The 2016 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions opened play Thursday afternoon at JQH Arena. The national high school boys basketball tournament is considered the most well-attended event of its kind in the country.
We will provide updates as the night progresses. For faster updates on tonight’s games, follow the News-Leader’s Rance Burger on Twitter @RanceBurgerNL.
Chaminade 67, Christ the King 48 FINAL
At JQH Arena
Christ the King (Middle Village, New York) 5-11-16-16—48
Chaminade (St. Louis, Missouri) 17-12-25-13—67
Christ the King—Jared Rivers 13, Jose Alvarado 12, Yashawn BrightGonzalez 8, Tracy Cleckley 5, Tyson Walker 3, Sean Nolan 3, Malik Anderson 2, Cai-el Smith 2
Chaminade—Jayson Tatum 21, Tyler Cook 15, Will Gladson 7, Isaac Olson 6, Mike Lewis II 4, Reggie Crawford 4, Jadis White 2, Marin Vrucinic 2, Karrington Davis 2
Ex-Drury basketball player Frank Bennett returned to Springfield and coached a St. Louis team to victory.
Chaminade (St. Louis) advanced to Friday’s semifinal with a 67-48 win over Christ the King (Middle Village, Queens, New York).
Duke signee Jayson Tatum has a first half double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Chaminade.
The Red Devils enter the game as the No. 1-ranked Class 5 team in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association state rankings.
Jared Rivers led Christ the King in scoring with 13 points.
The winning team will face Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California) Friday at 9:30 p.m. in the championship semifinals at JQH Arena.
Sierra Canyon 63, Kickapoo 41 FINAL
At JQH Arena
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California) 14-17-17-15—63
Kickapoo—Jared Ridder 13, Cameron Davis 11, Niekie Thomas-Fontleroy 6, Michael Fowler 4, Isaac Johnson 3, Travis Vokolek 2, Mitch Closser 2
Sierra Canyon—Cody Riley 30, Devearl Ramsey 9, Remy Martin 9, Adam Seiko 7, Terrance McBride 5, Michael Feinberg 2, Joseph Wallace 1
Kickapoo fell victim to cold shooting in a loss to Sierra Canyon. The Chiefs shot for a field goal percentage of 31.5 and made just two of the 19 3-pointers they attempted.
Cody Riley scored 18 first half points for the Trailblazers and finished with 30 points to lead all scorers. Riley is a junior with scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, USC and Maryland.
Sierra Canyon will play in the semifinals Friday at 9:30 p.m. Kickapoo falls into the consolation bracket and will play a 6 p.m. game.
Oak Hill 73, Bolivar 38 FINAL
Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) 19-25-15-14—73
Oak Hill—Liddell Wigginton 20, Matt Coleman 11, Mario Kegler 10, Braxton Key 7, Devontae Shuler 6, Khadim Sy 6, Montez Mathis 6, Kenny Nwuba 4, Ty-shon Alexander 3
Bolivar—Brandon Emmert 11, Bryce Krueger 8, Conley Garrison 5, John Michael Cates 5, Jack Pitts 5, Johnny Scott 4
The defending champions of the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions jumped into control early against Class 4 Bolivar.
Lindell Wigginton went 4-for-4 from the three-point line on the way to 16 first half points. The native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada finished with 20 to lead all scorers.
Oak Hill forced Bolivar to turn over the ball 10 times in the first half, hindering the Liberators’ offense. Brandon Emmert led Bolivar with 11 points.
Rainier Beach 74, Bishop Gorman 71
At JQH Arena
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) 14-14-24-19—71
Rainier Beach (Seattle, Washington) 21-24-15-14—74
Bishop Gorman—Chuck O’Bannon 31, Zach Collins 22, Christian Popoola Jr. 6, Byron Frohnen 6, Jamal Bey 3, Ryan Kiley 3
Rainier Beach— Sam Cunliffe 26, Kevin Porter 19, N’Keil Nelson 10, Kahlil Shabazz 7, Marquis Gurski 6, Keith Smith 6
The Vikings of Rainier Beach managed to cling to victory in the opening game of the 2016 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions Thursday night at JQH Arena.
Bishop Gorman trailed Rainier Beach by 15 points at halftime, but the Gaels erased the deficit in the second half to tie the score at 71 points with 21 seconds left in the game. Sam Cunliffe hit two key free throws to put the win on ice for the Vikings.
Cunliffe, an Arizona State signee, led Rainier Beach with 26 points. Sophomore Kevin Porter had 19 points for the Vikings.
Bishop Gorman junior Chuck O’Bannon led all scorers with 31 points and displayed why college teams such as UCLA, Arizona, Kansas and Missouri are interested in landing him.
Gonzaga commit Zach Collins, a 6-foot-11 forward, had a double-double for Bishop Gorman with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
2016 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions schedule
All games at JQH Arena
Thursday, Jan. 14
5 p.m. Rainier Beach (Seattle, Washington) vs. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada)
6:30 p.m. Bolivar vs. Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
8 p.m. Kickapoo vs. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California)
9:30 p.m. Christ the King (Middle Village, New York) vs. Chaminade (St. Louis, Missouri)
Friday, Jan. 15
5 p.m. consolation semifinal: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) vs. Bolivar
6:30 p.m. consolation semifinal: Kickapoo vs. TBA
8 p.m. championship semifinal: Rainier Beach (Seattle, Washington) vs. Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
9:30 p.m. championship semifinal: Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, California) vs. TBA
Saturday, Jan. 16
2:30 p.m. seventh place game
4 p.m. fifth place game
6 p.m. Great Southern Bank dunk contest
7 p.m. third place game
9 p.m. championship game