Central overcomes losses, topples Mehlville

Saturday, January 19, 2002

The Cape Girardeau Central boys basketball team, after recently losing two of its key players, used a fantastic finish to avoid another loss on the court Friday night.

Central's Matt Cardin hit a short bank shot at the buzzer to lift the Tigers (4-11)to a thrilling 52-51 victory over visiting Mehlville (6-9). Central snapped a four-game losing streak.

"It's a great win for us," Central coach Derek McCord said. "I don't care what our record is, these guys work so hard and I'm really happy for them. Our kids never quit and they had every chance to in the fourth quarter."

The Tigers were playing without center Seville Bell and forward Mitch Craft, a pair of sophomore starters. Craft recently quit the squad while Bell was suspended. But Central overcame their absences with a stirring finish after squandering leads of seven points at halftime and five points after three quarters.

With five seconds remaining, Jay Ruark banked in a 3-pointer that pulled Central to within 51-50. With four seconds left, Mehlville's Michael Sloan missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw opportunity, leaving the door open for the Tigers.

Anthony Harris grabbed the rebound and immediately hit Ruark with an outlet pass. Ruark took one dribble and found Cardin underneath for the winning shot as the buzzer sounded.

Cardin, who also hit a big 3-pointer in the late going to keep Central within striking distance, paced the Tigers offensively with 16 points.

Central's JV (6-5) romped 64-34 behind 22 points from James Dalton and 17 from Wayne Wiggins.

The Tigers will be back in action today as they travel to St. Louis to face undefeated Parkway West, the state's second-ranked Class 4A squad.

Scott County 69, Oran 68

DELTA, Mo. -- Second-seeded Scott County Central won the championship of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament by upsetting top-seeded Oran in overtime.

The Braves (10-6) were led by Chris Johnson with 16 points. Desmen Johnson had 15, Terrance Williams 12, Chris Pullen 11 and Jeremy Johnson 10.

Nathan Seyer scored 33 points for the Eagles (11-4). Patrick Friga and Joey Bickings both added 10.

Richland 84, Zalma 64

ZALMA, Mo. -- Sherome Cole scored 21 points and Josh McMullin had 20 as Richland kept Zalma winless.

The Bulldogs (0-12) were led by Chad Wiseman with 24 points and Steven McCain with 20. Brad McKlin added 12.

S. Iron 104, Meadow Hgts. 71

PATTON, Mo. -- Chad Middleton poured in 31 points as hot-shooting South Iron (13-3) swamped Meadow Heights.

The Panthers (7-6) got 22 points from Joey Bell and 16 from Josh Mayfield.

Grandview 62, St. Vincent 39

PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- St. Vincent continued to struggle as the Indians were shut out in the fourth quarter to remain winless in Jefferson County Conference play.

The Indians (6-6, 0-4), who trailed 49-39 after three quarters and were outscored 13-0 in the final period, were led by Adam Bockman, Tyler Wengert and Matt Wengert with eight points apiece.

Perryville 59, Hillsboro 53

PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perryville remained undefeated in the Jefferson County Conference.

Chad Ozark led the Pirates (12-4, 3-0) with 19 points. Also in double figures: Andrew Meyr (13), Jason Dreyer (12)and Justin Dreyer (11).

Boys swimming

SLUH 133, Cape Central 43

Central fell to 2-8 in dual meets, but the Tigers had their first state qualifying performance of the season as diver Cecil Quinn made the cut.

Quinn was one of two first-place finishes by the Tigers, the other coming in the 200 freestyle relay.

-- From staff reports

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