Leader & Times staff report
The Beaver Dusters evened up their season record at 3-3 with a 53-44 win over the Stanton County Trojans in the first round of the Rolla Showcase Invitational Tournament, Thursday night.
The Dusters built an early 11-7 lead by getting the ball inside to Kalen Gabel, who scored six of his game-high 16 in the first quarter. Beaver added one more to their lead before half, leading 23-18 at the break.
Trenton Downing (15 points) hit his second and third threes of the game in the second half, and Beaver started the fourth leading by six at 35-29. The Trojans pushed the pace trying to get back in the game and scored 15 in the fourth quarter. But Beaver again went inside to Gabel who scored eight in the quarter, and the Dusters made 5 of 8 free throws to hold off Stanton County for the win.
Eight different players scored at least two points for the Dusters.
Beaver advances in the winner’s bracket to face Moscow today at 3:30 p.m., who defeated Syracuse 60-37, in their first round game Thursday.
In the other two boys’ games, Elkhart defeated South Baca, Colorado 49-37, and Rolla defeated Keyes 56-26. Elkhart will face Rolla Friday with the winner facing the winner of the Beaver/Moscow matchup for the championship.