In the midst of beating the sixth-seeded Malta Bend Tigers 63-50 last night in the CCAA Tournament at Bunceton, the Bunceton Dragons basketball team also showed a little class late in the fourth quarter against the Tigers.
While leading 63-38 at the 4:04 mark in the fourth, Bunceton head coach Yancy Cody decided to let Malta Bend sophomore Arthur Drunkle score a point for the Tigers. But it wasn't just one basket, Drunkle scored the team's final 10 points over a span of two minutes and 28 seconds.
"We were already up 25 so this was one of those games where everybody got to play," Cody said. "We did the same thing at their place, where we let Arthur score. All in all I thought the kids played well. Aaron Clevenger stepped in for his brother and had a good game with a team-high 20 points."
While the win put the Dragons in the third-place game against Prairie Home, the Panthers struggled to find any consistency in their game last night against the Otterville Eagles while falling by a score of 49-42. Meanwhile, in the only girl's game last night, the No. 3 Jamestown girls cruised past sixth-seeded Malta Bend 54-23.
Tournament action will continue on Saturday, with the Malta Bend girls playing Higbee in the seventh-place game at 11 a.m., followed by the Malta Bend boys versus Higbee for seventh place at 12:30 p.m., Prairie Home girls versus Otterville for third place at 2, Bunceton boys versus Prairie Home for third place at 3:30, Jamestown girls versus Bunceton in the championship game at 5 and Jamestown boys versus Otterville for the title at 6:30.
In addition to scoring 20 points on the night for the Dragons, who improved to 6-8 on the season, Clevenger also had 12 rebounds for a double-double along with one steal and one assist.
Junior Kyler Tucker, meanwhile, finished the game with 16 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Senior Ashton Campbell added 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal while Kyle Held chipped in six points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals, Will Twenter with four points, a team-high 18 rebounds, four assists and one steal, and Dylan Custer with two points and one steal.
For Malta Bend, Tyler Jenkins had 13 while Trent Horn and Arthur Drunkle added 10 points each.
With three players in double figures for the game, the Dragons also led Malta Bend from start to finish while leading 20-7 after one, 43-21 at the break and 54-28 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period with most of the starters on the bench for Bunceton, Malta Bend rallied back behind the shooting of Drunkle to outscore the Dragons 22-9.
The Tigers also made the most of the opportunity at the foul line while hitting on 7 of 11 shots for 64 percent compared to only 11 of 24 for Bunceton for 46 percent.
Page 2 of 2 - As for the Prairie Home boys, they had a slow start to say the least against Otterville while trailing 22-13 at the half. Although the Panthers put up nine points in the opening period, they would add only one basket and two free throws in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, after the Eagles led by as much as 11 points in the third quarter, Prairie Home rallied back again behind the shooting of senior Trever Huth, who scored six of the team's 12 points, to cut the lead to five at 30-25 with 1:00 left.
Huth also led a 7-0 run for the Panthers in the final period to cut the lead to three at 38-35 with 2:27 left. Unfortunately for Prairie Home, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Otterville came back with a 9-7 advantage for the rest of the game for the victory.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald this was a very ugly game early on.
"We had zero intensity to start this game and the second quarter Otterville fed off of it," Oswald said. "The second half we picked things up and really locked in on defense and was able to make a game of it, but one bad quarter cost us. Offensively we were very stale throughout the first 20 minutes or so. Defensively I felt that we did a good job. We will have to learn from this. I feel like this was a game that we could've won and a team that we could've beat tonight, but we just had to slow of a start."
Ryan Benny had a game-high for the Eagles, 10-6 on the season, with 21 points while Devin Rockett added 11, Jacob Gaskell and Elliott Kroeker each with seven and Justin Halgren with three.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 9-9 on the season, Trever Huth had 19, Sam Distler 10, Kody Utterback seven and Rayce Kendrick, Klay Holliday and Chance Whitehurse each with two.
As for the Jamestown girls, they led Malta Bend 36-11 at the half and 48-16 after three quarters of play.
Mackenzie Strother had 16 points and Lexi Muri 10 for the Lady Eagles.
For Malta Bend, Kayla Kiehl tossed in 11 points.