Two local high school boys basketball teams closed mid-winter tournament play with wins on Saturday while another suffered a heartbreaking defeat. Here’s a recap of Saturday action involving Gibault, Waterloo and Columbia:
Hawks take inaugural Okawville tourney title
Gibault completed a thrilling four-game sweep of the first Okawville Invitational Tournament with two close victories on Saturday.
First up for the Hawks was Vandalia. Sophomore Trevor Davis was at it again after having won the game at the buzzer Friday night against Wesclin. Davis poured in 31 points on 15-for-17 shooting against the Vandals, adding seven rebounds and three blocks in a 71-68 win.
Gibault led by six points at the half, but the Vandals hung around in the second half and actually had a chance to tie it late. Vandalia missed a three-point shot at the buzzer and the Hawks advanced.
Brian Deterding continued his recent scoring binge, adding 21 points and nine rebounds. Jacob Rueter set a school single-game record for assists with 20. As a team, the Hawks shot 60 percent from the floor.
The Hawks then faced host team Okawville for the tourney championship, and the game was close throughout. Gibault led 30-28 at the half, and neither team could build a lead of more than a few points until the very end.
Gibault (14-7) shot 50 percent from the floor and emerged victorious with a 59-54 win. Deterding led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds. He finished with 83 points over the four-game tourney.
Davis added 15 points and two blocks.
The Hawks will host Madison on Friday night.Waterloo’s Rick Wiegand goes up for two points against Trico in first half action at Sparta on Friday night. (John Spytek photo)
‘Dogs fall to Trico
Waterloo was shooting for a third straight Sparta Mid-Winter Classic title on Saturday, but it was not to be on this night. The Bulldogs lost to Trico, 30-27, in a game that featured very little offense.
As it had in previous tourney games, Waterloo employed a full court press for much of the contest, which kept Trico from establishing any sort of offensive rhythm. The Bulldogs, however, were unable to find any offense of their own.
Waterloo led 16-15 at halftime, but the difference in the game was a half-court buzzer beater made by Trico at the end of the first quarter.
The game stayed close throughout, but Trico took the lead in the final minutes and Waterloo was not able to connect on multiple attempts to tie it at the end. The ‘Dogs only managed to score two points in the fourth quarter.
For the game, Waterloo shot just 7-for-22 in the paint while holding Trico to 5-for-22 shooting in the paint.
Waterloo’s defense has not allowed an opponent to score more than 40 points in a game since Dec. 27.
The ‘Dogs play at Civic Memorial on Friday.
Columbia ends Triad tourney with win
The Eagles suffered two tough losses to start the Triad Mid-Winter Classic, but ended on a high note with a 57-37 win over host team Triad on Saturday.
Columbia shot 51 percent from the floor as a team, and blew open what was a close game at halftime by outscoring the Knights 16-6 in the third quarter.
Korbin Farmer closed out his impressive tourney performance with 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks to lead the Eagles. Freshman Jordan Holmes added 12 points, as did Zach Mathews.
The Eagles (13-5) will play Tuesday at Red Bud before hosting Okawville on Friday.
For an earlier recap of tourney action, click here.
Valmeyer coasts to victory
The Pirates hosted Collinsville Christian on Saturday in a game that had been rescheduled multiple times. Valmeyer led 35-9 at halftime and rolled to a 64-28 win to improve to 11-9 on the season.
Valmeyer shot 55 percent from the floor for the game.
Zach Williams once again led the Pirates in scoring with 14 points — including his 1,000th point. Trent Larsen added 11 points, and Griffin Seidler scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Valmeyer will play at Lebanon on Friday.
Read more local high school basketball action in the Republic-Times newspaper on Wednesday.