By THE HERALD-WHIG
At first, Todd Cripe thought he was experiencing deja vu. But his North Shelby boys basketball team had a different ending in mind.
A month after losing to Knox County 64-23, the Raiders turned the tables, beating the Eagles 57-55 Saturday night to claim the championship of the North Shelby Tournament in Shelbyville, Mo.
Fueled by nine points from Royce Poore and Donovan Edwards' five, the Eagles stormed to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter.
Knox County added 14 points in the second quarter to take control 36-16 at halftime.
"We're down 20 points at halftime and it was like deja vu all over again," Cripe said. "Our seniors just decided they weren't going to lose the game."
North Shelby had a chance to ice the game with free throws but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and missed one of a pair.
Knox County had the ball with seven seconds left and called a timeout. The Eagles set the play for Poore to shoot a 3-pointer. Poore got the shot off but missed and Edwards snared the offensive rebound.
He missed his putback attempt and North Shelby came away with the defensive rebound and the victory.
Poore led all scorers with 19 points.
Payson Seymour 42, West Hancock 38: After trailing at the end of all three quarters, the Indians engineered a fourth-quarter comeback to claim the win in Hamilton, Ill.
Payson trailed 23-17 at the half and was behind 31-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
Cody Hildebrand scored six of his 10 points and Lance Buhlig added five of his team-high 13 in the final period for the Indians (16-3).
Paxton Harmon led West Hancock (16-5) with 16 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter.
Collinsville 47, Pittsfield 37: The Saukees managed a 21-15 lead at halftime, but were outscored 14-2 in the third quarter and could never recover.
Wayde Smith led Pittsfield (10-11) with 17 points. Eli Petty added 11 points for the Saukees.
Southeastern 44, Western 40: Leading by six after three quarters, the Suns salted away the victory at the free-throw line as Shea Flesner, Matthew Ramsey and Justin Hainline combined to go 6 of 9 from the stripe down the stretch.
Overall, Southeastern (11-10) went 10 of 18 from the line.
"We made enough to win," Suns coach Todd Fox said. "We did a nice job of attacking their zone and getting to the line. We did some nice things."
Flesner scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the first half. Jake Walch scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half for Western (8-12).
Illini West 66, Farmington 52: Brody Gronewold scored 17 points and Ethan Neally added 16 to help the Chargers to victory in the Great Western Shootout in Abingdon, Ill.
Levi Kirby chipped in 13 points for Illini West (10-7), which was up 42-26 at halftime.