Lakers prevail over 'Jackets in Blue and Gold

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The Lebanon High School boys' basketball team fell to the Camdenton Lakers 60-55 in overtime in the first round of the Blue and Gold tournament in Springfield on Wednesday.

By: 
ALEX BOYER alex@laclederecord.com

SPRINGFIELD — After posting one of its better wins of the season against the Waynesville Tigers last Friday night, the No. 5 seed Lebanon High School basketball team was upset in the first round of the Blue and Gold tournament by the Camdenton Lakers (4-3) on Wednesday, 60-55 in overtime.

The ‘Jackets led by a score of 49-47 with 46 seconds remaining in the contest when junior Jordan Lewis received a technical foul for taunting, giving the Lakers two shots and possession.

Standout Camdenton quarterback Paxton DeLaurent, who led the Lakers to a victory over the ‘Jackets (5-3) in the fall on the gridiron, converted both technical free throws to tie the game up at 49 apiece.

DeLaurent finished with a team-high 18 points for Camdenton.
The Lakers missed a contested baseline jumper to force overtime, but from then on, it was all Camdenton as they outscored Lebanon 11-4 in the overtime period.

“It is frustrating to come out one night and play so well and then come out on (Wednesday) and play so flat,” head coach Bill Brown said after the loss. “We are struggling with emotional toughness, and we had balls bouncing off kids hands, and was a rough night for 3/4 of the team … It is going to be a learning experience.

“We have to be able to handle our composure in tight situations and got a technical at the wrong time when we had just got the ball back, and they say it’s learning and growing, but I think it’s toughness and we have to get tougher.”

For most of the contest on Wednesday, it was Camdenton who found themselves on the ground hustling for 50/50 balls and outrebounding Lebanon.

“They got on the loose balls and out-toughed us for most of the game,” Brown mentioned. “We came out in the first quarter and acted like they (Camdenton) weren’t going to be able to make a shot, but they hit some three-pointers and jumped on us quick. We kept battling, and I thought once we got the lead in the third quarter that we would be in good shape, but we got nerves and didn’t bounce back.”

Lebanon junior Quenton Shelton led all scorers with 31 points while no other ‘Jackets scored in double figures.

“We had a team effort, but he (Shelton) is doing everything that we are asking him to do,” Brown said. “He missed a couple of those jump shots he usually makes and could’ve had darn near 40, but we have to find the people who winning is important to them.”

The ‘Jackets are slated to take on either Glendale or Marshfield on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Hammons Student Center.

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