SIXTH-MAN SHOOTOUT: Sikeston's comeback not enough in loss to Lift for Life; Bledsoe reaches 1,000 points for career in win over John Burroughs

Sikeston's Payton Howard attempts an acrobatic layup, against Lift for Life, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in the Charleston Sixth Man Shootout, at Charleston High School.
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CHARLESTON, Mo. — Not even 24 hours removed from a dominating win over Poplar Bluff on Friday night, the Sikeston boys basketball team returned to action against Lift for Life on Saturday at Charleston High School.

The first half was one to forget for the Bulldogs, as they trailed by 10, 36-26, heading into the break, en route to a 70-66 loss.

Senior Payton Howard tried to will his team back from an early deficit in the first quarter.

Trailing 14-7, Howard scored four-straight points for Sikeston on back-to-back acrobatic layups to cut the Hawks lead to three points.

Then after responding with a bucket of their own, to make the score 16-11, Howard answered right back by getting inside the arc on the right side and hitting a pull-up jumper that got a shooter’s bounce to cut the lead to three once again, at 16-13.

Lift for Life, however, proved to have too many answers in the end.

At the end of the first quarter, Malcolm Johnson scored on a reverse layup to end the frame up by eight points, at 21-13.

Sikeston cut the lead to four points in the second quarter, after senior Clark Steward drove the lane and kicked it out to junior Leroy Atkins for a three from the right corner.

Atkins would add to his total after coming away with a steal and turning that into points at the other end, which cut the lead to two, at 21-19.

Lift for Life would then open it’s lead to nine, before senior Lontas McClinton rebounded a Howard missed jumper and threw up an acrobatic shot of his own that clanged off the rim and went down, to give himself a three-point play opportunity.

Momentum, though never really shifted in favor of the Bulldogs, as the Hawks grew, it’s lead out to 10 — their largest lead of the game at the time — after DeMarcus Sanford Jr. nailed a three from the left-wing.

After Sikeston responded in the third quarter, to cut the Lift for Life lead to three, at 50-47, the Bulldogs used that in the fourth, where they made a comeback.

Sikeston took the lead, with 4:10 left in the final frame after a McClinton and-one gave the Bulldogs a 58-57 lead.

However, that lead would not be held on for long, as Lift for Life regained control after that and stayed in control for the remainder of the contest.

Atkins led Sikeston with 19 points. He shot 5 of 9 from the field and added four rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Howard had 18 points, on 8 of 21 shooting, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

McClinton was the final Bulldogs to reach double-figures, with 17. He shot 4 of 13 and added a double-double with 14 rebounds — nine on the defensive end.

Sanford Jr. led Lift for Life with 21 points, while Rico Singleton had 19.

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LIFT FOR LIFE (70) — DeMarcus Sanford Jr. 21, Rico Singleton 19, Dakari Gray 8, Barcus Jackson Jr. 6, Demarious Haywood 5, Malcolm Johnson 4, Rictrelle McDaniels 3, Kerryn Robinson 2, Cory Sparkman 2. FG 29, FT 6-10, F 15. (3-pointers: Sanford Jr. 5, McDaniels. Fouled out: Gray)

SIKESTON (66) — Leroy Atkins 19, Payton Howard 18, Lontas McClinton 17, Nick Harrison 8, Kenyon Smith 4. FG 24, FT 17-23, F 11. (3-pointers: Atkins. Fouled out: none)

Charleston 82, John Burroughs 58

CHARLESTON, Mo. — In the nightcap of the Charleston Sixth Man Shootout, the host Bluejays eased their way to a win over John Burroughs.

Charleston won 82-58, with senior Sam Bledsoe reaching a milestone in the third quarter.

Charleston's Sam Bledsoe poses for a picture with a plaque after scoring his 1,000th point of his career, against John Burroughs, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in the Charleston Sixth Man Shootout, at Charleston High School.
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With 2:52 remaining, the senior nailed a three-pointer fro the left-wing, which was good for his 1,000th point of his career.

After the game, Bledsoe received a plaque honoring his accomplishment from athletic director and tournament director Michael Minner. Bledsoe finished with 12 points, on 6 of 11 shooting, to go along with three rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Senior Blessin Kimble led the team with 20 points. He neared a double-double with nine rebounds as well.

Fellow senior Terridean Bogan added 16 points, and neared a double-double as well, with nine assists.

Senior Isaiah Gillespie also finished in double-figures, with 14 points. He finished with five assists and three steals as well.

Tyson Ford led John Burroughs with 16 points.

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JOHN BURROUGHS (58) — Tyson Ford 16, Chris Pittman 10, Anand Dharmarajan 7, Adisa Roberts 5, Malachi Chunn 4, Jordon Ryan 4, Jared Mumphard 3, Martin 3, Simeon Williams 2, Clonger 2, Reed 2. FG 24, FT 7-28, F 20. (3-pointers: Dharmarajan, Mumphard, Martin. Fouled out: none)

CHARLESTON (82) — Blessin Kimble 20, Terridean Bogan 16, Isaiah Gillespie 14, Sam Bledsoe 12, Fletravion Stanbeck 6, Rico Coleman 5, Tyrell Ware 4, Suave Fitzpatrick 3, EK Davis. FG 30, FT 19-32, F 15. (3-pointers: Bledsoe 2, Bogan. Fouled out: Ware)

Kennett 79, Oak Ridge 69

Kennett's La'Quez Pulliam drives to the basket, against Oak Ridge, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in the Charleston Sixth Man Shootout, at Charleston High School.
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CHARLESTON, Mo. — Behind a 14 three-point performance, the Kennett boys basketball team outlasted Oak Ridge down the stretch at the Charleston Sixth Man Shootout on Saturday.

Sophomore Ben McMullan nailed six threes, while junior Kobe Gates hit five, and senior Jackson Henfling three, as the Indians defeated the Bluejays 79-69, at Charleston High School.

Starting the game, the Indians went on a 12-2 run, with every shot made coming from beyond-the-arc.

Oak Ridge senior David Layton’s initial 5-0 run ended after three-point field goals by Henfling, from the left-wing, McMullan from the left-corner, and Gates from the right-wing, that made the score 15-7.

The hot shooting continued in the second quarter, as Kennett went on a 12-4 run to start the period.

McMullan got the ball rolling for the Indians after hitting a three-pointer from the right-wing to push the lead to nine.

Shortly after, Kennett grew it’s lead to double-digits, as a Gates three from the right corner, made it 21-9.

After four-straight points from the Bluejays, Kennett went right back to what was working and continued to look for perimeter looks.

Another three by McMullan, from the left corner, made it an 11-point lead, at 24-13. Gates then added to the run, with a three from the left-wing, to make it 27-13 Indians.

Gates led Kennett with 24 points, while Henfling had 22. McMullan finished with 20 to round out the double-digit scorers for Indians.

Layton led all scorers with 37 points, while LeGrand had 16.

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KENNETT (79) — Kobe Gates 24, Jackson Henfling 22, Ben McMullan 20, La’Quez Pulliam 7, Dashawn Franks 4, Riley Henfling 2. FG 30, FT 5-9. (3-pointers: McMullan 6, Gates 5, J. Henfling 3)

OAK RIDGE (69) — David Layton 37, Zach LeGrand 16, Tanner Schamburg 6, Bryce Hahs 5, Drew Glueck 3, Luke Johnson 2. FG 22, FT 20-23. (3-pointers: LeGrand 2, Layton 2)

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