” he said. “Webster Groves exposed a lot of weaknesses. That was a game we thought we would have an opportunity to win. They wanted it more than us and that’s why we ended up where we did.”

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