By Anvil Welch
St. Charles Francis Howell and Independence William Chrisman continued the disappointing results for area/local teams in the opening round of the Kaminsky Classic on Thursday night.
Francis Howell spanked Joplin 76-47 before Chrisman held off Webb City 74-64.
The second quarter ultimately keyed the result for both losing teams.
Francis Howell, with reserves playing a major role, outscored the Eagles 24-10 in the second for a 37-20 halftime lead that became more dominating.
Chrisman, with Justin Clark scoring 14 of his 26, outscored the Cardinals 29-15 for a 39-27 halftime lead. The Cardinals rallied within four points late in the contest.
Jake Dodd, a 6-foot-3 junior, came off the bench to pace Francis Howell with 16 points. Nine, including two 3s, were delivered in the second period.
Said Viking coach Mike Storm: “Dodd has a lot of offensive firepower. Plus, he’s a good passer. We have to persuade him to be assertive.
“Now, he’ll start tomorrow night,” Storm, grinning, said, “but it isn’t because he played so well tonight. We planned it that way.”
Francis Howell also got 14 points from 6-3 senior Cameron Cathcart and 12 from 6-5 senior Cody Sorenson.
Said Eagle coach Tim Spiers: “We didn’t play hard and we didn’t guard. We didn’t get any transition baskets because we weren’t playing defense and, of course, they were getting layups.”
Added Storm: “We expected a tough game. We told our guys at the half to get ready for a run. Coach Spiers’ team has been coming back.”
Joplin scoring leaders were 6-3 junior Derek Stokes (14) and 6-4 classmate Matt McCreary (11).
Chrisman wasn’t shy about throwing up 3s — the Bears finished with 11 — from everywhere and by everyone.
The 6-4 Clark, who’s signed with Illinois State, helped hold off the Cardinals down the stretch by nailing 7-of-8 free throws. He was the only double-figure scorer for the Bears but 6-7 senior Jon Ekey, who also will attend ISU, had three dunks. Ten Bears scored.
Webb City received 16 points from 6-5 senior Trey Laveroni, 15 from 6-8 senior Parker Graham and 10 apiece from 6-4 senior Austin Lepper and 6-1 sophomore Andrew Mayes.
Laveroni and Mayes combined for 11 points in the fourth quarter. A 3 by 5-11 sophomore Scott Roderique rallied the Cardinals within four at 68-64 with 1:25 left before the Bears pulled away with sharp shooting from the foul line.
By Anvil Welch