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BOYS HOOPS ROUNDUP: Neosho boys cruise past Branson; Carthage, Joplin, CJ and Webb boys fall in COC action; Nevada wins

SoMo Sports staff reports


BRANSON, Mo. — Neosho started white hot from 3-point range and ran away from Branson in Central Ozark Conference and district action on Friday.

The win gives the Wildcats a 16-4, 3-0 COC record.

Neosho knocked down seven 3-pointers as a team in the first quarter on the way to building a 26-8 lead. Collier Hendricks and Brock Franklin each had three triples. The Wildcats continued to pour it on the Pirates, outscoring Branson 18-11, 26-11 and 14-13 en route to the blowout win.

Neosho had five players finish in double figures, with Franklin and Isaiah Green each scoring a team-high 15 points in the win. Carter Fenske and Hendricks had 11 points apiece and Kael Smith finished with 10. Tyrone Harris and Michael Day each had eight in the win.

Franklin had five makes from 3-point range, while Fenske and Henricks had three each. Harris and Day each had a pair of 3-balls.

Neosho hosts Joplin (11-8, 2-2 COC) on Tuesday in COC action.



REPUBLIC, Mo. — Class 6 No. 8 Republic jumped out early and built a sizable lead before holding off Carthage’s furious rally in the fourth quarter to hold on for the Central Ozark Conference win.

Republic held a 10-point lead after the first quarter and pushed it to 20 by the start of the fourth quarter. Carthage (11-9, 1-3 COC) made a strong attempt at the comeback, outscoring Republic (19-1, 3-0 COC) to the tune of 31-17 over the final eight minutes but still coming up short.

Max Templeman led Carthage with 29 points, including four 3-pointers. Clay Kinder knocked down a set of 3-pointers on the way to 14 points. Britt Coy had 11 points, while Justin Ray finished with eight points. 

Carthage is at Carl Junction on Tuesday.



NIXA, Mo. — Class 6 second-ranked Nixa took the momentum near the midway point of the first quarter and never relinquished it in an 80-54 win over Joplin on Friday in Central Ozark Conference and district action.

Nixa (20-0, 3-0 COC) used a scoring surge in the first quarter to build a lead and it methodically stretched it to double digits by the intermission. 

Joplin (11-8, 2-2 COC)—playing without Terrance Gibson, who was injured during practice and sat out the game in a walking boot—cut the lead to single digits in the third only to see Nixa push the lead to 20 early in the fourth before pulling away down the stretch.
The lead traded hands three times over the first three minutes of the opening period before Nixa used a 15-4 surge fueled by 3-pointers from Josh Peters, Garrett Hines and Kael Combs to make the score 20-10 with 1:20 left to play. Noah Engleman added a pair of scores inside.

Joplin cut the lead to six, 22-16, to end the quarter with a dunk from All Wright and four points from Fred Taylor.

Combs knocked down his second 3-pointer before scoring on the drive and pulling up from the elbow to give Nixa a 30-20 advantage through the midway mark of the second period. 

Quin Renfro added back to back buckets for Joplin to get the deficit to two possessions, only for Nixa to go into the intermission with a 35-24 lead following a deep 3-ball from Cartsen Seitz and a score inside just before the buzzer by Engelman.

Wright jumped a passing lane for a steal and a dunk to open the second half before a quick 8-0 run from Nixa backed by a 3-pointer from Peters, a putback from Combs and a 3-pointer from Hines to push the lead to 43-26 at the 6:20 mark. 

Joplin cut the lead to nine, 46-37, with three minutes left in the quarter after Taylor knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Wright added an old-fashioned three-point play.

Nixa took a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter and opened the final eight minutes on an 8-1 run to push the lead to more than 20 for the first time with 6:46 to play in regulation. Combs flushed home a dunk on the break to start the run before Seitz and Peters knocked down 3-pointers to make the score 62-41.

Nixa continued to pull away down the stretch en route to the win.

Joplin is at Neosho (16-4) on Tuesday.

Nixa hosts Republic (18-1) on Tuesday.



OZARK, Mo.  — Webb City’s last-second shot was off the mark, and the host Ozark Tigers held on late for a 67-66 Central Ozark Conference victory on Friday night.

Webb City fell to 15-5 overall and 2-2 in the COC with the loss.

The Cardinals took a 10-9 lead into the second quarter, but the Tigers took a 27-24 lead into halftime.

Ozark’s Hudson Roberts knocked down three 3-pointers early in the second half to give his team a 36-28 advantage.

Roberts scored five straight to extend his team’s lead to 46-35 with 3:24 left in the third period.

Joe Adams hit a trio of treys for the Cardinals, pulling the visitors within seven at 53-46 at the end of the third quarter.

Eli Pace’s layup and a trey from Adams cut Webb City’s deficit to two before Omari Jackson’s two free throws tied the game at 66 with just under a minute to play.

After the two teams traded turnovers, Ozark’s Jace Whatley drew a foul after an offensive rebound. Whatley made the second of two free throws to give the Tigers a one-point lead with 2.3 seconds left.

Having to go the length of the court, Webb City’s last-second shot from the right wing was off the mark.

Adams scored 17 points and hit five 3-pointers for the Cardinals, while Barron Duda added 14 points. Alex Martin and Pace contributed 12 points apiece. 

Roberts poured in a game-high 34 points and hit six treys for the Tigers (8-12, 1-2 COC). Whatley added 14 points.

Ozark went 16-for-24 at the foul line, while Webb City was 7-for-12 on free throws.

Webb City hosts Willard on Tuesday night in another COC clash.  



WILLARD, Mo. — The Tigers doubled up the Bulldogs 8-4 in the extra session to earn a hard-fought COC win.

Carl Junction slipped to 7-14 overall and 0-4 in conference games.

The Bulldogs held a 17-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers won the second period 14-8 to take a 27-25 halftime lead.

Carl Junction was up 41-39 by the end of the third period.

The game was deadlocked at 60 at the end of regulation.

Ayden Bard scored 25 points to lead Carl Junction, while Cooper Vediz had 12. Ky Warren and Jett Hocut added nine points apiece.

Russell Roweton scored 16 points for Willard (8-12, 2-2 COC).

Carl Junction hosts Carthage on Tuesday.



CASSVILLE, Mo. — The Nevada Tigers are now 3-1 the Big 8 West and 9-12 overall. 

The Tigers held a 27-16 lead by halftime. Nevada took a 43-31 advantage into the fourth period.

Cade Beshore scored 16 points to lead Nevada, while Jack Cheaney had 13, Drew Beachler added 12 and Brice Budd scored 11.

Aidan Cook scored nine points for the Wildcats (10-9, 1-1 Big 8). 

Nevada hosts Pleasant Hill on Tuesday. 


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