The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 13, 2014

Third-quarter burst boosts Republic past Carl Junction

REPUBLIC, Mo. — The Carl Junction Bulldogs knew they had a challenge in front of them.

After all, Republic is the defending Class 4 state champion, and it’s the same Tigers team that beat the Bulldogs 77-50 early in the regular season.

Yet the Bulldogs had Republic on the ropes with a 41-40 lead in the third quarter.

Then the momentum turned.

The Tigers (24-4) ended the third quarter on a 16-2 run and pulled away with a 77-68 victory against Carl Junction (19-9) during a Class 4 boys basketball sectional Wednesday night at Nixa High School.

Republic advances to the quarterfinals and will face St. Francia Borgia, a 64-59 winner over Marshfield, at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Bolivar.

“We felt we could play with them,” Carl Junction coach Kyle Williams said. “We felt we were just as talented as them athlete for athlete and could hang with them. I was proud of our kids’ intensity.”

Matt Magee, who led Carl Junction with 26 points, converted a three-point play to give the Bulldogs a 41-40 lead with 5:09 left in the third quarter.

Republic junior guard Brock Yocum, who scored a team-high 24 points, answered with a 3-pointer on the next possession. The Tigers went on to extend the lead to 51-43 when Cody Geiger, who scored 22 points, stole the ball and finished with a dunk.

A frustrated Williams picked up a technical foul.

“In the second half, I think they had eight ‘and-1s,’ and I think we had one,” Williams said. “That was a big difference. That’s where the technical came from.”

Canyon Smith made both foul shots after the technical to give Republic a 53-43 lead. Then Yocum made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 56-43 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Yocum then made all 12 of his free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter to close the door on the Bulldogs.

“We knew they were a dangerous team,” Republic coach Trevyor Fisher said. “They have a lot of offensive weapons. They gave us a tough test. We were fortunate to get the win.”

Dustin Satterlee scored 19 for the Bulldogs, and Aaron Nelson had 18.

Carl Junction ended its season with a loss to Republic in the sectional game for the second consecutive season.

The Bulldogs will graduate Magee, Satterlee and Gaige Crockett, who were a part of consecutive district championship teams.

“We graduate three great seniors,” Williams said. “They helped build something with two district championships. The younger guys understand the expectations now and the work it takes to play at this level. We’re going to work hard this summer to make a push for the final four next year.”

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