Just because it didn't start the way it wanted it to, that doesn't mean the US Bank Holiday Tournament hosted by Rolla didn't end the way the Mexico varsity basketball team was hoping it would.
That's because on Dec. 30 in an afternoon consolation contest in its third game in gthree games the Bulldogs rose up and knocked down Rockwood Summit 45-38 to raise its record to 7-4 overall.
In the second game of this tourney in consolation play Mexico went up on Hickman 21-7 at the end of the first and 34-23 at the half on its way to winning 65-54. The Bulldpgs were also able to claim a 49-39 advantage at the end of the third thanks to 21 points from Cameron Holman, Tyler Spargo came through with 17 points and Jai Lawson gave a 12-point performance. Matthew Huffman also added six points and four rebounds, J'Marquay McGruder pulled down nine boards and three points and scoring four each were Jonathon Grubb and Vernon Williams.
"We got off to a good start on both ends of the floor. The boys did a great job sticking to the game plan and executing defensivel," Pappas said. "Overall, I thought we bounced back from our previous game and really focused on the things we haven't been doing so well defensively."
In the first day of this event the Bulldogs played host Rolla, 7-1 overall, and fell 69-45 despite eight points by Cole Whalen and Spargo scored seven. Jai Lawson also had six points as Mexico found itself trailing 17-11 in the first quarter, 33-18 in the second and 56-27 in the third.
"Turnovers and missed free throws were the difference. Rolla forced us to turn it over 17 times and we shot 10-for-20 from the line," said Pappas. "We've got to do a better job taking care of the basketball. Give credit to Rolla for shooting it well from the perimeter. We knew going Rolla was going to be a tough matchup."