By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Pittsfield boys basketball team turned to experience with Friday's game against Griggsville-Perry on the line.
Holding a 40-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Saukees' two returning starters from last year's team, Kennedy Kattelman and Ethan Borrowman, sank 9 of 11 free-throw attempts to help Pittsfield seal a 55-50 victory in the Pittsfield Turkey Tournament.
"They did a great job of stepping to the line and doing what they needed to," Pittsfield coach Brad Tomhave said.
The Saukees (2-1) led by just three points, 30-27, at halftime and outscored the Tornadoes 10-6 in the third quarter.
Kattelman and Borrowman combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter. Kattelman finished with a game-high 21 points and Borrowman added 11.
The Tornadoes outscored Pittsfield 17-15 in the fourth quarter to keep the game tight.
"Griggsville-Perry did a great job of making a run," Tomhave said. "We made mistakes due to their pressure and that made the game as close as it was."
It was the third straight loss for the Tornadoes, who were led by 15 points from Dryden Craven and 13 points from Matthew Kennedy.
Earlier in the day, Pleasant Plains built a 32-21 halftime lead and held Payson Seymour to just four points in the third quarter en route to a 60-43 win. The Cardinals improved to 3-0.
Jake Voss scored 15 points and Lance Buhlig added 13 for Payson (2-1). Payson's Cody Hildebrand also reached double figures with 13.
On Saturday, Payson plays Hannibal at 3 p.m., Griggsville-Perry faces Liberty at 4:30 and Pittsfield takes on Pleasant Plains at 6 p.m.
Gully Transportation/Suns Classic Tip-Off Tournament: Austin Hardy scored 16 points and Parker Gibbs added 11 as West Hancock claimed a 49-36 victory over Western. The Titans played without standout senior Paxton Harmon, who sat out with a sprained ankle.
The Titans (4-0) led 19-15 at halftime and tacked on 15 points each in the third and fourth quarters.
Izack Hively led Western (1-3) with 13 points.
West Hancock will play Quincy Notre Dame in the tournament championship at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Pit. Harmon is expected to play in that game.
In the first game, Unity used a 9-0 run in the first half to take the lead for good in a 45-34 victory over Central.
After falling behind 9-3, the Mustangs held the Panthers to three points in the second quarter to take a 17-12 halftime lead.
Andrew Doyle and Lane Davis scored 11 points apiece to lead Unity (2-2), while Kurt Schuster scored a game-high 13 points to lead Central (0-4).
McPherson College 74, Hannibal-LaGrange University 56: The Trojans fell to 0-5 on the season with a loss in the Columbia College Tournament.
McPherson took a 34-28 halftime lead and outscored HLGU 40-28 in the second half to seal the victory.
Arii Meuel led the Trojans with 17 points. He was 7 of 14 from the field and made three 3-pointers. HLGU's Alistair McCann added 12 points, and Jomal Green had 11.
South Dakota 81, Culver-Stockton College 73: The Wildcats mounted a rally late, but it wasn't enough to pull off the victory in Vermillion, S.D.
South Dakota (2-3) built a 17-point lead with 8 minutes, 44 seconds to play in the second half, but the Wildcats whittled the lead behind a 9-0 run sparked by two baskets apiece from Marshawn Norris and Jermaine Jones.
Norris led the Wildcats (4-2) with 23 points. He made 9 of 24 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 16 from 3-point range. Mario Gulley added 13 points and Austin Keaton chipped in 12 for C-SC.
C-SC outscored South Dakota 38-32 in the paint and scored 23 points off turnovers.