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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Wildcats claw back, fall again in OT

  • Trailing Springfield Central by 14 at the half (31-17), the Neosho boys easily could have packed their bags and given up. Instead, they came up with a gameplan and executed it well in the second half.
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  • Trailing Springfield Central by 14 at the half (31-17), the Neosho boys easily could have packed their bags and given up. Instead, they came up with a gameplan and executed it well in the second half.
    It almost worked.
    After Darrian Guillory got to the basket and scored with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 48, the Wildcats at that point had completed a magnificent comeback bid. But for the second time in as many games, the Wildcats took it to overtime and suffered a narrow defeat, 60-56.
    The Wildcats (0-2) began applying full-court pressure in the second half, which took away Central’s ability to utilize its athleticism and run the floor. That, and a 19-point second half by the sophomore Guillory, helped get them back in it.
    “They’re so athletic that we didn’t want to get in a track meet with them,” Wildcats coach Jason Horn said. “I thought we did a good job with that. At halftime we made an adjustment. We caused them to turn it over and then they started playing on their heels a bit.”
    Neosho outscored Central 15-6 in the third and 16-9 in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats led by as many as four in overtime before Central clawed back in it.
    The Bulldogs were led by Tre Robinson with 21 points, while D’Angelo Bedell had 12, Bradley Hardin two, Steven Jones two, Lyndon Heard eight, Braden Dankert six, Jorge Torres one and Isaiah Holyfield eight.
    Guillory led all scorers with 29 points, while Brett Williams had eight, Kaden Roy two, Logan Stuart seven, Lukas Werneke two, Devin Hames five and Caden Hendricks three.
    Neosho’s ninth graders defeated Aurora’s junior varsity in the Strafford JV Tournament, 50-42. Connor Johnson led Neosho with 15 points, while Ethan Siler turned in 14, Colton Marion 13, Coleman Scott five, Jon Moser two and Bryce Murphy one.
    Neosho’s varsity will take on Nevada at 5:30 p.m. today at the Carthage Tournament. 
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