Oak Ridge, Scott City to play for consolation championship of Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Ryan Below drives against Chaffee's Trevor Morehead during the third quarter of their consolation semifinal game Saturday at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at Jackson High School. (Fred Lynch)

There was both exasperation and relief in Oak Ridge coach Adam Stoneking's voice following his team's win Saturday afternoon.

"We tried to give away a game," he said. "We gave it away. There's no doubt about it. It's just something stupid happened and we ended up winning. I don't know. I really don't."

The 11th-seeded Blue Jays (9-2) watched a 14-point lead disappear in the third quarter and trailed by four points with under two minutes to go before eventually defeating 10th-seeded Chaffee 52-44 in a consolation semifinal of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at Jackson High School.

Oak Ridge will play for ninth place today against Scott City, which defeated Woodland 78-50 in the other consolation semifinal.

"I was really proud that they didn't give up," Stoneking said." It was like 1:45, 1:50 and we're down four and they have some really good free-throw shooters, and I'm thinking man if we start fouling it's going to get ugly."

Scott City's Ryan Fortner shoots over Woodland's Dylan Miller during the first quarter of their consolation semifinal game of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at Jackson High School. (Fred Lynch)

Oak Ridge's Ryan Below partially blocked a shot, giving the ball back to the Blue Jays. A shot Chaffee coach Josh Govreau said never should have been taken.

"We just happened to get that ball, and Kelby [Brown] comes down and makes probably the biggest shot of his life -- a pull up one-on-five 3," Stoneking said.

Chaffee coach Josh Govereau called timeout with 5:21 left in the third quarter with his team trailing 34-20.

"We were disappointed in their intensity," Govreau said.

Chaffee (8-4) defeated the Blue Jays in the consolation championship the last two seasons.

"They've kind of become one of our little rivals here in the last few years seeing them in the Christmas Tournament, so us not coming out with much intensity -- we were aggravated at them," Govreau said. "It was just kind of getting on them more than anything. We changed our defense up I think at that timeout, which kind of changed things a little bit."

The Red Devils closed the quarter on a 17-2 run to lead 37-36 entering the fourth.

"Something happened there in the third quarter," Stoneking said. "They just started playing a little bit harder. ... The wheels just kind of fell off. We just started fouling inside. We stopped guarding, turned the ball over -- doing things we shouldn't be doing in our offense. I don't know. We found a way to pull it out there at the end."

Oak Ridge's Ethan Seyer got a steal on the possession following Brown's 3-pointer, and Ryan Below turned it into three points when he was fouled making a shot.

The Blue Jays made five of six free throw attempts after that to seal the win.

Lance Rohde led Oak Ridge with 16 points while Brown finished with 13 and Hunter Seyer added nine.

Peyton Montgomery had 22 points to lead Chaffee.

Oak Ridge will face Scott City in the consolation final at 2 p.m. today at the Show Me Center.

Oak Ridge 16128 16  --52
Chaffee13420 8--45

OAK RIDGE (52) -- Ethan Seyer 3, Hunter Seyer 10, Kelby Brown 13, Ryan Below 9, Lance Rohde 16, Corvin Schoen 1. FG 16, FT 16-20, F 15. (3-pointers: H. Seyer 1, Brown 3. Fouled out: None.)

CHAFFEE (45) -- Peyton Montgomery 22, Layton Tenkhoff 5, Jared Walker 5, Jimmy Golden 2, Tyler Golden 2, Charlie Montgomery 4, Trevor Morehead 5. FG 15, FT 10-16, F 22. (3-pointers: P. Montgomery 3, Tenkhoff 1, Walker 1. Fouled out: P. Montgomery.)

Scott City 78, Woodland 50

Scott City coach Mark Dannenmueller has kept the focus on his team's improvement during consolation play at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament.

"I haven't given them any scouting report the last two days," Dannenmueller said. "We've just been focusing on ourselves. We want to fix stuff on our team, so I just kind of gave them some key points for the other team and we've just gone with it."

The approach helped move the Rams into the consolation semifinals Saturday.

"It's worked, so maybe I've been giving them too much information all along," Dannenmueller joked. "I don't know, but our kids have done a good job of realizing what we need to do."

One thing the ninth-seeded Rams (6-5) need to do is get the ball inside to senior center Ryan Brock. Brock scored the first 11 points of the game for Scott City and finished with a game-high 31 points.

"The last two games we've done a good job of moving the ball and then it creates an opening in the middle, and we're able to get him the ball," Dannenmueller said. "We just tell the kids all the time to put your teammates in a spot to be successful, and I think it was doing a good job of that."

The Rams used the outsides shooting of senior guard Jesse Sanders, who scored 26 points.

Scott City led throughout the game but used a 19-0 run that covered parts of the third and fourth quarters to distance itself from 13th-seeded Woodland (2-9).

"Throughout the tournament as a whole, we played well," said first-year Woodland coach Ryan Garnett. "We had a good showing. To be honest with you, I think for 10 quarters we had a great showing. The second half of this game we were out-gunned a little bit. We don't have the size and the ability to keep up with Scott City the second half, and they were able to pull away."

Sophomore Garret Reynolds led Woodland with 23 points.

Scott City will face Oak Ridge in the consolation final at 2 p.m. today at the Show Me Center.

"We really wanted to play in the championship game," Brock said. "We have a chance to go 3-1 in the Christmas Tournament, which we haven't done in a long time."

Woodland11219 9--50
Scott City21202017--78

WOODLAND (50) -- Aaron Yount 2, Tyler Yount 2, Garret Reynolds 23, Garett Faulkner 2, C.J. McCallister 5, Ben McCormick 5, Dylan Miller 5, Devon Ritter 2, Ben Lincoln 4. FG 20, FT 9-16, F 18. (3-pointers: Reynolds 1. Fouled out: None)

SCOTT CITY (78) -- Eric Urhahn 2, Trent Pobst 2, Jesse Sanders 26, Johnathan McFall 7, Dominic Hooper 4, Ryan Fortner 6, Ryan Brock 31. FG 27, FT 20-26, F 16. (3-pointers: Sanders 3, Fortner 1. Fouled out: None)

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