SILO — Caney handed the Victory Life Eagles a 49-45 defeat in the fourth and final – and most exciting – game of the Silo Invitational Basketball Tournament on Monday.
The Eagles could have used a little more English in the bitter defeat. Senior forward Josh English scored 31 points in the losing cause. Chase Stampley added eight and Ethan Hollowell had six as the only other VLA players in the scoring column.
The game went back and forth, with the Cougars taking a 13-8 lead after one quarter. But the Eagles would soon take over after trailing 19-17 at the half. English scored 14 in the third as Victory Life went on an 18-6 run to take a 10-point lead.
Caney’s Garrett Green scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter rally, as the Cougars picked close to 10 steals in the quarter for numerous breakaway baskets.
Caney got within two before English scored to put the Eagles up 45-41 in the final two minutes. Dillon Vest (14 points) hit a short jumper for Caney and Shane Tisdale stole the VLA inbounds and tied the game on a layup.
The game was put out of reach when Hunter Manning collected another Caney steal and scored. Several whistles followed, leading to three free throws for Manning (2-3) and a critical possession for the Cougars.
VLA girls 32 Caney 26
SILO – Macie Bufkin scored 17 and grabbed a dozen boards to lead the Lady Eagles (3-3) over Caney (3-5).
Michaela Woodall scored nine points to go with four rebounds, Sarah Roesler had seven rebounds, while Amber Bruce and Madison Waterman scored a bucket each. Brittany Hall and Amy Roesler had critical free throws in the second half.
The first three quarters of the game were slow on scoring, with VLA leading 8-6 after the first and outscoring Caney 6-4 in the second. The Lady Eagles increased their lead to 21-11 by holding Caney to a free throw in a 7-1 third quarter.
The Lady Cougars put up 15 points on some late three pointers but ran out of time as VLA took the six-point win.
Silo boys 77 Madill JV 34
SILO – Kendall Shives turned in the second-highest scoring performance of the night with 30 points to pace the undefeated Rebels (7-0) over the junior varsity Wildcats. The win came as Silo debuted at No. 20 on the Class 2A state rankings.
Leonard Sandler added 15 for Silo; Kannon Dry had 10; Tanner Clark scored nine on a trio of three-pointers; Lance House scored a bucket in each quarter to finish with eight; Andrew Bolin added a late three; Jarris Hamilton finished with two.
Clark hit a pair of threes in the early going to extend a 16-2 Rebel lead. The run was answered by Madill with a 9-3 outburst stopped by a Lance House bucket. Silo clogged the passing lanes to collect several breakaway baskets on a second, devastating 16-2 run.
Silo finished the second 23-7 to take a 40-14 halftime lead. Shives scored 15 in the third to help Silo to a 63-26 lead.
Silo girls 83, Madill JV 28
SILO – The Bourne Supremacy was in the house Monday. Hannah Bourne led the Lady Rebels with 22 points, while Rachel Grider added 18 as Silo opened the tournament with a 55-point blowout of Madill’s JV squad.
Silo outgunned the Wildcats 43-14 in the first half and poured it on 39-14 in the second. Kenslie Stanley added 11, Riley Newton got hot late from three for nine points, Jacque Hendricks and Katlyn Halley (also true from beyond the arc late) scored eight each, Mary Grider had five, and Kara Felton had two.
Tuesday: 5 p.m. – Silo JV vs. Springer girls; 6:15 p.m. – Silo JV vs. Springer boys; 7:30 p.m. – Achille girls vs. Wapanucka; 8:45 p.m. – Achille boys vs. Wapanucka.
Thursday: 5 p.m. – Tuesday losers (girls); 6:15 p.m. – Tuesday losers (boys); 7:30 p.m. – Caney girls vs. Madill JV; 8:45 p.m. – VLA boys vs. Madill JV.
Friday: 5 p.m. – Silo girls vs. VLA; 6:15 p.m. – Silo boys vs. Caney. (Tuesday winners play at 7:30 and 8:45 p.m.)
Saturday games will be held at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 6 p.m. (girls championship) and 7:15 p.m. (boys championship).