By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Mitch Nichols and Tre'von Jones combined to make 13 free throws in the fourth quarter to help the Hannibal boys basketball team pull away for a 60-47 victory over Kirksville Wednesday night in the final game of the Hannibal Tournament.
The Pirates, who placed second in the four-team round-robin tournament, led 36-34 after the third quarter. Hannibal was 13 of 17 from the line in the final quarter.
Eric Hugenberg made five 3-pointers in the second half and scored a game-high 17 points to lead Hannibal (2-1), while Jones finished with 14 and Vincent Elder added 13.
Earlier in the evening, Columbia Rock Bridge scored 31 points in the first quarter on its way to an 89-42 victory over Knox County.
Rock Bridge, which wrapped up the tournament title with a 3-0 record, led 31-9 after the first quarter and 58-17 at halftime.
Royce Poore led Knox County (0-3) with 16 points. The Eagles were outsized especially with the absence of Brady Johnson, who missed the game due to a family emergency.
Zach Carroll led five Bruins players in double figures with 23 points.
Pittsfield Turkey Tournament: Liberty made 10 3-pointers and put the clamps on Pittsfield defensively in the middle two quarters of a 69-33 victory.
The Eagles outscored the Saukees 21-8 in the second quarter to take a 33-18 halftime lead. They stretched that advantage to 52-25 by the end of the third quarter.
Michael Blewett led Liberty (2-0) with 23 points, while Michael Mast scored 19 points and made five 3-pointers. Connor Wolf added 12 points for the Eagles.
Wayde Smith led Pittsfield (1-1) with 22 points.
In the first game, Illini West bounced back from Monday's season-opening loss to Pittsfield with a 66-53 victory over Pleasant Plains.
The Chargers (1-1) led 20-14 at halftime and extended that to 38-26 at halftime.
"We did a better job tonight of not settling for 3-pointers," Illini West coach John Hughs said. "We did a better of working the ball around for good shots and attacking the basket."
Braden Bennett led the Chargers with 26 points, while Nate Palmer scored 14 and Nolan Ard added 10.
Suns Classic: West Hancock and Central won on the opening night of the four-team round-robin tournament at Augusta, Ill. West Hancock edged Southeastern 47-45 and Central beat Unity 56-32.
A 6-0 run to end the third quarter put Southeastern ahead 31-30. But West Hancock made three 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to take the lead and never trailed after that.
Devin Rings led the Titans with 18 points and Trevor Knipe added 13. Shea Flesner led the Suns with 17 points and Winston Smith added 11.
Central's pressure defense paid off in the second quarter as it blanked the Mustangs 11-0 to take a 21-1 halftime lead.
Taylor Heimann led the Panthers with 15 points, while Jacob Eilers scored 12 and Cole Phillips added 10. Will Klusmeyer led Unity with nine points. The Mustangs played without all-area performer Lane Davis who is recovering from an injury to his left hip.
Quincy 80, Pittsburg State 59: The Lady Hawks pulled away early in the second half to stay unbeaten in a non-conference game at Pepsi Arena.
Quincy led 36-29 before going on an 18-1 run covering 5 minutes, 15 seconds of the second half. Erin Mennemeyer's jumper put the Lady Hawks ahead 54-30 with 12:33 left in the game.
Quincy took its biggest lead of the game at 78-40 on Hannah Weedman's layup with 6:33 left.
The Lady Hawks, who led 35-27 at halftime, shot 56 percent from the floor (31 of 55) for the game, while Pittsburg State shot 38 percent (21 of 56).
Weedman led Quincy with 15 points, while Felisha Loggins and Nia Roth scored 12 apiece.
The Lady Hawks (4-0) had a 36-28 advantage on the boards and was led by Loggins, who grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists.