The opening round is complete at the 37th Annual Bass Pro Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena.
It’s the first time in two years the event has been held after being cancelled last year due to COVID-19.
The TOC features some of the top high school basketball teams and players in the nation, and is the most attended high school basketball tournament in the country.
Here are the scores from Thursday’s opening round:
Final: Whitney Young (Chicago, IL) 57, New Madrid County Central 32
A.J. Casey and Matt Sommerville score 13 points each for Whitney Young, while Jadis Jones puts in ten points to lead New Madrid County Central.
Final: Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, CA) 63, Springfield Parkview 46
Parkview jumped out to a 13-3 lead and held a 29-28 advantage at the half. T.J. Hill and Shane Glass led the Vikings with nine points each. Amari Bailey and Kijani Wright scored 16 points each to lead Sierra Canyon. Bronny James, son of NBA legend Lebron James, scored three points.
Listen to the postgame interview with Vikings Coach Landon Cornish and the players.
Final: Milton (Alpharetta, GA) 50, Nixa 49
Milton wins the game on a buzzer-beating deep three pointer by Bruce Thornton. Nixa’s Jaret Nelson missed two free throws with 5.1 seconds left. As a team, Nixa struggled from the line, going 13-22. The game was tied 10-10 after one quarter, with Nixa taking a 21-19 halftime lead. The game was tied 34-34 after three quarters. Thornton led the Milton Eagles with 21 points, while Colin Ruffin scored 21 for the Nixa Eagles.
Listen to the postgame interview with Nixa Coach Jay Osborne.
Final: Paul VI (Chantilly, VA) 60, Springfield Catholic 55
Catholic took a 14-12 lead after one quarter, but Paul VI came back in the second period to go ahead 30-23 at halftime, and went into the final frame with a 47-38 lead.
The Fightin’ Irish got within one of the lead, 52-51, midway through the fourth quarter, but the Panthers were too tough down the stretch.
DeShawn Harris-Smith led Paul VI with 18 points, and Dug McDaniel added 14.
Catholic’s Zach Howell led all scorers with 30 points.
Here’s the schedule for Friday’s semifinal round of the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions:
New Madrid County Central vs. Springfield Parkview 4:30 p.m.
Nixa vs. Springfield Catholic 6:00 p.m.
Whitney Young vs. Sierra Canyon 7:30 p.m.
Milton vs. Paul VI 9:30 p.m.
The tournament concludes Saturday, beginning with the seventh place game at 2:30 p.m.