Taller Cape Central squad seeks to defend Christmas title

Cape Girardeau Central forward Doreante' Tucker (21) eyes the Kennett defense during a semifinal matchup in the recent SEMO Conference Tournament at the Sikeston Fieldhouse in Sikeston.
Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian

Editor’s note: This is a series of articles leading up to the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Dec. 26.

The 75th annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament will get underway Dec. 26 at the Show Me Center and consist of 34 games being played over the course of four days (no games will be played Dec. 29).

Each day leading up to Dec. 26 in the Southeast Missourian print edition, we will look at one of the opening day match-ups.

Match-up: No. 2-seed Cape Girardeau Central (6-0) vs. No. 15 seed Woodland (1-4)

Game time: Dec. 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Tigers coach Drew Church on his team: We bring back four kids who played a lot of minutes last year. We have a little more size this year. We play a couple of kids, one is 6-4 or 6-5 (junior Rolandis Robinson) and the other is 6-6 (freshman Cam Williams). That gives us a different dimension. They’ll be able to guard. Yesterday (playing a freshman in varsity) was bad. The other two games it was good.

Cardinals coach Paul Lynch on his team: We are in our first year and we don’t have much at all returning. Our group is learning a lot of things. We’ve been in games, but don’t know how to put four quarters together. Overall, we’re not really good.

Something to know: The Tigers recently snapped Sikeston’s four-year reign over the SEMO Conference Tournament on the Bulldogs’ home floor.

Last year in the Christmas Tournament: Woodland finished the event 1-2 with losses to Notre Dame (69-37) and Scott City (72-52) while beating Advance (62-58).

Cape Central won the 2018 tournament by beating Bell City (103-16), Chaffee (85-30), Notre Dame (70-56), and Jackson 57-26 in the title game.

Tickets: $5 per session

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