DDD BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Campbell & Naylor boys reach semifinals of Campbell Tournament, Risco falls to Neelyville

CAMPBELL, Mo. - The Campbell Camels experienced little difficulty reaching the semifinals of its own varsity boys basketball tournament Monday night.

No. 1 seeded Campbell built a 56-9 lead by halftime on its way past the No. 8 seeded North Pemiscot Bulldogs 83-18 in a quarterfinal.

No. 5 seeded Naylor beat No. 4 seeded Zalma 79-55 in the other quarterfinal Monday.

Campbell (7-2) will take on Naylor (4-1) in a championship semifinal Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Zalma (0-6) will take on North Pemiscot (0-7) in a consolation semifinal Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Blake Fowler scored a team-high 24 points for Campbell against North Pemiscot. He hit four of his squad’s six 3-pointers.

Kaden Siebert and Jacob Vines also finished in double digits for Campbell with 16 and 12 points respectively.

Josiah Roberts tallied a team-high nine points for North Pemiscot against Campbell.

No. 1 Campbell 83, No. 8 North Pemiscot 18

NPS 6 3 7 2 - 18

CHS 31 25 17 10 - 83

NORTH PEMISCOT (18) - Billy Moore 5, Josiah Roberts 9, Ethan Lawson 2, Christian Curtright 2. FG 8, FT 0/0, F 7. (3-pointers: None; Fouled out: None).

CAMPBELL (83) - Jacob Vines 12, Blake Fowler 24, Skylar Morrison 7, Carlos Camargo 6, Gavin Biggs 6, Kaden Siebert 16, Joey Barnett 3, Blake Belcher 5, Dakota Dodd 4. FG 37, FT 3/8, F 8. (3-pointers: Fowler 4, Morrison 1, Barnett 1; Fouled out: None).

No. 4 Neelyville 60, No. 5 Risco 49

The No. 4 seeded Neelyville Tigers jumped out to a 16-2 lead after one quarter of play and led the rest of the way as it beat the No. 5 seeded Risco Tigers 60-49 in a quarterfinal of the Clarkton varsity boys basketball tournament Monday.

Risco won the second and third quarters by two points to get as close 34-24 by the start of the fourth quarter but lost the final eight minutes of regulation by one point.

“We dug ourselves a big hole in the first quarter due to a lack of offensive execution and missing shots,” Risco coach Brandon Blankenship said. “Neelyville’s defensive pressure had a lot to do with that as they disrupted us quite a bit early. I was proud of our guys for battling back. We got as close as five points in the last three minutes but hats off to a well-coached, tough Neelyville team as they closed it out with Fowler making some big plays and going 5 for 5 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

“I was proud of our overall defensive effort,” Blankenship added. “We just have to execute better on offense.”

Curtis Fowler tallied 19 of his team-high 21 points after halftime for Neelyville.

Risco tallied 13 of its 17 field goals in the second half.

Andrew Rodgers scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half. He hit three of Risco’s eight 3-pointers.

Kamron Meese tallied 11 of his 13 points in the second half and Evan Pipkins scored seven of his 10 points in the second half for Risco.

Risco (3-5) will take on host Clarkton in a consolation semifinal Tuesday at 6 p.m. Neelyville plays South Pemiscot in a championship semifinal Thursday at 6 p.m.

No. 4 Neelyville 60, No. 5 Risco 49

RHS 2 10 12 25 - 49

NHS 16 8 10 26 - 60

RISCO (49) - Kamron Meese 13, Andrew Rodgers 19, Evan Pipkin 10, Michael Hull 3, Hayden Ludwig 4. FG 17, FT 7/10, F 17. (3-pointers: Meese 2, Rodgers 3, Pipkin 2, Hull 1; Fouled out: None).

NEELYVILLE (60) - Curtis Fowler 21, Parker Jeffries 4, Ryley Armes 8, J.D. Burton 2, Ethan Muse 3, Jacob Abner 8, Austin Ennis 6, Jemaane Williams 8. FG 24, FT 8/13, F 16. (3-pointers: Ennis 1, Muse 1, Williams 2; Fouled out: None).

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