The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 28, 2013

Big third quarter nets Morrilton boys Neosho tourney title

NEOSHO, Mo. — Morrilton (Ark.) ran away with Black Division championship by defeating Carthage 68-41 Saturday night in the Neosho Holiday Classic at Neosho High School.

Morrilton buried the Tigers with a 25-2 run in the third quarter. Juwan Calvin, a 6-foot junior guard, led the Devil Dogs with 20 points. Cole Orscheln led Carthage with 11 points.

Carthage kept the score close until midway through the second quarter. A field goal by Alex Derryberry cut Morrilton’s lead to 22-21 with 4:28 left in the first half. The Devil Dogs then scored the next 16 points, including a fast-break layup by Rashad Criswell and a steal and layup by Calvin that became a three-point play.

A 3-pointer by Jacarious Stewart, who scored 12 points, gave Morrilton a 38-21 lead going into halftime. Mickey Donald, a 5-9 senior center, scored 12 points, all in the first half.

“I’m proud of the effort but you don’t sign up for this deal to finish second,” said Carthage coach Steve Ray. “They say pressure busts pipes, and they busted our pipes.”

After Carthage (4-6) scored the first two baskets of the second half on an offensive rebound by Anthony Turk and a basket inside by Darren Prater, the Devil Dogs (7-1) switched to full-court press that triggered their third-quarter run.

Leading 63-27 going into the fourth quarter, Morrilton head coach Trent Tipton cleared his bench, just as he had in a 69-24 victory against Neosho in the semifinals.

“That was a class act by coach Tipton. They are definitely deserving champions,” Ray said. “I can’t wait to get back in the gym on Monday. We need to work on so many things.”


Kaden Roy scored 17 points and the Wildcats captured third place in the Black Division with a 12-0 run over the last 2 1/2 minutes.

McDonald County center Austin Grotts and forward Daton Aubrey picked up their third fouls early in the third quarter. The Mustangs led 37-30 with five minutes left in the quarter but, with a smaller lineup, were unable to hold off Neosho’s comeback.

“We wanted to take advantage of our mismatches,” said Neosho head coach Jason Horn. “It just happened we caught him (Grotts) early, and getting No. 33 (Aubrey) in foul trouble was a bonus.

“Kaden Roy stepped up offensively. That was maybe the best game I’ve seen him play,” he said. “As hard as (Friday) was, it was great to see our kids bounce back and have some success.”

Neosho’s Caden Hendricks scored 11 points and Lukas Werneke scored 10 points. Aubrey led McDonald County with 21 points and Jake Wood had 11 points.


Zach Hallacy scored 18 points, including two 3-pointers, as the Cardinals outlasted the Eagles in the fifth-place game.

Webb City broke a 20-20 halftime tie and outscored Pierce City 13-7 in the third quarter. Clay Gardner added 10 points for the Cardinals, while Zack Hyde led Pierce City with 16 points.


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