Webb City outlasts Joplin for 5th place in tournament

Jan. 6—Turnovers ailed Joplin on Saturday afternoon in a loss to Webb City. The Eagles and Cardinals met for fifth place of the Kaminsky Classic inside Kaminsky Gymnasium and the Cardinals prevailed 58-50.

Joplin (2-10) turned it over 29 times to counter an efficient day shooting free throws and 3-pointers. The Eagles only shot 39% overall (15 for 39). They added 15 free throws on 19 attempts (79%) and made 5 of 14 treys (36%).

But Joplin's miscues led to 27 points for Webb City.

That was the difference in this one. The Cardinals (9-3) scored the bulk of their points (36) in the paint. They struggled to find it from beyond the arc shooting just 2 of 14. They also left a lot of points at the line going 14 of 28 on free shots.

The speed and aggressiveness of Webb City's defense has been its calling card so far this year.

Webb City was led by Eli Pace's 15 points and four assists. Barron Duda chipped in 14 points and four rebounds while Omari Jackson finished with 11 points and five rebounds.

Joplin was led by Brecken Green's 19 points off the bench to power a 28-point output from the bench players. Collis Jones scored 16 and had 11 rebounds. Whit Hafer didn't score but collected 13 rebounds.