OFF AND RUNNING: Area teams kick-off their respective seasons Friday in the first day of the Riverbend Shootout

Charleston’s Isaiah Gillespie (40) dribbles around a Brian Visor (30) screen against Memphis Day, during the first day of the Riverbend Shootout, at New Madrid County Central High School, on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
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NEW MADRID, Mo – It didn’t take long for Charleston to get its first gut-check of the year.

In their season-opener against Memphis Day Academy, the Bluejays surrendered a double-digit second-half lead before a late stand helped Charleston emerge victors 76-71 Friday at the Riverbend Shootout.

“We played a great team,” Bluejays’ head coach Danny Farmer said. “I was so excited that we played so well the first half and then ended the game the way we did. We played close tough at the end. That builds character. It’s a great win for us.”

Memphis tied things up with a Denver Jones basket with 1:18 to play, 71-71, and back-to-back missed shots by Charleston on the other end led to a Gladiator rebound.

With under a minute to play, Memphis was running down the clock to set up the last shot only to see Isaiah Gillespie deflect a pass for Charleston before hauling the ball in for a steal.

Back on the offensive end, the Bluejays saw Blessin Kimble got fouled before hitting half of a pair of free throws to put his team up 72-71 with 18 seconds remaining.

A timeout by Charleston after the made free throw allowed Farmer to direct his team on what he saw as the Gladiators likely game plan on their next drive.

That timeout proved crucial as Memphis’ DeCoreio Smith drove the lane for the potential game-winning basket only to get called for a charge as Kimble set up in his path near the basket.

The charge fouled Smith out at 24 points, and the Bluejays hit on four of their final six free throws to hold on for the win.

“The thing about it is we called a timeout and told Kimble to slide over,” Farmer said of the key foul. “(We thought) Smith would drive to the bucket. We didn’t want him to beat us, so I told him to slide over and take the charge. I was excited over that.”

Kimble led Charleston with 25 points while Terridean Bogan and Sam Bledsoe scored 22 and 12 points, respectively.

Denver Jones added 18 points to Memphis Day’s cause.

“Offensively, we played great,” Farmer said. “I didn’t expect this, to be honest with you, to play as well as we did. But I’m excited we did. Memphis is a good team. They have Division 1 (quality) players. We knew that going into the game.”

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MEMPHIS DAY (71) – Alex Williamson 10, Denver Jones 18, Jeren Mitchell 7, Mark 4, Tori Cummings 2, DeCoreio Smith 24, Sam Clark 2, Jones 4. FG 27, FT 14-20, F 31. (3-pointers: Williamson 1, Jones 2, Smith 1, Jones 1. Fouled out: Williamson, Cummings, Smith, Clark.)

CHARLESTON (76) – Terridean Bogan 22, Sam Bledsoe 12, Tyrell Ware 2, Isaiah Gillespie 15, Blessin Kimble 25. FG 25, FT 23-39, F 19. (3-pointers: Bogan 3, Bledsoe 1. Fouled out: Brian Visor.)

Covington 87, NMCC 73

NEW MADRID, Mo – Closing out the opening night of the Riverbend Shootout, the New Madrid County Central Eagles fell 87-73 to Covington, Tenn.

The Chargers led 23-14 after the first quarter and extended their lead to 12-points entering halftime.

Covington outscored NMCC in each of the final two quarters to hold on to their double-digit leads and pick up the win.

Travontae Powell led the Chargers with a game-high 28 points. Tyjuan Smith and Brandon Alston added 18 and 12 points to their team’s cause, respectively.

For the Eagles, Ke’von Williams scored 21 points with Ansel Underwood pitching in 16 points.

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COVINGTON (87) – Devin Dean 6, Travontae Powell 28, Martez Logan 8, Bremarious Tipton 6, Tyjuan Smith 18, Tyric Winfrey 5, Brandon Alston 12, Alijah Bland 2, Ivan Williams 2. FG 37, FT 11-19, F 24. (3-pointers: Powell 1, Logan 1. Fouled out: none.)

NMCC (73) – Kylan Minner 2, Jaden McFerren 4, Christian Phillips 9, Caden Howell 2, Bryshawn Williams 5, Ansel Underwood 16, Ke’von Williams 21, Marcelous Phillips 8, Donnie Ray Brown 6. FG 32, FT 11-26, F 20. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)

Kelly 76, Roosevelt 61

NEW MADRID, Mo – A strong fourth quarter helped the Kelly Hawks hold off the Roosevelt Roughriders 76-61.

Roosevelt outscored the Hawks by four points in the third quarter to cut an eight-point halftime deficit in half going into the fourth quarter.

Kelly out-paced the Roughriders 25-14 in the final frame, however, to prevent a comeback and open their season with a win.

Devin Heuring and Bryce Morgan scored 15 points each to lead the Hawks, and Gavin Jansen was close behind with 14 points.

Justyn Boyd led Roosevelt with 30 points.

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ROOSEVELT (76) – Damontay Jones 3, Kamron Davis 3, Justyn Boyd 30, Andre Cooper 8, Malik Leggette 8, Dj Mitchell 2, Malik Henderson 7. FG 19, FT 11-15, F 26. (3-pointers: Jones 1, Davis 1, Boyd 7, Cooper 2, Leggette 1. Fouled out: Cooper.)

KELLY (76) – Joel McClain 10, Devin Heuring 15, Bryce Morgan 15, Drew Dirnberger 11, Gavin Jansen 14, Jay Noon 11. FG 23, FT 25-33, F 11. (3-pointers: Heuring 1, Morgan 1, Dirnberger 1, Jansen 2. Fouled out: none.)

Cairo 80, Risco 41

NEW MADRID, Mo – A dominant start guided Cairo, Ill., to an 80-41 win over Risco.

Cairo jumped out of the gate to a 23-8 lead after the first quarter and extended their lead to 21-points, 41-20 entering halftime.

Daurice Morse led the Pilots with 18 points, and Andrew Rodgers paced the Tigers with 17 points.

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RISCO (41) – Kamron Meese 7, Andrew Rodgers 17, Evan Pipkin 10, Hayden Ludwig 7. FG 16, FT 7-11, F 13. (3-pointers: Meese 1, Rodgers 1. Fouled out: none.)

CAIRO (80) – Cameron Davis 9, Terrell Jones 6, Dorian Howard 3, Dequavius Williams 16, Isaiah Brown 9, Riko Nelson 9, Richard Miles 2, Alton Hervey 8, Daurice Morse 18. FG 34, FT 7-15, F 18. (3-pointers: Howard 1, Williams 3, Brown 1. Fouled out: none.)

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