Bombs Away: Dexter boys basketball makes 27 3s in 107-26 rout of Woodland in first round of SCAA
DEXTER — The Dexter Bearcats have struggled at the start of their previous three games and were in need of a fast start Monday night.
Junior Jackson Allen and his teammates didn’t disappoint.
Allen broke a school record for most 3-pointers in a game (12), and the Bearcats made 27 3s in all and routed seventh-seeded Woodland 107-26 in the first round of the SCAA boys basketball tournament at the Bearcat Event Center.
Allen broke the school record previously held by Ben Sindle, who made 11 in a game in the 2016-17 season. The junior’s feat is tied for eighth-best in state history, according to the MSHSAA record book. Jon Beck, of Scott City, and Brandon Wagner, of Park Hills Central, share the record of 16.
Allen’s eight first-half 3s are tied for seventh all-time, according to MSHSAA. Wagner holds the record with 11.
“He’s definitely a good shooter,” Dexter coach Chad Allen said of his son. “Of course, his teammates were encouraging him on. He definitely had a good night shooting.”
The Bearcats’ 27 3-pointers rank second all-time behind Meadow Heights, who holds the record of 36 set in 2006. Scott City and Meadow Heights are tied for third with 24.
Dexter’s nine 3-pointers in the second quarter rank fifth all-time.
The Bearcats will meet Advance in the championship semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Third-seeded Advance beat sixth-seeded Bloomfield 73-39 in the first round.
In Monday’s other first round game, fifth-seeded Richland upset fourth-seeded Puxico 49-46. Richland will meet the Bernie-Bell City winner in the championship semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Bernie and Bell City are scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Allen finished with a game-high 36 points, Carter Dorton made five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. Logan Wyman sank three and finished with 11 points. Ryder Boles, Cole Nichols and Dylan Sitze made two 3s apiece, and Peyton Driskill had one.
The Bearcats shot out to a 62-point halftime lead behind 17 first half 3-pointers.
“We shot the ball extremely well, especially in that first half,” Chad Allen said. “You definitely want your kids playing hard. We played extremely hard that first half. It just seemed like everything we threw up was going in.”
The Bearcats (9-6) made their first six shots of the game, including 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, to take a 13-0 lead.
Dexter shot 89% (8 of 9) from 3-point range in the first quarter to take a commanding 32-10 lead into the second.
The Bearcats continued to excel from long range in the second quarter, going 9 for 13 (69%) to take a 73-11 halftime lead.
Dexter held the Cardinals to no field goals in the second quarter. Woodland went 0 for 6 from the field. Jasper Storie made a free throw with 1:51 to play for Woodland’s only point.
“We put fresh bodies out there,” Chad Allen said. “It’s definitely a plus. (Depth is) a good thing to have. I thought we were pretty active for the most part defensively tonight, especially that first half. We tried to pack it in the second half and not get out and pressure.”
Dexter held a 17-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter and extended its lead to 90-20 entering the final period. The clock ran continuously in the fourth because of the 30-point mercy rule.
Jamon Frymire led Woodland (4-13) with nine points.
WOODLAND (26) — Jamon Frymire 9, Carter Mayfield 6, Jasper Storie 3, Jaiden Deck 3, David Jansen 3, Tyson Moyers 2. FG 9 FT 1-2 (3-pointers: Frymire 3, Mayfield 2, Deck, Jansen).
DEXTER (107) — Jackson Allen 36, Carter Dorton 18, Logan Wyman 11, Ryder Boles 8, Garrett Henson 8, Cole Nichols 7, Peyton Driskill 7, Andrew Ellinghouse 6, Dylan Sitze 6. FG 39 FT 2-4 (3-pointers: Allen 12, Dorton 5, Wyman 3, Boles 2, Sitze 2, Nichols 2, Driskill)
Richland 49, Puxico 46
The Rebels withstood a furious comeback attempt by Puxico to advance to the championship semifinals.
The Rebels (5-10) led by as many as 12 points early in the third quarter when Matt Finch scored inside for a 30-18 advantage.
Puxico (5-12) sliced its deficit to six twice in the third — 30-24 on a 3-pointer by Matt Caldwell and 34-28 on a fast-break layup by Joel Bannister.
A putback by Caldwell tied the score at 38 in the fourth quarter, and Caldwell hit a pull-up jumper for a 40-39 advantage, the Indians’ first lead since 16-15 in the second quarter.
The lead changed hands four times and the score was tied twice in the fourth quarter.
The Rebels took the lead for good on Tanner Freeman’s 3-point play, which gave them a 47-45 advantage with 2:17 to play.
Ethan Helm made a free throw with 30.2 seconds left to cut Richland’s lead to 47-46, and Freeman clinched the win with a 3-pointer with 25.9 seconds to go.
Puxico ran down the clock and attempted a 3-pointer before the buzzer, but the shot didn’t fall.
The Indians led 16-11 after one quarter. Richland pulled ahead 26-18 at halftime and took a 34-28 lead into the final quarter.
Richland’s Damon Ivy scored a game-high 22 points, and Freeman had 11.
Caldwell paced Puxico with 13 points.
RICHLAND (49) — Damon Ivy 22, Tanner Freeman 11, Matt Finch 7, Andrew Partenberry 4, Skylar Oakley 2, Chris Siebert 2, Shai Sherfield 1. FG 17 FT 13-18 (3-pointers: Ivy 2)
PUXICO (46) — Matt Caldwell 13, Dalton Andrews 8, Ethan Helm 8, Lucas Plunkett 8, Bailey Zych 5, Joel Bannister 2, Nolan Foster 2. FG 19 FT 4-8 (3-pointers: Plunkett 3, Caldwell 2, Helm, Zych)
Advance 73, Bloomfield 39
The Hornets took control over the middle two quarters, outscoring Bloomfield 47-25 en route to a first round victory.
Advance (14-3) led 15-10 after one quarter but pulled ahead 34-21 at halftime and 62-35 after three quarters. The clock ran continuously for much the fourth because of the 30-point mercy rule.
Advance’s Jack Below scored 25 of his game-high 35 points in the second and third quarters.
Jaren Schrader scored seven of his 13 points in the second quarter, and Landon Dailey finished with 10.
Parker Heaton paced Bloomfield (2-13) with 10 points.
BLOOMFIELD (39) — Parker Heaton 10, Gage McNeil 8, Jeffrey Jarrell 6, Lane Bader 6, Jamison Dodd 5, Gavin Chasteen 2, Sam Whitaker 2. FG 14 FT 9-17 (3-pointers: Heaton 2)
ADVANCE (73) — Jack Below 35, Jaren Schrader 13, Landon Dailey 10, Hunter Curtis 6, Zach Simms 5, Hayden Hitt 4. FG 30 FT 10-15 (3-pointers: Curtis 2, Below)