Posted: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 9:56PM

Stockton no match for Lamar

Stockton, Mo. (For  -- Sometimes when analyzing a basketball game, there are many aspects to consider that help uncover the reason or reasons why one team emerges superior to the other.

On Tuesday night in Stockton, however, the breakdown was much more fundamental—the Lamar Tigers made shots and the Stockton Tigers did not.  As such, Lamar left the SHS gym with a 64-29 whitewashing.
The contest had the makings early on of being a close one as Lamar led 11-10 after one quarter.  But the Lamar zone defense started paying dividends thereafter by forcing Stockton away from the post.  Left to shoot mostly three-pointers, Stockton failed to cash in, only hitting four of 23 from downtown.  Lamar was up 31-17 at the half and 51-19 after three quarters, ensuring the final period would be played in turbo-clock.

“We’ve got size and we’ve got length,” said Lamar coach Joel Braden, whose roster includes five players listed at 6-foot-3 or taller.  “Especially in the zone, we can just use it well.  The kids worked really hard at getting from spot to spot.  If we do a good job of covering shooters, it makes it difficult.  Just our size inside is tough to deal with for a lot of teams.”

Sophomore guard Tripp Tucker was the high scorer for Lamar with 13 points, followed closely by senior forward Josh Garfield with 12.  Junior guard Ryan Pate, who had a career high 31 points in Stockton’s last game (a come-from-behind 55-45 win at El Dorado Springs), was held to just 7 points in this outing.

To be sure, Stockton coach Mike Kenney was playing with less than a full deck, as winter illnesses are starting to creep in on his team.

“Part of it, we’re fighting the flu,” said Kenney.  “We’ve got (senior swingman) Tanner (Collins) out sick; we had two guys that played tonight that aren’t feeling well.  We had a couple more guys tell me that they’re not feeling well.”

Lamar improved to 6-3 and will take the holidays off before resuming on January 4 at home against Frontenac, Kansas.  Stockton closes out the 2012 portion of its schedule this Thursday at Pierce City.

Braden wasn’t sure if Lamar had fully made the transition from football to basketball, as several of his players were also members of the Class 2 state championship team.

“I still don’t know if we’re adjusted,” Braden said.  “This is Game Nine, and we’ve had ten or twelve practices, something like that.  We still have to sub a little bit more; we still have guys that just don’t quite have the conditioning to go long stretches at a time.  You can see it in our shooting—it’s getting better.”   
Lamar     11 20 20 13—64
Stockton 10   7   2  10—29
Lamar:  Tripp Tucker 13, Josh Garfield 12, Landon Compton 9, Brett McDonald 6, Isaac Gariss 6, Trenton Moody 4, Chad Rice 4, Ben Bailey 4, Sam Bailey 4, Keegan Begley 2.
Stockton:  Ryan Pate 7, Jacob Veitscheggar 5, Michael Coots 4, Colten Brown 3, Drew Carpenter 3, Alex Wheeler 3, Reese Rutledge 2.

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