The Cape Central Boys Varsity Basketball team ripped through the Fountain City Classic Tournament in DeSoto last week and took home some hardware. They shredded Fox before dispatching North County, and then, in what was a crazy shootout, knocked off Sikeston to snatch the Championship.
The first game was on Wednesday against Fox, and the Tigers were primed and ready to go. The first quarter featured 20 points from the Tigers, nine of them from Cameron Williams, and the Cape defense surrendered just 11. They followed that up with 16 in the second and held Fox to 14 for a 36-25 lead at the break.
Fox snuck back into the game in the third quarter though, with a 13-11 advantage in the frame, but Central was not going away. They exploded in the fourth quarter with 22 points and put down the Warriors 69-46. It was a convincing victory on all fronts.
Williams was the leading scorer with 22 points from eight buckets and a 6-of-7 performance from the line. Jay Reynolds had a spectacular game as well with four three-pointers and a cool 18 points. The win catapulted the Tigers into the Semifinals of the tournament.
This game would have a wrinkle in it though, as the Tigers would have to take on the North County Raiders without Williams, and they felt it early. The Raiders went up 17-12 after the first quarter and looked like they were going to run away with it, but Central fought back in the second. Three key buckets from Reynolds helped as they clawed their way back into the game to make it 30-27 in favor of North County at the half.
There must have been some inspiring locker room chatter from Head Coach Drew Church, because the Tigers came out on fire in the third. They dropped 20 points on the Raiders and allowed just six, taking a 47-36 lead into the final frame. In the fourth they matched their previous total and fended off North County to win the quarter 20-14 and the game 67-50.
Reynolds stepped up in this one with Williams out and led the team with 23 points, and he nailed the only three Cape three-pointers in the contest. He was supported by Latroy McIntosh, who had 15 points on the night.
And then there was the Finals.
The Tigers would have to face the Sikeston Bulldogs, and that would be no easy task. That didn’t faze the boys from Cape though, as they put up 22 in the first quarter and held the Dogs to just 10. Things evened out a bit in the second frame though, as both team drained 14 points to make it 36-24 at the buzzer.
The second half was nuts.
Central dropped a 28-burger on Sikeston, thanks to 14 points from McIntosh, but the Bulldogs managed 25 points of their own, setting up a 64-49 fourth-quarter showdown. In the final frame, Max Vogel hit a clutch three and had five points to help keep Sikeston at bay. The Bulldogs did win the quarter 22-20, but it wasn’t enough as they lost the game and the Championship 84-71.
Williams had 15 points in his return, but McIntosh was the scoring leader with 24. Vogel had 12 and Reynolds had 14, once again leading the team in treys with three.
The Tournament win gave the Tigers a 3-0 start to the season and has started some growing whispers that they might be able to go all the way this year. Their quest continues this week as they will participate in the SEMO Conference Tournament.