MOUNT VERNON — For the connoisseur of the high-scoring basketball game that's not a bogged down free throw shooting contest, Tuesday night's Class 3, District 12 quarterfinal between the Stockton Tigers and the East Newton Patriots offered fans a real free-wheeling basketball treat.
In the end, Stockton outscored East Newton 17-7 in overtime for an exciting 94-84 win at Mount Vernon High.
The Patriots had a 69-60 lead in the fourth quarter, but Stockton earned a 75-all score nearing the final minute after four straight points by Drew Wheeler. East Newton's only six points of a 15-6 stretch for Stockton came on a pair of 3-point shots by outstanding freshman Connor Killion. Those would be the last points of the game for Killion.
Dustin McDermott gave the Patriots back a 77-75 lead, then Clayton Hubbard earned a tie score. Neither team could take advantage of their final opportunities in regulation and Stockton missed a couple shots in the final seconds. Empty possessions cost East Newton its lead in regulation and then cost the Patriots the game in overtime. The Tigers took advantage even before the prerequisite fouling began, highlighted by five straight points from Hubbard for a 84-79 lead.
Hubbard scored a game-high 34 points for the Tigers, while Wheeler finished with 28 and Gannon Kenney added 18. Jacob Greenlee and Jake Wheeler rounded out the scoring with eight and six, respectively.
Killion went for 32 points behind a machine-like barrage of nine 3-pointers, while McDermott and Caleb Jackson scored 14 and seven points, respectively, in their final high school games. It was Jackson who hit a game-winning halfcourt shot last Friday against Monett, a shot that will be talked about for a long time at East Newton.
Fellow senior Dalton Moore added 10 points and Tanner Youngblood, another talented East Newton freshman, picked up nine. The Patriots, who had three straight wins entering the postseason, finish with a 11-14 overall record.
Stockton improved to 18-8 entering Friday's semifinal against host Mount Vernon.
Seneca 54, El Dorado Springs 53 (OT)
In the second overtime contest Tuesday night, the Indians held on for the one-point win after El Dorado Springs' Trey Babcock's 3-point shot came up short at the buzzer.
Seneca took a 54-50 lead early in overtime with consecutive baskets from senior big men Gavin Dunnam and Cameron Brattin. Dunnam posted up El Dorado Springs' Shelby McKinney, who had four personal fouls.
Kaiden Simmons hit a trifecta for a 54-53 score, then it was hang on for dear life for Seneca after a pair of missed free throws.
In regulation, it seemed fitting that Seneca senior Brett Reeves hit the tying 3-pointer with around 20 seconds remaining on the clock.
Fitting, because of Reeves' struggles for most of the night and for the fact the referees called him for the cardinal sin of basketball, fouling Babcock on a 3-point attempt. Babcock made all three free throws for a 49-47 El Dorado Springs lead.
The Bulldogs' leading scorer Derek Hayes split at the stripe for a 50-47 lead, leaving the door open for Reeves to step on through.
Brattin led Seneca with 14 points, while the trio of Joe Thurston, Gavin Clouse, and Dunnam each finished with nine. Thurston and Clouse each alternated halves for all their points, Thurston in the first and Clouse in the second half. Reeves finished with five points, all late in regulation.
Hays led El Dorado Springs with 17 points, while McKinney and Babcock finished with 12 and nine, respectively. Seneca improved to 3-0 in overtime games this season, with their previous wins over Neosho (75-74 in double overtime) and McDonald County (61-55).
The Indians enter Friday night's semifinal against Lamar 15-11 on the season. In their previous meeting this season, Lamar handed Seneca a 47-41 defeat.
Lamar comes into the semifinal clash 16-10 on the season with four straight wins. The Tigers defeated Butler 77-63 on Tuesday.
Mount Vernon 75, Diamond 13
The Diamond Wildcats probably don't want to see the Mount Vernon Mountaineers for quite some time after their basketball games Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, the Mount Vernon girls scored the game's first 55 points en route to a 95-17 win over Diamond.
On Tuesday, the Mount Vernon boys scored the game's first 32 points en route to a 62-point running clock victory.
In the boys contest, Mount Vernon's superior size and strength dominated the Wildcats, who struggled offensively all night against the length of such players as Kyle Bushman (6-foot-8) and Chase Brashers.
Diamond senior Hunter Renfro scored the Wildcats' first points, his only two of the night. Fellow senior Christian Maturino led Diamond with four points, while Colby Housh and Hunter Russow each added three points.
Diamond finished with a 4-20 record.
Mount Vernon enters the semifinals 19-8 on the season.