Wrapping up a busy week with a victory, the Salem High School boys’ basketball team rolled over St. Clair 72-49 Saturday, Feb. 8 in the third-place game of the weather-delayed 31st annual Owensville Tournament sponsored by The Maries County Bank.
Earlier last week the Tigers dropped a pair of SCA games, falling to Mountain View Liberty 77-64 Friday, Feb. 7 at Mountain View and being knocked off by Thayer 80-47 Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Salem.
“It’s been a tough two-week stretch for us,” said Salem head coach Bryan Carty. “Thayer and Liberty are both really talented. We played with Thayer for a while and turnovers got the better of us. Against Liberty we came out with very little energy and they just shot the ball extremely well.
“We got back on the right track against St. Clair (Saturday). That’s a district opponent who we beat by seven earlier in the year, and a 23-point win will have district seed implications in a week or two.”
This week Salem, 9-11, is slated to play at Mountain Grove Tuesday and host Ava Friday (6 p.m.) in conference games. The Tigers are also scheduled to participate in the Bourbon JV Tournament this week.
Salem 72, St. Clair 49
The tournament was scheduled to wrap up Jan. 11 but the finals had to be postponed until Saturday due to wintery weather.
Also Saturday Steelville defeated Linn 54-46 in the championship game.
In the third-place game things were tight for a half before Salem ran away from the St. Clair Bulldogs after intermission.
With 6-9 junior post Lucas Morrison putting in eight points Salem clung to an 18-17 advantage after one quarter. The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 17-15 in the second quarter to go into halftime up 35-32.
It was all Salem in the second half, as St. Clair was limited to just seven field goals over the final two quarters.
Salem outscored the Bulldogs a whopping 26-9 in the third period to take a commanding 61-41 cushion into the fourth quarter. Senior guard Reese Dodson pumped in seven points in the final period to help make sure there would be no St. Clair comeback.
Morrison and Dodson combined for 41 points, Morrison getting 22 and Dodson 19.
Dodson was named to the all-tournament team.
Senior guards Dayton Turner and Calvin Henry scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, for St. Clair, now 9-9.
Salem (9-11): Dodson 6-5-19, May 1-0-2, Wulff 2-0-5, Connell 1-0-2, Carmack 4-1-9, Chilton 5-1-13, Morrison 10-2-22.
St. Clair (9-9): Turner 7-3-17, Henry 6-0-15, Hoffman 1-0-3, Kintel 2-0-5, Hinson 1-2-4, Broune 1-0-2, Downey 0-1-1.
Liberty 77, Salem 64
A strong Tiger second half wasn’t enough to overcome a poor start.
The Liberty Eagles fired in four 3-pointers to take a 22-14 lead after one period. Dodson tallied seven points in the second quarter but the rest of the team managed just two additional points in the period and went into halftime down 40-23.
The Tigers righted the ship offensively after intermission but could not slow Liberty down enough to make a comeback. Salem was outscored 27-20 in the third quarter and trailed 67-43 heading into the final period.
Three Tigers scored in double figures, with Morrison getting 18 points, Dodson 15 and 6-4 senior forward Carter Chilton 13. Salem hit five treys.
Senior guard Zach Stretch netted 23 points and 6-5 junior post Kaden Daniels 20 for Liberty, 14-5. The Eagles netted eight 3-pointers.
Salem: Dodson 6-0-15, May 1-0-2, Wulff 1-2-4, Arzt 1-0-2, Connell 1-0-2, Carmack 2-0-4, Chilton 4-3-13, Simpson 1-2-4, Morrison 9-0-18.
Liberty (14-5): Lee 1-2-4, Acklin 6-0-15, Stretch 9-3-23, Weldon 1-0-2, Cornman 4-3-11, Keegun Daniels 1-0-2, Kaden Daniels 8-1-20.
Thayer 80, Salem 47
After a competitive first quarter, it was all Thayer the rest of the way thanks in part to sophomore guard Jordan Andrews. Thayer clung to a 15-13 lead after the first period but then outscored the Tigers 65-34 the rest of the way. It was 37-26 at halftime and 58-39 entering the fourth quarter.
Morrison scored 17 points and Dodson 16 for Salem.
Andrews erupted for six 3-pointers and finished with 30 points – 24 in the first half – to power Thayer, now 16-4.
Salem: Konkel 1-0-2, Dodson 6-2-16, Carmack 1-2-4, Chilton 3-1-9, Morrison 7-3-17.
Thayer (16-4): G. Pitts 3-2-8, Haven 6-1-14, L. Pitts 2-1-5, Andrews 9-6-30, Cray 1-0-2, Grimes 3-4-10, Doss 2-0-4, Nicholson 3-1-7.