Tournament of Champions Day Two Recap


SPRINGFIELD, Mo–Bolivar, trying to redeem themselves after a 1st round loss to powerhouse Oak Hill last night.

1st Quarter, the Gaels getting the ball to Zach Collins at the top of the key. He gets the shooters roll, and would all game, he had 32 before this one was over.

Bolivar would try to answer with shooting of their own. Brandon Emmert down low, to Bryce Krueger who finds the cotton.

The Liberators would score 38 in the 2nd half, but were unable to keep up with the Gaels. Bishop Gorman advances, 77-62.

In the 2nd consolation game, local favorites Kickapoo brought a packed house as they took on Christ the King.

We fast forward to the 2nd half, where Kickapoo was fighting back. Here is Cameron Davis with the 3. That would put the Chiefs within 9.

Then, good Chiefs ball movement eventually finds Jared Ridder who hits the nice fade away on the baseline, that made it 43-37.

Despite Ridders team high, 24, The Royals would stay relentless throughout. The team from New York, holds on 72-60, creating a local matchup for the 7th place tomorrow.

“It’s great experience playing against 1 of the best teams in the nation,” said Jared Ridder. It’s fun to play against the top talent, and it shows us where we really are. We have to keep our heads up and move on to the next one. We have Bolivar tomorrow, and we match up a little bit better against them. Come out, bounce back, and play hard tomorrow.”

And look who showed up for the night caps. Randal Grichuk and friends from the St Louis Cardinals. More on that in sports later, we are here for basketball.

Oak Hill is a team that likes to finish at the basket. Exhibit A, Braxton Key.

Later, the Warriors proving they can shoot too. Devontae Shuler drains it from the corner.

They had their way against Rainier Beach, Matt Coleman on the dribble, splits defenders and finishes at the rack.

The Warriors would score 83 in this one, advancing to the finals 83-62.

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