Championship day coverage
FINAL Paul VI 72 Sierra Canyon 65
Paul VI is the 2022 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions champion after a 72-65 win over Sierra Canyon.
DeShawn Harris-Smith shined with 23 points while Dug McDaniel added 18.
Amari Bailey scored 18 while Bronny James added 13.
— Wyatt Wheeler (@WyattWheeler_NL) January 16, 2022
4Q 0:06.9 Paul VI 70 Sierra Canyon 65
DeShawn Harris-Smith makes a pair of free throws.
Sierra Canyon turns it over.
Darren Harris makes a pair of free throws.
Bronny makes a 3 at the other end.
4Q :17.7 Paul VI 66 Sierra Canyon 62
Paul VI splits a pair of free throws. Bronny missed a floater. Paul VI rebound and fouled.
4Q 0:30.4 Paul VI 65 Sierra Canyon 62
Dug McDaniel splits a pair of free throws.
Ramel Lloyd Jr. makes a 3 to bring the game back within three.
Paul VI to the line.
4Q 1:07 Paul VI 64 Sierra Canyon 59
Bronny James gets a very difficult layup to fall. He has 10 points.
4Q 1:23 Paul VI 64 Sierra Canyon 57
DeShawn Harris-Smith free throws. He has 21 points.
4Q 1:39 Paul VI 62 Sierra Canyon 57
Amari Bailey layup and draws a foul. Misses free throw. Gets own rebound. MIsses putback. Fouled. Makes free throws.
4Q 2:14 Paul VI 62 Sierra Canyon 53
Dug McDaniel's handles are ridiculous. He draws a foul and splits free throws.
4Q 2:31 Paul VI 61 Sierra Canyon 53
Mike Price three-point play.
4Q 2:38 Paul VI 61 Sierra Canyon 50
Dug McDaniel with a pair of free throws.
4Q 3:29 Paul VI 59 Sierra Canyon 50
Paul VI holding on late as Bronny James hits a 3.
Harris-Smith with 19, McDaniel with 14.
4Q 5:39 Paul VI 53 Sierra Canyon 41
Dug McDaniel with a pretty sweet layup to extend Paul VI's lead. DeShawn Harris-Smith does something similar on the next possession for a nine-point lead.
Darren Harris hits a 3 and the Panthers are on a 7-0 run to start that fourth.
End 3Q Paul VI 46 Sierra Canyon 41
5-0 run for the Panthers to close out the third quarter. We're headed toward a thrilling fourth quarter in the championship game.
3Q 1:59 Paul VI 41 Sierra Canyon 40
Game's starting to turn into a track meet. Harris-Smith with a layup followed by a Price 3.
Harris-Smith up to 15 points.
3Q 2:57 Sierra Canyon 37 Paul VI 37
Amari Bailey ties it up with a 3.
3Q 6:25 Paul VI 31 Sierra Canyon 29
Bronny James and Amari Bailey with slams on back-to-back possessions and JQH Arena erupts. That's what this sold-out arena came to see.
Halftime Paul VI 28 Sierra Canyon 22
6-2 run for the Panthers gives Paul VI a six-point lead going into the break. Blazers held to 9-of-30 shooting in the first half.
DeShawn Harris-Smith leading the game with nine points. Dug McDaniel has added eight.
Amari Bailey with seven for the Blazers. Mike Price has four along with Isaiah Elohim and Jeremiah Nyarko.
2Q 2:15 Paul VI 23 Sierra Canyon 20
Panthers were starting to build a nice lead until it allowed an Amari Bailey jumper, Isaiah Elohim layup and Price layup off a steal on three-straight possessions.
2Q 4:24 Paul VI 19 Sierra Canyon 14
Sierra Canyon already with 10 fouls in this half. Harris-Smith just scored his ninth point.
2Q 5:19 Paul VI 15 Sierra Canyon 10
Harris-Smith up to seven points as Paul VI continues to lead. Sierra Canyon trying to get it done inside but is struggling.
End 1Q Paul VI 9 Sierra Canyon 7
Both teams shooting less than 38 percent. Paul VI didn't score in the final three minutes.
1Q 1:55 Paul VI 9 Sierra Canyon 5
Amari Bailey slams one in transition and breaks a scoring drought. Harris-Smith has five for the Panthers.
1Q 3:36 Paul VI 7 Sierra Canyon 3
Bronny James heads to the bench with two early fouls.
1Q 4:49 Paul VI 7 Sierra Canyon 3
Blazers haven't scored in 2+ minutes. Amari Bailey with the only make.
Paul VI playing fast. Harris-Smith has three points.
Final Milton 61 Whitney Young 37
Milton dominates in the third-place game and ends the tournament with its best performance of the three-day stretch.
Bruce Thornton scored 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting with six rebounds. Fans gave him a standing ovation
4Q 5:12 Milton 43 Whitney Young 31
Milton is putting together its best performance of the tournament. Bruce Thornton has been awesome these three days and he's up to 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting.
End 3Q Milton 37 Whitney Young 31
Milton on a 9-0 run over the final 4:19 of the third quarter.
Bruce Thornton up to 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He also has five rebounds.
3Q 3:54 Whitney Young 31 Milton 30
No one has led by more than three since there was 2:31 left in the second half.
Halftime Whitney Young 25 Milton 24
A.J. Casey with nine points and three rebounds at the half.
Bruce Thornton has seven points for Milton.
End 1Q Whitney Young 14 Milton 8
Very spotty internet to start the third-place game, apologies.
A.J. Casey is up to five points and a board for the Dophins. Xavier Amos with two points and four boards. Whitney Young ended the quarter on a 6-0 run.
Final Nixa 48 Parkview 44
Nixa tops Parkview in the consolation championship game behind Colin Ruffin's 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Kael Combs added nine points.
Marcus Price led the Vikings with nine points.
4Q 0:05.6 Nixa 48 Parkview 44
Kael Combs, who has struggled from the free-throw line all weekend, just hit two big ones that should put the game away.
4Q 0:28.5 Nixa 45 Parkview 42
Colin Ruffin up to 14 points after splitting a pair of free throws. Parkview just brought it within a score with a quick layup. Let's see if Nixa can make its free throws.
4Q 0:41.5 Nixa 44 Parkview 40
Parkview made a pair of free throws and then got a quick steal. Unfortunately, the quick layup didn't fall and Nixa takes over.
4Q 1:33 Nixa 44 Parkview 38
Nixa makes a pair of free throws. Parkview misses at other end. Nixa back to the line.
4Q 2:38 Nixa 42 Parkview 38
Vikings with a late run and this is getting closer late.
4Q 4:09 Nixa 41 Parkview 30
Colin Ruffin's layup gives the Eagles their biggest lead of the game. He has 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.
4Q 6:58 Nixa 34 Parkview 30
Getting a big tense here with calls going back-and-forth. Vikings trying to climb back in.
3Q 4:07 Nixa 25 Parkview 23
Eagles out in front with Colin Ruffin leading the way at seven points.
Halftime Parkview 17 Nixa 16
Eagles end the half on an 8-0 run. Vikings didn't score in the last 5:21.
Colin Ruffin leads the Eagles with five points. TJ Hill has five points for the Vikings.
The Bass Pro Tournament of Champions has sold out JQH Arena for Saturday night.
Will likely be the third-highest attended event at JQH Arena behind MSU clinching the MVC in 2011 and the JQH opener in 2008.
ToC will break the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and three-day records.
— Wyatt Wheeler (@WyattWheeler_NL) January 15, 2022
2Q 4:22 Parkview 17 Nixa 11
Colin Ruffin and-one to bring it within six.
End 1Q Parkview 15 Nixa 8
Parkview out in front with good balance. Elijah Whitley and Marcus Price each with four.
1Q 2:43 Parkview 14 Nixa 4
Five different scorers for the Vikings already. Balanced attack and shooting 85.7 percent.
Final New Madrid County Central 50 Catholic 39
New Madrid County Central finishes in seventh-place at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions behind Jadis Jones' 15 points.
Zach Howell with another big game for the Fightin' Irish as he scores 26 points and grabs seven boards.
4Q 3:36 New Madrid 39 Catholic 31
New Madrid on an 8-0 run and is taking control of this game. Jadis Jones has 11 for the Eagles.
End 3Q New Madrid 31 Catholic 31
We're starting championship day with another close one. Zach Howell is up to 20 points for the Irish. Catholic has cut back on the turnovers.
3Q 4:50 New Madrid 28 Catholic 23
Zach Howell is up to 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting. He also has six boards.
New Madrid a little more balanced with two plays scoring nine points including Jadis Jones.
End 1Q New Madrid 13 Catholic 6
Catholic turning the ball over often and went the last 3:06 without a point.
Jadis Jones has five points for the Eagles.
1Q 4:06 New Madrid 6 Catholic 5
Zach Howell has all five for the Irish.
Championship day at the 2022 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions is here and we're in for a special night at JQH Arena.
Sierra Canyon will play Paul VI in the championship game at 9 p.m.
Before then, there are plenty of great games including a matchup between two of the state's best, a matchup between two of the area's best, a slam dunk contest and a third-place game between two of the best teams in the country.
Follow along for live updates throughout the night from courtside at JQH Arena.
CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY SCHEDULE
2:30 p.m. — Springfield Catholic vs. New Madrid County Central (seventh place)
4 p.m. — Nixa vs. Parkview (consolation championship)
6 p.m. — Slam Dunk Contest
7 p.m. — Milton vs. Whitney Young (third place)
9 p.m. — Sierra Canyon vs. Paul VI (championship)
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. He's also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.
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