The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 7, 2014

Nelson provides punch for Bulldogs

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Aaron Nelson scored 26 points as Carl Junction defeated Webb City 71-46 and advanced to the championship game of the Class 4, District 12 tournament.

Carl Junction will face McDonald County, which defeated Nevada 47-45, for the district title at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Bulldogs never trailed and led 71-38 after Nelson, a 6-foot-5 junior, sank a 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 56 seconds remaining.

“We know he’s going to give us nine rebounds a game and three blocks,” Carl Junction coach Kyle Williams said. “Tonight was the first time in a while I’ve seen him be aggressive on the offensive end.”

Matt Magee scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half as Carl Junction took advantage of Webb City turnovers and held a 41-23 halftime lead.

“He (Williams) wanted to mix it up and show some new things,” said Magee, a senior guard who made all seven of his free throws. “Once Aaron gets hot, the goal gets a lot bigger.”

Webb City scored the first seven points of the second half and pulled to within 41-30 on Zach Hallacy’s three-point play early in the third quarter.

Carl Junction outscored the Cardinals 17-8 over the remainder of the period, then went on a 13-0 run in the first half of the fourth quarter.

Trey Gibson, a 6-foot freshman guard, led Webb City 12 points. Hallacy, a 6-1 senior, scored nine points and Tyson Roderique had six points.

“We knew going in that they’re playing a lot of young kids, and we wanted to exploit that with our experience and length,” Williams said. “We gave them a lot of different looks defensively and that kept them off-balance.”

Bulldogs senior guard Dustin Satterlee sank two 3-pointers among his 14 points.

McDONALD COUNTY 47, NEVADA 45

Daton Aubrey scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer on an in-bounds play with 11 seconds remaining, as McDonald County defeated Nevada in the district semifinals.

After McDonald County’s Drew Harmon sank two free throws and tied the score at 42 with 1:28 to go, the Mustangs got the ball back and ran time off the clock until they called timeout with 13.7 seconds left.

“Obviously, we wanted the ball in (Aubrey’s) hands at the end of the game. He’s our best shooter,” said McDonald County coach Trent Barratt. “That’s the same play we ran when we won the district championship game here two years ago.”

Harmon made two free throws with 2.9 seconds left before Nevada’s Easton Mitchell made a 3-pointer from near half-court just before the buzzer.

Mitchell had three 3-pointers and led Nevada with 20 points, and Brandon Barker had five 3-pointers among his 17 points. Nevada’s 3-point shooting ability was one reason why Barratt said he called for a 3-point shot on the in-bounds play near the end of the game.

“They were both in the scouting report that we would have to guard the 3-point line, and they got some open looks and hit them,” Barratt said.

“Give Nevada a ton of credit. They hit shot after shot and played great zone defense against us. Coach (John) McNeley does a great job leading his program, and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach.”

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