Fresh off a 27-point performance in the Smith-Cotton McDonald’s Boys Classic semifinal against Rock Bridge, Webster Groves’ Courtney Ramey scored 18 points in the first half of the title game and led Statesmen basketball to a 70-26 victory Saturday over tournament host Smith-Cotton.
Three players, Buckner, Dante Scroggins and Gavin Jones, scored for the Tigers. Scroggins led the team with 12 points, Buckner added 11 and Jones hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
Smith-Cotton head coach Brennan Scanlon said the Tigers failed to slow down Webster Groves.
“The game plan going in was to slow the game down,” Scanlon said. “We didn’t do a real good job of that … We were just outmatched tonight.”
Ramey, who finished the game with 22 points and was named tournament MVP, increased the Webster Groves lead to 30 with a three before halftime. Zion Buckner’s last-second heave before half was no good, and Smith-Cotton entered halftime trailing 48-15.
Buckner said the Tigers kept up their effort level when the Statesmen lead got out of hand.
“We had to try our best,” Buckner said. “I just tried to do everything I could to get my team up.”
Scanlon said the Tigers were “playing for pride” after halftime.
“We were obviously not going to win the game,” Scanlon said. “But you can always play with pride and be competitive.
“Our guys don’t have anything to hang their heads about.”
Webster Groves (12-1) opened the game with a 9-2 run. Ramey and Bradford Leland combined for five 3-pointers in the first quarter and the Statesmen led 25-12 after eight minutes. Leland had 18 points on the contest.
Scroggins and Buckner scored the only three points for Smith-Cotton (9-4) in the second quarter.
Scanlon was issued one of the two technical fouls called during the game in the second quarter. Webster Groves senior Daniel Deadmon was called for the second late in the fourth quarter.
Scroggins’ free throws after the technical and a field goal from Buckner were the final points in the Tigers’ tournament run.
Scanlon said he was happy with the overall tournament.
“We got two wins,” Scanlon said. “We got beat by a real good team today, but I’m proud of my guys.”
Smith-Cotton hosts Lebanon at 6 p.m. Friday.
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