BLOOMFIELD, Mo. - The Hayti Indians and Bloomfield Wildcats collected wins in the closest Saturday contests at the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament.
No. 9 seeded Bloomfield beat No. 5 seeded Twin Rivers 47-44 in the first fifth-place semifinal Saturday. Bloomfield won the fourth quarter 13-8. Twin Rivers missed two treys in the final 10 seconds of regulation that could have forced overtime.
"We got the ball in the right hands down the stretch, made some really good reads and knocked down some big shots," Bloomfield coach Jason Karnes said. "On the defensive end we also got some big rebounds down the stretch."
Bloomfield has collected two upset-wins in its three games at the 16-team double-elimination tournament. Both of the games Bloomfield won came down to the final shot.
"I'm really proud of these kids," Karnes said. "They have competed and played really well this week. We talk about consistency a lot and these last three days we've been as consistent as we have been all season. That's a really good sign for me as a coach to see that growth over these last three days. We've played three really good teams in Malden, Kennett and Twin Rivers and have executed about as good as we possibly can."
Third-seeded Hayti beat seventh-seeded Portageville 50-49 in the second fifth-place semifinal Saturday. Portageville missed two field goals in the final nine seconds of regulation that would have put them on top.
"It's a miracle we got here," Hayti coach Philip Taylor said of the victory. "The last nine seconds took forever. We knew Banks was going to take the shot. I just didn't know where he was going to get it. He got it in the corner. I really thought Dominique was going to hammer that ball home when he came in, but luckily it missed. A win is a win regardless of if it is ugly or pretty. We got a 'W' and we get to come back and play one more. The goal was to play four and we did it."
Hayti is 2-0 against Class 2 district rival Portageville this season. Hayti won the first meeting against Portageville by two points.
"To me those are fun games," Taylor said of the one-posession games. "The kids are the ones that have to do it. I know Jason Irby is probably not very happy, but if we can have games like that every time we play that makes this all worth while. It really does. It makes games fun and maybe brings more people out to support these kids and support high school basketball."
Bloomfield (7-4) will take on Hayti (7-3) in the fifth-place championship Monday at 4 p.m.
View box scores for the fifth-place semifinal games below:
No. 9 Bloomfield 47, No. 5 Twin Rivers 44
BHS 8 12 14 13 - 47
TRS 13 13 10 8 - 44
BLOOMFIELD (47) - Caleb Baker 9, Brett Ruch 11, Austin Williamson 8, Thomas Sanders 3, Austin Battles 5, Zac Goode 11. FG 17, FT 7/9, F 10. (3-pointers: Phillips 3, Baker 2, Battles 1. Fouled out: none)
TWIN RIVERS (44) - Nathan Ezernack 2, Blake Moore 8, Michael Snider 15, Wes McCollum 4, Eric Ray 12, Cade Lowe 3. FG 19, FT 3/8, F 12. (3-pointers: Moore 2, Snider 1. Fouled out: none)
No. 3 Hayti 50, No. 7 Portageville 49
PHS 13 7 17 12 - 49
HHS 11 11 18 10 - 50
PORTAGEVILLE (49) - Dion Foster 12, Dominique Walker 14, Robert Anderson 2, Denzell Simmons 6, A.V. Banks 12, Daniel Allen 3. FG 17, FT 11/19, F 15. (3-pointers: Banks 4. Fouled out: none)
HAYTI (50) - Maurion Newbill 27, Cedrick Harris 3, Kenard Humes 3, Brandon Burden 3, Demetrius Luster 3, Frankie Burden Jr. 11. FG 21, FT 7/13, F 17. (3-pointers: Harris 1. Fouled out: Burden Jr.)