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January 24, 2014

Bulldogs romp in tournament

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction outscored Seneca 19-0 in the last 4 1/2 minutes of the first half and defeated the Indians 72-48 on Friday night in the Mercy Sports Care C.J. Classic.

In the first game, Blue Springs sank six 3-pointers in the first half and defeated Pittsburg 83-66.

The round-robin tournament continues today when Carl Junction faces Pittsburg at 5:30 p.m. and Seneca plays Blue Springs at 7 p.m.

Carl Junction (7-5) overcame an early Seneca lead, then buried the Indians with an offensive outburst late in the first half that included 3-pointers by Cody Vogt and Aaron Nelson and a steal by Dustin Satterlee that led to a three-point play. The Bulldogs led 40-21 at halftime.

“It ballooned on us in the second quarter,” said Seneca head coach Will King. “We didn’t have an answer. We tried a few different things and they kept scoring.”

Gaige Crockett, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, led Carl Junction with 22 points, including a dunk on a fast break that gave the Bulldogs a 51-25 lead midway through the third quarter.

Satterlee sank three 3-pointers and scored 14 points, and Vogt and Nelson each added 11 points. Tyrell Hembree led Seneca with 17 points.

“Gaige did a great job finding the middle of the zone and being aggressive and taking it to the rim,” said Carl Junction head coach Kyle Williams.

“We didn’t come out with much energy. It took our guys a while to get going,” he said. “We’re going to have to come out with more energy (tonight).”

Seneca (8-7) took an early 8-2 lead behind 3-pointers by Bradley Jumper and Hembree. The score was tied at 12 after one quarter, and Carl Junction took the lead for good at 20-17 on a 3-pointer by Satterlee with 5:19 left in the first half.

From there, Carl Junction’s defense forced Seneca into a faster tempo and some unforced turnovers.

“We extended our zone a little more,” Williams said. “We did a great job on our traps and rotations. We did a great job on the perimeter on defense.”

Chance Smith, a 6-3 senior who is Seneca’s primary scoring threat inside, is sidelined from the tournament because of an illness, King said.

The game was the second between the two teams at Carl Junction in less than a week. Carl Junction defeated Seneca 55-43 last Friday in a matchup that served as the Bulldogs’ homecoming.

BLUE SPRINGS 83, PITTSBURG 66

Blue Springs scored six 3-pointers, including one by Quinton Harris as the buzzer sounded at the end of the first half, as the Wildcats took a 46-29 lead into halftime.

Kirk Finley, who had two 3-pointers in the first half, led Blue Springs with 13 points. Harris and Tyree King each scored 11 points.

“Our own game plan came back to bite us,” said Pittsburg head coach Kiley Roelfs. “We wanted them to shoot jump shots. We had some unforced turnovers and we were down 17 at half.”

Pittsburg’s Kyle Smith, who sank three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and five in the game, led the Purple Dragons with 20 points. Teammate Spencer Massoth scored 13 points and Dylan Untereker had 12 points.

Blue Springs (7-5) took its largest lead at 58-35 with two minutes left in the third quarter. Pittsburg’s Montana Jajo scored on a drive to the basket as the third quarter ended as part of an 11-4 run that pulled the Purple Dragons (1-8) to within 63-49 with 5:55 remaining.

“We played about as well as we have all year in the first quarter, then let up a little bit in the second quarter,” said Blue Springs head coach Adam Jones. “We tried to switch defenses on them and keep them confused. Those kids from Pittsburg didn’t back down.”

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