LOCUST GROVE —
Chouteau dominated Salina Friday at Pirate Arena in the Bank of Locust Grove Invitational Tournament with a 72-57 victory.
Chouteau senior Travis Brannon was instrumental in the victory with a season-high 23 points, six coming from three-point land before the first half ended.
Brannon, who missed the team’s last game due to illness, said he felt terrible at practice Thursday.
“Once I hit the first one I felt relaxed,” said Brannon. “I was shooting good in warm-ups too.”
Chouteau led at the half 48-16.
With two minutes left in the third, Chouteau Head Coach Travis Wheeler put his bench in.
By the end of three quarters the scoreboard read 60-31 in Chouteau’s favor.
“I thought it really started with our defense,” Wheeler said. “We did a good job of closing passing lanes and getting our hands on balls, and that jump started our offense.
Though Chouteau needed overtime in the previous meeting to put the Wildcats away, Friday’s meeting yielded far different results
“We were lucky to win the first one,” Wheeler said. They ran a nice play at the end of that game and just over threw it. We didn’t come into this game just thinking we were going to beat someone automatically.”
Chouteau seniors Jason Couch scored 17 points and Jordan Shive chipped in 17.
Sophomore Arlis Aslip dropped 12.
Chouteau advances to the consolation championship (third place) against Adair Saturday at 5:30., for the third time this season.
Chouteau got the best of the Warriors in the Adair Invitational Tournament.
Adair returned the favor when last they met on the Wildcats court.