23-5 Overall Record
(7-2 in the Ozark Conference)
Head Coach - Sean Williamson
Ranked Top Ten in Missouri Class 5
462 (16.50 ppg)
420 (15.00 ppg)
383 (14.19 ppg)
286 (10.59 ppg)
99 (3.67 ppg)
76 (2.71 ppg)
74 (2.64 ppg)
37 (2.85 ppg)
27 (1.42 ppg)
22 (0.85 ppg)
2 (0.17 ppg)
1,888 (67.43 ppg)
1,699 (60.68 ppg)
GLENDALE FALCONS 23-5 (7-2 in Ozark Conf.)
Head Coach - Sean Williamson (1st Year at GHS /
218-150 Overall, 14 Years)
J.V. - Ray Shaffer
Fresh. - Brian McTague
Asst. Coach - John Dicks
Total Program Record / 68-17 / .80%
Tied 2nd Place - Ozark Conference
3rd Place - Arvest Invitational
1st Place - Blue & Gold - Gold Division
3rd Place - Interstate Classic
17-5 - 1st Place J.V. Tournament
"A" 17-3 - 2nd Place Fresh. Tournament
Chevy Dealers of the Ozarks - OC / COC Shootout - MSU
November 27th, 2004
Glendale(1-0) 78 - Willard(29-3) 72
Nov. 30th, 2004 / Away
Glendale(2-0) 64 - Springdale, Ark. (12-15) 57
Arvest Bank Invitational Tournament (Bartlesville, Okla.)
Dec. 9th, 2004 / First Round
Glendale(3-0) 54 - #10 6A Tahlequah, OK (13-10) 47
Dec. 10th, 2004 / Semifinal
Glendale(3-1) 45 - #5 6A Bartlesville, OK (25-3) 50
Dec. 11th, 2004 / 3rd Place
Glendale(4-1) 62 - #6 3A Verdigris - Claremore, OK (24-4) 51
Dec. 14th, 2004 / Home
Glendale(5-1) 66 - Nixa (17-8) 65
Dec. 18th, 2004 / Home
Glendale(6-1) 77 - Webb City(15-12) 64
59th Annual GreenwoodBlue & Gold - Gold Division
Dec. 27th, 2004 / First Round
Glendale(7-1) 85 - Aurora(15-11) 53
Dec. 28th, 2004 / Quarterfinal
Glendale(8-1) 65 - Mansfield (20-7) 60
Dec. 29th, 2004 / Semifinal
Glendale(9-1) 85 - Branson(12-15) 56
Dec. 30th, 2004 / Championship
Glendale(10-1) 69 - Bolivar(21-6) 61
Jan. 4th, 2005 / Home
Glendale(11-1) 65 - Lebanon(5-20) 52
Jan. 10th, 2005 / Home
Glendale(12-1) 65 - Central(9-17) 53
Jan. 11th, 2005 / Away
Glendale(13-1) 75 - Waynesville(11-15) 58
Interstate Classic Tournament (Coffeyville, Ks.)
Jan. 20th, 2005 / First Round
Glendale(14-1) 61 - Blue Valley Northwest(6-15) 52
Jan. 21st, 2005 / Semifinal
Glendale(14-2) 66 - Leavenworth, KS(12-10) 67
Jan. 22nd, 2005 / 3rd Place
Glendale(15-2) 75 - #3 4A Coffeyville, KS Field Kindley(15-7) 68
Jan. 25th, 2005 / Home
Glendale(16-2) 58 - #9 C5 Parkview(22-6) 54 OT
Jan. 28th, 2005 / Home
Glendale(17-2) 83 - Hillcrest(14-13) 73
Feb. 1st, 2005 / Away
Glendale(18-2) 60 - West Plains(17-10) 58
Feb. 2nd, 2005 / Away
#9 C5 Glendale(19-2) 83 - Pacific(13-15) 57
Feb. 4th, 2005 / Home
#9 C5 Glendale(20-2) 64 - Camdenton(14-12) 62
Feb. 8th, 2005 / Drury Univ.
#9 C5 Glendale(20-3) 58 - #2 C5 Kickapoo (29-2) 89
Feb. 11th, 2005 / Away
Glendale(21-3) 62 - Parkview(22-6) 57
Feb. 15th, 2005 / Away
Glendale(22-3) 64 - Joplin(14-13) 60
Feb. 18th, 2005 / Away
Glendale(22-4) 61 - Rolla(15-12) 74
Class Five, District 11 (@ Lebanon)
Feb. 23rd, 2005 / Semifinal
Glendale(23-4) 72 - Rolla(15-12) 63
Feb. 25th, 2005 / Championship
Glendale(23-5) 64 - West Plains(17-10) 66 OT
Springdale Falls At Home
Turnovers Cost Bulldogs
By Kurt Voigt
The Morning New
SPRINGDALE --A flurry of turnovers and
hot 3-point shooting proved costly to
Springdale on Tuesday night, as the
Bulldogs fell to Springfield (Mo.) Glendale 64-57.
Glendale (2-0), which didn't have a
starter taller than 6-foot-1, made the
most of its size by hitting nine 3-pointers
in the game. Falcons senior Jeff Lewis
led the way with 20 points.
Senior John McAmis added 18 points for
Glendale, including back-to-back
3-pointers in the fourth quarter which
gave the Falcons a 51-49 lead.
Springdale (1-1) sophomore Michael
Sanchez scored inside for the Bulldogs
to tie the game at 51-all, but a Lewis
3-pointer put Glendale back ahead 54-51.
The 6-8 Sanchez took advantage of the
size mismatch against the Falcons,
finishing with 26 points and 15
rebounds. His free throw late
in the fourth quarter cut the Glendale
lead to 54-53, but the Falcons answered
with a steal and layup by McAmis to go
Glendale forced Springdale into 12
turnovers in the first half, and the trend
continued in the second half.
"Michael did a good job inside,"
Springdale coach Charles Smith said.
"We just had a hard time getting the
ball to him."
Springdale closed to within two points
again late in the fourth quarter on a pair
of free throws by senior J.T.
Eichenberger to make the score 59-57.
However, Glendale's George Rosenbury
was wide open over the top of the
Springdale press following Eichenberger's free throw.
Rosenbury missed his layup, but Lewis
followed with a putback and was fouled.
His free throw put the Falcons up 62-57
with 14.5 seconds left.
Glendale coach Sean Williamson said the
key to the game for the Falcons was
using a box-and-one defense on
Eichenberger, who they held to 9 points,
all coming in the second half.
"We knew he was capable," Williamson said.
Springdale returns to action at Huntsville on Friday.
"It's early," Smith said. "We have to get
better than tonight, and we will."
GLENDALE FALCONS - 54
TAHLEQUAH TIGERS - 47
Ranked 10th in Okla. 6-A
Glendale J.V. - 40
Verdigris - 62
Enid - 53
Broken Arrow J.V. - 50
Bartlesville - 77
Trinity Christian(DeSoto, Tex.) - 25
In the Glendale win against Tahlequah,
John McAmis nailed three three-pointers
for Glendale. He led with 17 points
followed by Spud Harbour with 15 points.
For Tahlequah, Nathan Young scored 16
points. This tight game was tied at the
end of the first quarter, 10-10. Glendale
squeezed ahead by three at halftime,
Tahlequah, however, tied the game in
the third quarter, 34-34. Glendale won
the fourth-quarter scoring battle,
19-13, to claim the tourney victory.
Glendale 54, Tahlequah 47
Glendale 10 12 13 19 - 54
Tahlequah 10 9 15 13 - 47
Justin Bear 0 2-2 2
George Rosenbury 2 0-0 5
Spud Harbour 4 5-6 15
John McAmis 5 4-6 17
Jeff Lewis 2 8-10 12
Michael Frazier 1 0-0 3
Totals: 14 19-24 54.
Kerry Lyons 3 0-0 8
Tim Forrest 1 0-0 2
Nathan Young 6 4-6 16
Marcus Tyner 1 2-2 4
Jacob Davis 4 2-3 11
David Qualls 3 0-0 6
Kyle Fisher 0 0-2 0.
Totals: 18 8-13.
Bruins survived grueling semifinal test
By Mike Tupa , E-E Sports Editor
Bartlesville High's hard-earned trip to
the finals included a rugged challenge
during Friday's semifinals in the Arvest
Boys Basketball Invitational.
The Bruins withstood their own frog-ugly
free throw shooting and a sweat-soaked,
energetic challenge by the under-sized
but giant-hearted brigade from Glendale
Bartlesville, which endured foul trouble
by its main veterans, yanked out the
50-45 victory in the Bruin Fieldhouse.
Ben Rovenstine proved to be the axle
around which the Bruin success revolved.
The junior guard directed the offensive
assault and also punished the nets for a
team-high 19 points, including three
Noah Hartsock added 16 points,
including 10 of the Bruins' first 20
points in the contest.
John McAmis paced Glendale's balanced
scoring offense with 15 points. Spud
Harbour contributed 14 points.
Bartlesville (4-1) faced its biggest
character test of the season during a
fiery Glendale resurgence in the fourth
After three quarters, Bartlesville's
supremacy seemed assured
with a 13-point lead, 41-28.
The jerseys of almost every Glendale
player was soaked with sweat from
the neck down to the bottom hem.
Glendale's energy in the final six minutes
came from nothing else than
the unyielding desire of its players to
Bartlesville, meanwhile, had to dig deep
in its own well of passion to
answer the manly challenge.
The Bruins opened the fourth quarter
with a 5-2 run in the first two
minutes. Hartsock squeezed between a
double team, caught a pass from
the high post from Sam Mitchell and
scored with about 6:10 left to give
Bartlesville its biggest advantage, 46-30.
Little did the Bartlesville players realize
then they'd soon be scrambling
to just hold on to the lead.
It didn't have to be that way, however.
Bartlesville would hit just 3-of-15 free
throws in the fourth period (9-of-27 for
the game) to keep the door open on
And, the Missouri boys took full
advantage of their chances.
McAmis lit the fuse on Glendale's
dynamite-like comeback with a
After the Bruins turned the ball back
over, Michael Frazier made a
stick-back on an offensive rebound to cut
Bartlesville's lead to 11,
With 3:49 remaining, McAmis made a
lay-up to pull Glendale within nine points, 46-37.
Glendale got the ball back instantly,
resulting in a lay-up by Harbour to make
it a seven-point game, 46-39.
Bartlesville missed the front end of a
one-and-one with 3:09 left and Harbour
pulled down the rebound. Glendale tried
a three-pointer on the other end, but the
ball bounced off the front of the rim.
Rovenstine grabbed the deep rebound
on the miss, turned, ran up and
court and spotted Mitchell running to the
hoop. Rovenstine flung the ball to
Mitchell and he completed the transition
lay-up to push the lead back to nine,
With 1:53 remaining, however, Glendale
had cut the margin down to five points,
Bartlesville missed two free throws with
1:48 left and McAmis collected the rebound.
Glendale brought the ball down and
went into its perimeter offense. The
Missouri squad kept the ball moving on
the pass while its players tried
to shake free for open shots.
But, Bruin defenders did a good job of
fighting through screens and
double screens and staying tight on the
players they were guarding.
Finally, after more than a minute,
Glendale's lengthy possession paid
off with two points. Jeff Lewis received a
pass on the left wing, got a step on his
defender and blitzed to the basket for a
The deuce cut the Bruin lead to three
points, 48-45, with 43 seconds remaining.
Bartlesville managed to break Glendale's
full-court press, forcing a foul on Rovenstine.
Rovenstine hit his first free throw to
push the lead back to four, 49-45.
His next charity offering missed, but
Bruin forward Jacob Brazda wrestled the
ball away from a Glendale player for the
The Bruins kept the ball in play and
Rovenstine was fouled again with
19 seconds remaining. He buried 1-of-2
free throws to make it a five- point
Glendale tried a quick three-point shot
on the other end, but Hartsock
was there to get the defensive rebound.
Glendale had one last chance in the
fading seconds, but missed another
long shot. Brazda pulled down the
defensive rebound just before the
Thus ended a helter-skelter encounter
between two determined teams.
Bartlesville had led in the first quarter by
nine points, 14-5, after Rovenstine
flushed a three-pointer.
But, Glendale came back to tie the game,
Toward the end of the quarter, Mitchell
scored to help Bartlesville take
an 18-14 lead just before the end of the
However, McGamis popped a
three-pointer early in the second period
to cut the lead to one point, 18-17.
Glendale eventually turned the game
around to take the lead on
Harbour's trey late in the first half, 27-25.
The Missouri boys held on to the lead at
Bartlesville battled back to regain the
lead, 29-27, on Rovenstine's
three-pointer early in the third quarter.
The Bruins soon pushed their advantage
to 10 points, 37-27.
Glendale came up short on offense
during one possession at this
juncture of the game when Bruin
defender Ryan Waters pressured a
Glendale player into a bad shot.
Late in the third quarter, Rovenstine and
Brazda hooked up on one of
the most crowd-pleasing shots of the
night for the swarm of Bruin
students, who stayed on their feet the
Rovenstine, standing on the left wing,
made a high, crosscourt lob
toward the right block. Brazda,
meanwhile, jumped up, grabbed the
ball in mid-air and made the short
jumper while he was falling to the
As it turned out, every Bruin
extraordinary effort, such as this one,
would be needed to rescue the victory at
the end - especially after
Mitchell fouled out during the firestorm
of Glendale's last-ditch comeback try.
Finally, it was all done.
The Bruins had won.
It was time to move on.
Bartlesville 50, Glendale 45
Quarter Scoring Breakdown
Bartlesville 18 8 15 9 - 50
Glendale 14 13 1 17 - 45
Ryan Waters 0 0-2 0
Casey Schultz 0 1-4 1
Ben Rovenstine 7 2-7 19
Jacob Brazda 1 0-0 2
Noah Hartsock 7 2-7 16
Sam Mitchell 4 4-7 12
Totals: 19 9-27 50.
Spud Harbour 3 6-6 14
John McAmis 5-35 15
Jeff Lewis 5 2-4 12
Michael Frazier 2 0-0 4
Totals: 15 11-15 45.
FALCONS CAPTURE 3RD PLACE!
GLENDALE FALCONS (4-1) - 62
VERDIGRIS CARDINALS (2-3) - 51
Ranked 6th in Okla. 3-A
Bartlesville, Okla. — Spud Harbour
scored 19 points and Jeff Lewis added 15
to lead Glendale to a third-place finish in
the Arvest Bank Invitational.
Rotnei Clarke led Verdigris with 21
Verdigris(2-3) 10 18 9 14--51
Glendale (4-1) 22 9 11 20--62
VERDIGRIS — McCall 2, Hoffman 4, Smith
8, Clarke 21, Sutherland 16.
GLENDALE — Bear 7, Rosenbury 5,
Harbour 19, McAmis 8, Lewis 15, Hannah
4, Frazier 4.
Seventh place game — Glendale JV 72,
Trinity Christian, DeSoto, Texas, 38
John McAmis was named to the
Glendale beats Nixa after making 13 3-point shots
By: Ron Schott, Nixa News-Enterprise
Before last week's game against the
Glendale Falcons, the Nixa Eagles were
named the number one seed in the Gold
Division of next week's Blue and Gold
tournament while Glendale was seeded
But in what could be the first of two
meetings in two weeks, the Falcons
made 13 3-pointers to beat the Eagles
Despite the loss, Nixa head coach Jay
Osborne was proud of how his team
rallied from a 21-7 first-quarter deficit to
nearly beat Glendale on the Falcons
"Our kids showed a lot of character
coming back in a tough surrounding," he
said. "But anytime a team makes 13 3's,
you have to give them credit. They made
them at crucial times. But I thought if we
would have got the lead, then we would
have won. We look forward to hopefully
playing them again in the Blue and
In the first quarter, Glendale made five
3-pointers to take advantage of seven
Nixa turnovers for a 13-point lead.
But in the second quarter, Nixa's defense
forced Glendale to miss all four of their
shots in the first 3:04 while the Eagles
put together a 12-0 run.
Jacob Harrington made one 3-pointer
and scored six points while Corey
Harmon scored six points off the bench
during the stretch.
Nixa cut the lead to 21-19 before John
McAmis hit back-to-back 3-pointers to
put the Falcons on top 27-21.
Harmon made two free throws for two of
his eight second quarter points to keep
Nixa within three points at halftime.
Glendale made just 3 of 12 shots in the
second quarter but made 7 of 14 3-point
shots in the first half.
Nixa made 9 of 16 shots from the field
but just 6 of 11 free throws.
Glendale opened the third quarter with a
32-29 lead before McAmis made his
fourth 3-pointer and George Rosenbury
added two more to give the Falcons a
The Eagles made a 7-0 run behind
Christian Overstreet's five points that
included a 3-pointer but Glendale held
on to a 50-45 lead entering the fourth
Nixa trailed by six points with 35.2
seconds remaining in the game when
Payton Haynes made a 3-pointer.
After Glendale's Justin Bear missed a
layup on a fast break, Nixa's offense
responded when Overstreet threw an
ally-oop pass to Billy Ray for a
two-handed dunk with 14.6 seconds
remaining to cut the lead to 62-61.
"That was something we've been
working on in practice," said Overstreet
on the ally-oop. "We're finally confident
that we can do it in a game and
fortunately we put this one down. But it
didn't win us the game and I wish it
But after Rosenbury made two free
throws, Harrington scored a fast break
layup with 8.9 seconds remaining.
Rosenbury made two more free throws
with 8.1 seconds remaining before
Brandt Herring's 3-point attempt hit off
the rim. Ray rebounded the miss and
scored at the buzzer but the Eagles still
lost by one.
Dylan Peltier led Nixa with 14 points and
six rebounds while Ray added 13 points
and four assists. Harrington and Harmon
each had 12 points.
Rosenbury led Glendale with 20 points
as the Falcons made 13 of 24 3-point
"I thought we played hard the last seven
seconds of the quarter," Osborne said.
"But you have to play 32 minutes at this
Holiday show spectacular
By Wiley Hendrix
Branson Daily News Sports
SPRINGFIELD - Heading into the 59th
Annual Blue and Gold Tournament, it was
well known that the Glendale Falcons
were a good shooting team.
On Wednesday, the Falcons put on a
shooting clinic en route to an 85-56 win
over the Branson Pirates. Glendale hit 12
three-pointers, including six in the
"They shot the ball well and we didn't,"
said Branson head coach Randy Bishop.
"We also had trouble guarding them and
we gave up a lot of open shots."
Down by six points, 14-8, at the end of
the first quarter, the Pirates fell behind
even further as the Falcons went on a
32-22 run to build a 46-30 halftime lead.
The rest was history as Glendale cruised
in the second half.
"Offensively, we took some shots we
probably shouldn't have," Bishop said.
"(Glendale) was a lot quicker than us. It
was just one of those games."
Branson was led by Zac Morgan's 16
points and Brett Walster's 10.
Glendale was led by Jeff Lewis, who
scored 26 points.
Glendale's 12 three-pointers set a new
Gold Division record.
Deja vu as Bolivar claims 2nd in B&G
By: Bill Breshears 01/05/2005
It was deja vu all over again for coach Chuck
Blair and the Bolivar Liberators last week. Blair's Liberators dropped a hard-fought,
spirited decision to coach Sean Williamson and
his small, scrappy basketball team in the
championship game of the Gold Division of the
Springfield Blue and Gold Tournament
Williamson's Springfield Glendale Falcons
out-ran the Liberators 69-61 for the 2004
Gold title. The Falcons reminded area fans of
Williamson's 2003-04 Willard team that
downed the Liberators 58-56 in the district
semifinals this past March.
Even part of the officiating crew was the same
for both games.
"We got off to a four-for-11 start in the first
quarter and trailed 11-8," Blair said. "If we
would have hit three or four of the easy shots
we missed inside, we easily could have been
ahead 15-11 and had control of the game.
"We matched Glendale 18-18 in the second
quarter, then we let it get away due to some
circumstances we couldn't control in the third
quarter. We got whistled for a foul, gave up a
three-point shot, failed to get a foul call and
did get a technical called on us in a stretch of
about two minutes. Then, Glendale hit another
three-pointer at the buzzer, and we were
suddenly behind 47-33 going into the fourth
"I have to give credit to our players in the
fourth quarter. They cut the lead to single
digits and gave everything they had left."
Jeff Lewis led Glendale with 23 points. Spud
Harbour added 19.
C. Blair paced Bolivar with 20 points. Ty
DeClue added 11, Mark Hastings 10 and Jesse
"When you get to a championship game, you
have to come out and play well right from the
tipoff," Blair said. "We got off to a bad start,
and you can't do that in an emotional game
"We'll learn from our mistakes and get better
Willard, Williamson's old team, downed
Springfield Parkview 67-58 for first place in
the Blue Division. Republic downed Mountain
Grove 69-52 for third place in the Blue. Mount
Vernon edged Branson 65-63 in overtime for
third place in the Gold.
Lebanon's fourth-quarter woes keep
Glendale out of reach
By Andy Knutson
Lebanon made the trip to Springfield on
Tuesday night, taking on this year's Blue
and Gold Tournament champion
Glendale, losing another heartbreaker
Lebanon came into Tuesday night's
contest with a unique opportunity. After
a tough loss against last year's Blue and
Gold winner Parkview, Lebanon's
schedule gave them the first look at
Glendale since its Blue and Gold
tournament win, giving them another
chance at affirmation of their emergence
as an improving team.
The first quarter began without
disappointment. Lebanon and Glendale
came out hard and ready to play, neither
team shying away from the other.
Glendale found its offense from the
Moving without the ball, hitting open and
contested jump shots, and taking
advantage of what turnovers Lebanon
gave up Glendale was able to keep pace.
Lebanon found its offense in the first
quarter, much like the remainder of the
game, when they took advantage of
what was given to them.
Backdoor cuts, smart passes, open jump
shots and aggressive play on the boards
found Lebanon trailing by only two at the
end of the first quarter 17-15.
"Anytime you can win the Blue and Gold
Tournament, you're definitely one of the
top teams in southwest Missouri. We
came out and had good play
defensively," said LHS head coach Jacky
Payne. "When we're patient on offense,
we look pretty good."
Glendale attempted to create some extra
offense in the second quarter with full
and half-court pressure, but Lebanon
didn't buckle, trailing by a mere three
points at the half, 35-32.
"(Kurtis) Allen did an outstanding job
handling their pressure," said Payne.
"He's a warrior out there, he came out
and really brought it tonight."
Coming out of the gate in the third
quarter, Lebanon jumped on the Falcons.
The 'Jackets moved without the ball,
nailing some open shots and got up on
the Falcons by as many as five early in
the third quarter before turnovers began
to plague Lebanon.
"We just couldn't handle being in the
lead. We made some silly turnovers,
didn't rotate on defense. Then the fourth
quarter came along and they made some
shots and things simply didn't go our
way," said Payne.
The 'Jackets finished the game with 21
turnovers, nine over their season
Glendale came out in the fourth quarter
and put a box-and-one on 'Jacket
sharpshooter Connor Lowe, putting
Lebanon's offense on its heels.
"Connor has got to learn to work a little
harder when teams start doing that to
him. We had some opportunities in the
fourth quarter on the offensive end,
we've got to have more people stand up
and want to make plays.
Lebanon's only scorer in the fourth
quarter was Kris Farmer with six, while
Glendale produced six players scoring in
the fourth for a combined 19 points.
Leading the 'Jackets in scoring was
Farmer with 13, Ryan Southard, 11;
Lowe, 11; Brian Decker, three; Tyler
Headley and Kyle McClure, four; and
Allen, Derrick Mitchell and Max Meckem
all with two.
Assist leaders for the 'Jackets were Allen
with four and Mitchell, Decker and
Southard all adding three.
Southard also led the way for Lebanon in
rebounding with 10, giving him a
"Our basketball team is getting better.
Day by day, practice by practice, game
by game, if we keep improving like this
we're going to be a tough out before it's
all over," said Payne.
Glendale able to tame the Tigers
By Tim Cummings, Waynesville Daily
When your team shoots 46 percent from the field, out-rebounds their opponent and commits a season-low number of turnovers, you'd expect them to be in the game.
For the Waynesville Tigers, this was not the case. After staying within one point of the visiting Glendale Falcons after a quarter of play, the Tigers' opponent simply ran away with the game. The Falcons held a 12-point lead going into halftime and led by 18 after three quarters of play, eventually prevailing 75-58 over the host Tigers.
Waynesville senior guard Brandon Harris led the Tigers in scoring with 22 points and pulled down a team-leading 10 rebounds. Guards KJ Henderson and David Moore chipped in 13 and 10 points, respectively, for Waynesville. The three Tiger guards combined for 45 of Waynesville's 58 points, nearly 80 percent of the team's offensive output on the night. Only three other players scored for Waynesville.
Glendale had four players who scored in double digits, led by sophomore guard Spud Harbour, who matched Waynesville's Harris with 22 points of his own. Five other players scored for Glendale.
Despite a solid shooting percentage from the field, and a 26-23 advantage on the boards, a large free-throw disparity emerged over the game's final three quarters.
The Tigers and Falcons combined for three free-throw attempts in the first quarter, with Waynesville taking two of the three attempts. Over the next three quarters, the Falcons went to the line 25 times and converted 19 of those attempts. Waynesville somehow only made it to the charity stripe 12 more times in the final three quarters and converted only six attempts.
Glendale was also deadly from the field. Despite taking six fewer field goal attempts, the Falcons made 25 of their 44 attempts from the field, good for 57 percent on the night.
Consistent shot making by Glendale coupled with a zone defense that hid the Falcons' lack of size (no Glendale regular was taller than 6'1") frustrated the Tigers throughout the game.
The senior Harris was the Tigers only consistent threat inside as he repeatedly slashed to the basket against Glendale's undersized frontcourt. Despite Harris' gutsy double-double performance, Waynesville couldn't find another go-to scorer inside to exploit Glendale's weakness.
The loss dropped Waynesville's record to 4-7 on the year. Up next for the Tigers is another home game, this time against rival Lebanon at 6 p.m. Friday.
Glendale Vs. Leavenworth Game Report
By Jason Nichols, LeavenworthTimes Sports Editor
The Pioneers gave the Coffeyville crowd
something to cheer about during Friday's
semifinal against Springfield Glendale,
though they would have rather wrapped
things up a bit sooner.
LHS led by seven with three minutes
remaining, but Glendale chipped away at
the lead. With one minute to play, the
Pioneers led by one and had a chance to
extend the lead, but missed at the
freen throw line. The Falcons missed a
three-point shot, but grabbed
the rebound and put it in for a two-point lead
with 10.5 seconds remaining.
During a timeout, head coach Larry Hogan set up the game's
final play. He was certain Glendale would double-team
Matt King, who had put up 22 points in
the game, so he called Billy Bledsoe's
number, expecting a mismatch on the block.
But when Manthe went to set a
screen down low for Bledsoe, his man stayed in
position for a double team.
That left Manthe alone on the block and point
guard Leonard Parker found
him. Manthe pump-faked, then hit the game-winner.
"Leonard was smart enough to look for
the open guy and James finished," Hogan said.
The Falcons, whose tallest starter stood
just 6-foot-2, didn't seem to be
worried about height early on. They buried three
straight three-pointers to open the
contest and hit 12 of 30 from beyond the
arc for the game.
But the Pioneers responded with a 15-0
run to grab the lead. LHS attacked the
Falcons in the paint, often with a smaller
lineup than usual. Bledsoe scored 11
points on 5-of-5 shooting, playing mostly
at the power forward spot. Parker had
13 points for the game.
9th-ranked Glendale Falcons beat Zizzer boys by 2 points
The West Plains varsity boys basketball team
lost to Springfield Glendale 60-58 Tuesday in
West Plains, bringing its season
record to 11-8.
The Zizzers are 1-3 in the OzarkConference.
West Plains made 24 baskets and Glendale made 12.
Glendale was 28 for 32 at the free throw line and the Zizzers
were five for five. The Falcons made six 3-point shots
and the Zizzers made three.
“It was discouraging to lose when
we made twice as many baskets as
Glendale,” said Zizzer Coach Dion Hargrove.
“We did a good job defending. Matt Cromer
played the best game of the year for us. Tyler
Schmitt, Kyle Cooper and Kevin
Alsup were all in double figures and
did a great job.”
The Zizzers led 12-11 at the end of
the first quarter, 25-22 at the end of
the half, and Glendale led 41-38 at
the end of the third quarter. For the
first time in three years, Glendale
has been ranked ninth in state
in Class 5.