Wheaton takes second in Marionville Tournament
The Wheaton Bulldogs basketball team entered the eight-team Marionville Tournament as the seventh seed and nearly won the tournament.
The Bulldogs (2-2) earned two upset victories before falling 72-44 to Class 3 Hollister in the championship game on Dec. 1
"I am happy with the progress that our guys made throughout the past week," said Wheaton coach Rusty Roe. "We played good teams, and I believe our guys became more comfortable playing with one another. We have a lot of good players on our team, but we have not had much court time together in varsity games."
Wheaton opened the tournament with a 53-46 victory over second-seeded Blue Eye.
Chase Cantwell led the Bulldogs with 13 points. Justin Yeary collected eight rebounds, and Tyler Musick had five steals.
The Bulldogs then handed Greenwood a 64-34 loss in the semifinal.
Cantwell led the Wheaton scoring charge with 18 points. Matt Hickman added 16 points. Justin Walker grabbed seven rebounds, and Musick contributed four steals and seven assists.
As a team, Wheaton hit 12 of their 18 3-point attempts.
In the championship game, the Bulldogs, struggled with the Tigers size and bench depth.
"We would have loved to have won the championship game or at least made it a close contest," said Roe. "We are fully aware that throughout this early season it is going to be a learning period. We are going to need patience and continue to focus on getting better each day at practice."
Jory Bartkoski scored 11 points and had six rebounds for Wheaton in the title game. Musick added three steals and five assists.
For his outstanding efforts, Musick was named to theAll-Tournament team.
Wheaton opens Ozark 7Conference play on Dec. 7 at home against Verona.