basketball

Despite a huge night from the 1-2 scoring duo of junior guard Gunnar Konkel and sophomore guard Bryson May the Salem High School boys’ basketball team stayed winless, falling at Eldon 69-63 in non-conference action Jan. 7.

Salem fell to 0-11 while the Eldon Mustangs ran their win streak to three and improved to 6-8.

The loss wasted a big game from Konkel, who after being shut out over the first quarter erupted for 32 points the rest of the way, including four 3-pointers. Konkel and E. May combined to score 53 of the Tigers’ 63 points, with B. May adding 21.

Eldon took a 15-10 lead after the first quarter. Salem outscored the Mustangs 18-16 in the second period to trim its halftime deficit to 31-28.

Despite nine points by Konkel, the Tigers lost ground in the third quarter, being outscored 16-14 in the period.

Eldon took a 47-42 lead into the fourth quarter and would keep the advantage despite Konkel’s 15 points and three treys the rest of the way.

The Mustangs also had an effective 1-2 scoring punch, as sophomore Hunter Hees finished with 25 points and freshman Gardner Casey 19.

This week the Tigers are to play Friday at Cabool in SCA play (6 p.m.).

St. James Tourney

Salem is to compete in the 77th annual St. James Tournament Jan. 17-22. Soldan is the No. 1 seed while Fatima is seeded No. 2, host St. James No. 3, Rolla No. 4, Sullivan No. 5, Waynesville No. 6, Licking No. 7 and Salem No. 8.

The Tigers are to meet Soldan at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 in first-round action.

In other first-round games: On Jan. 17 Rolla meets Sullivan at 6 p.m. And Tuesday, Jan. 18 it’s St. James vs. Waynesville at 6 p.m. and Fatima vs. Licking at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 20 in consolation play the Fatima/Licking loser plays the St. James/Waynesville loser at 6 p.m. while the Salem/Soldan loser meets the Rolla/Sullivan loser at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 21 the seventh-place game is set for 5 p.m. followed by the semifinals, with the Fatima/Licking winner playing the St. James/Waynesville winner at 6:30 p.m. and the Soldan/Salem winner taking on the Rolla/Sullivan winner at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 22 the fifth-place game is set for 3:30 p.m., the third-place game at 5 p.m. and the championship game for 6:30 p.m.

The scoring (FG-FT-TP):

Eldon 69, Salem 63

Salem (0-11): Konkel 14-1-32, B. May 7-6-21, E. May 1-0-2, Heavin 1-1-3, Gately 2-1-5, Totals 25-9-63.

Eldon (6-8): Hees 8-7-25, Casey 4-9-19, West 1-0-2, Reynolds 1-0-3, Rush 4-0-8, Wardenberg 5-2-12, Totals 23-18-69.

The score by periods:

Salem 10 18 14 21-63

Eldon 15 16 16 22-69