Family Affair

It's a game somebody had to win and somebody had to lose.

Well, duh. That is why they play the game. (Except for Friday afternoon's Jefferson City-Helias alumni game, which ended in a weary, muscle-aching 49-49 tie).

Neither coach wanted any part of this game --- the former, not the latter.

"Horrible," said dad, Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon.

"It was very difficult," said son, Mexico coach Brennan Scanlon, fighting back tears.

There may be no crying in baseball, but in basketball, apparently anything goes.

The Scanlon Family Affair played out Friday night at Fleming Fieldhouse, as Rock Bridge whipped Mexico 74-46 in a loser's bracket game of the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic.

In the winner's bracket semifinals, St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio) outlasted Helias 51-48, and Memphis Lausanne (Tenn.) turned back Louisville Male (Ky.) 69-61. The Jefferson City Jays were awarded a forfeit against their own JV in the other loser's bracket game.

In the State Farm Invitational semifinals, St. Joseph Benton beat Helias 48-36 and Quincy (Ill.) rallied past Eurka 53-43. In the loser's bracket, Lee's Summit West handled Jefferson City 55-45 and Louisville Male (Ky.) topped Mexico 60-51.

But the marquee matchup of the day --- or at least the most interesting --- was this father-son pairing.

The scoreboard now reads: Dad 1, Sons 0.

Jim's youngest son, Blair, is the head coach at California. But this was the first time dad --- a veteran coach of more than 800 games --- had coached against one of his sons.

"I mean, we won and I'm happy for our guys," Jim said, "but I feel bad for (Brennan). Because he's always for me when I'm playing, and I'm always for him when he's playing.

"I'd rather not do it again. I couldn't enjoy the win, because I knew I was beating him. It's tough.

"We both dreaded it all day."

Happy Holidays.

"I consider myself the ultimate competitor," Brennan said. "I was never scared of anything, but I was jittery coming into this one. I just wasn't myself."

As for the game itself, it wasn't much of one. The Bruins (3-5) led 20-12 after one quarter and stretched the lead to 16 points in the second, before the Bulldogs (8-2) closed the first half with a 12-3 spurt to get within 31-24.

Rock Bridge took charge with a 17-2 outburst to start the second half, led 51-31 after three, and it was over. Jackson Dubinski led the Bruins with 17 points, while Cole Jaramillo had 11 for the Bulldogs.

"Our guys came out and played well," Jim said. "I told them before the game that this was a tough game for me, when you go against your family.

"I'm glad we won, we needed one. But it's melancholy."

As if this game weren't dripping enough with family ties, Jim's 4 year-old granddaughter, Brennan's daughter, found her way onto grandpa's lap during the game and sat there for several minutes.

"I've never coached with a child on my lap," grandpa said with a smile. "But if she wants to sit on my lap, she's more than welcome to sit on my lap."

Perhaps she saw the scoreboard and wanted to sit with the winning team. But if Brennan had tears in his eyes before the game, this sight must have produced Niagra Falls.

"It just makes it hard to coach the game," said Brennan, who was still fighting back tears after the game. "I normally want to kick somebody's butt before every basketball game, but that's not the way I felt tonight.

"When you don't have that feeling, it's just a different experience. You always want your team to win, but it probably worked out the best way possible."

St. Francis DeSales 51, Helias 48

From start to finish, this game was tighter than your best friend's wallet.

"We really felt confident coming into the game that we could give them everything they wanted," Helias coach Josh Buffington said, "and I thought our kids did.

"I thought it was a good basketball game and well-played by both teams."

Helias (4-5) --- which was seeking its first holiday tournament title since 2006 --- led 17-15 after one quarter, before DeSales (5-3) edged into a 29-27 lead at the break.

"They're a talented team," Buffington said. "You don't travel 10 hours to play basketball if you're not confident in what you have."

It was tied at 33 in the third, when an inside score by Hale Hentges --- who led Helias with 16 points --- started a 7-2 run. That spree was capped on a 3-pointer by Garrett Buschjost with 5 seconds left in the frame.

Two free throws by Alex Barton stretched the margin to 42-35 early in the fourth. But the Stallions finished the game with a 16-6 surge, taking the lead for good at 49-48 at the 2:34 mark on an inside score by the best athlete on the floor, Taz Collins, who made some ankle-breaking moves to the hoop.

"We turned the ball over on crucial possessions late, and that got us beat," Buffington said. "That's the nature of a young team, but I'm really proud of our effort tonight."

Oliver Grimard led the Stallions with 13 points and Collins scored 12, while Brock Gerstner chipped in 12 points for the Crusaders.

"We played some of the best basketball we've played all year tonight," Buffington said, "and hopefully we can build on that."

Memphis Lausanne 69, Louisville Male 61

In an entertaining, athletic affair, the Lynx pulled away in the final minute from the Bulldogs to advance to the championship game.

The Lynx trailed 16-15 after the first quarter, led 31-27 at the half and 49-48 after three.

Cameron Payne --- a slender 6-2 senior and a sharp-shooting lefty who's headed to Murray State --- poured in 21 points to pace Lausanne (9-3).

For Male (8-4), Josh Stoner ripped the cords for 22 points.


St. Joseph Benton 48, Helias 36

The Lady Cardinals outscored the Lady Crusaders 16-7 in the third quarter to build an 11-point lead at 36-25 at Rackers Fieldhouse.

The lead may have well have been 111.

"They got the lead and then just ran the clock ... they ran lots and lots and lots of clock," Helias coach Doug Light said.

Need proof? In the first 4 minutes, 15 seconds of the fourth quarter, the Lady Cardinals scored one point --- and increased their lead.

"There's not a whole lot you can do," Light said. "They know how to run their offense and take time off the clock. Then, you have to foul.

"They hit their free throws and we didn't convert on our end."

Bre Zanders led Helias (6-3) with 15 points and Hillary Hentges had 11, while Mallory McAndrews led Benton (6-1) with 12 points.

"They just had all the answers tonight and they were just the better team tonight," Light said. "But we'll learn from this and be ready to go (Saturday)."

Quincy 53, Eureka 43

Eureka appeared to be in good shape entering the fourth quarter, as it held a 39-33 lead over Quincy. But appearances can obviously be deceiving.

The Lady Wildcats (6-3) had two starters foul out early in the fourth, which led to a rash of turnovers, and they were also whistled for a technical foul. All of that paved the way for the Lady Devils (8-4) to use a 20-4 scoring edge in the final frame to pull away for the 10-point win.

Quincy --- which is seeking its first holiday tournament title in its third appearance --- received 16 points from Jordan Fletcher.

For Eureka, Lindsey McCoy scored 10 points.

Lee's Summit West 55, Jefferson City 45

Despite of a big comeback in the third quarter, the struggles continue for the Lady Jays.

"We hit a stretch in the first quarter and then another stretch in the fourth quarter where we just had too many empty possessions," Lady Jays coach Shane Meyer said.

The Lady Titans (2-5) led 18-7 after one quarter and 34-23 at the half, before the Lady Jays (2-9) grabbed a 36-35 lead heading into the fourth.

"I thought we were a little more patient in the third quarter and got some things we wanted," Meyer said.

But the Lady Titans, who received 16 points from Taylor Jackson, outscored the Lady Jays 20-9 in the fourth to win by 10.

Megan Foster scored 12 points for the Lady Jays, who will play in the unglamorous seventh-place game at 9 a.m. Saturday.

"Obviously, you're fighting a little bit against human nature and that makes it tough," Meyer said. "But we have a chance to go out and get a win, so it doesn't matter what time the game is.

"We want to get our third win, that's our goal."

Louisville Male 60, Mexico 51

The Lady Bulldogs (7-5) bolted to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter in their victory over Mexico (4-5).

Male led 28-21 at the break and 42-32 entering the fourth, before Mexico used 12-2 run --- capped on a score by Brooke Costley, who scored 14 points --- to get within 46-44 with five minutes left.

But the Lady Bulldogs, who received 21 points from Tonysha Curry, closed the game with a 14-7 run to secure the nine-point win.

Here are the tournament results and Saturday's eight-game schedule at Fleming Fieldhouse:


At Fleming Fieldhouse


First Round
Louisville Male (Ky.) 58, Rock Bridge 57Memphis Lausanne (Tenn.) 65, Mexico 48St. Francis DeSales (Ohio) 68, Jefferson City 59Helias 73, Jefferson City JV 32


Winner's Bracket Semifinals
St. Francis DeSales 51, Helias 48
Memphis Lausanne 69, Louisville Male 61

Loser's Bracket Semifinals
Rock Bridge 74, Mexico 46

(Varsity Jays win by forfeit)
Noon --- Seventh place, Jefferson City JV vs. Mexico

1:30 p.m. --- Fifth place, Jefferson City vs. Rock Bridge

6:30 p.m. --- Third place, Helias vs. Louisville Male

8 p.m. --- Championship, St. Francis DeSales vs. Memphis Lausanne


At Rackers Fieldhouse


First Round
St. Joseph 52, Mexico 34

Quincy (Ill.) 67, Jefferson City 54

Helias 49, Louisville Male (Ky.) 43

Eureka 58, Lee's Summit West 43


Winner's Bracket SemifinalsSt. Joseph Benton 48, Helias 36
Quincy (Ill.) 53, Eureka 43

Loser's Bracket Semifinals
Louisville Male 60, Mexico 51
Lee's Summit West 55, Jefferson City 45


At Fleming Fieldhouse

9 a.m. --- Seventh place, Jefferson City vs. Mexico

10:30 a.m. --- Fifth place, Louisville Male vs. Lee's Summit West

3:15 p.m. --- Third place, Helias vs. Eureka

4:45 p.m. --- Championship, St. Joseph Benton vs. Quincy