The Tournament of Champions is underway again in Springfield with some of the best of the best high school players. Day 1 results in your Morning Sports Report.
For more than three decades, the best high school basketball players in the country have been showing off their stuff in the Bass Pro Shops Tournament Of Champions.
This year’s tournament kicked off Wednesday. KOLR10’s Megan Rice has your Day 1 report.
The first local team up in the T of C, the Bolivar Liberators taking on the defending tournament champs.
First half action Warriors Ty-Shon Alexander a little oop to Khadim Sy. 19-6 Oak Hill up.
The Liberators coming right back with the answer though John Michael Cates splashes the three ball. Bolivar down 10.
Liberators Brandon Emmert picks up two of his 11 points off a couple pump fakes. Bolivar down 19-11.
But this one was all Oak Hill. Warriors Lendell Wigginton straight flexing from three. He dropped 20.
Oak Hill wins 73-38.
“It’s a good win. We played defense. Just played as a team, moved the ball around. Got our first win of the tournament so that’s good,” said Lendell Wigginton.
“Great experience definitely the biggest tournament I’ve gotten the chance to play in. Oak Hill is just a phenomenal team. You can never play bad against them. You have to play the whole game. We never gave in. We tried to make it a game. We tried to fire right back and I couldn’t be more proud of my team,” said Brandon Emmert.
In the third game of the night it was Kickapoo and Sierra Canyon.
Trail Blazers Cody Riley too strong in the paint. And one made it 9-5 SC. Riley had 18 in the first half.
Chiefs Jarred Ridder knocks down the triple to tied the game at 10.
Later it’s Devearl Ramsey hitting the pretty fade away off the cross. Chiefs up one.
And before the half it’s Ridder again this time for two.
But the Blazers would go on to win it 63-41.
And in the final tournament of champions game for the evening, Caminade of St. Louis went on to win with a final score of 67 to 48–over Christ The King.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo–The Drury mens and womens teams were also in action Thursday night cross town at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
Molly Miller’s 16th ranked Lady Panthers hosting Indianapolis.
The Lady Panthers have lost three of their last four, but were looking to turn it around.
Drury falling ten spots in the lastest NCAA Division 2 poll.
But the Lady Panthers taking it inside on the Greyhounds early, Briana Jones backs down her defender and gets the basket it’s 8-nothing Drury.
Then the Lady Panthers swinging it to Alice Heinzler in the corner who swishes the three pointer it’s an 11-2 Drury lead.
But Indianapolis would make a run Devin Ferguson turns the corner and horses the ball in, it’s a two point game.
Drury would rebuild the lead, the inbounds pass to Brook Duncan for the three ball, 22-15 Lady Panthers.
And Drury gets 25 points from Annie Armstrong and bounces back with a big 86-80 win.
ndianapolis Greyhounds who are a perfect 4-0 in the GLVC.
And we pick up the action late in the first half, Drury swinging the ball around the horn to Tevin Foster and the sophomore knocks down the three, it’s 25-16 Panthers.
Then nice ball movement from Drury, inside to Joshua Palmer for the easy two, Drury was up by 11 points.
And the Panthers were pouring it on right before the half, Lucciano Gamiz with the triple, it’s 32-18.
But Indianapolis would get back in it, the drive to the rack is off, but Jamel Crocker tips it in, 32-20.
Then the Greyhounds on the run, and kick it out to Jordan Loyd with the spot up three, it’s a nine point deficit.
And Drury holds on and knocks off 20th ranked Indianapolis 77 to 65.