Just because the first game of the South Callaway varsity basketball tournament didn't goes as planned for the North Callaway boys last week doesn't mean the team couldn't change its own narrative by winning the fifth-place game last Saturday against New Haven, 6-8 overall..
While that would have been a nice ending after a flawed beginning, because the team found out it suffered yet another injury, this time by way of Coy Danison's dislocated shoulder, it looked like once again this team had drawn a bad hand.
Then the game started and the Thunderbird's were leading 20-16 at halftime and 31-28 at the end of the third prior to outscoring New Haven 24-12 in the fourth as Khobi Kellerman celebrated his new spot in the starting lineup with 15 points and five rebounds to help his squad come out ahead 55-40.
"Eight different players made real contributions in this victory," said coach Matthias Miller. "Plus, we leave this event with a two-game win streak."
Backing up Kellerman with a 12-point performance was Gabe Cash and Tanner Paezold scored nine, sevenm of which came in the fourth, with five rebounds and four steals. Andrew Locastro also came off the bench to chip in with seben points and five assists.
On Friday North Callaway got back on the winning track by downing the Southern Boone JV 54-44 as Kellerman scored 18, Pezold was good for 16 points and seven rebounds and Cash chipped in with seven assists and six steals.
"Kellerman's first start in a while turned into quite a good game," Miller said.
The Thunderbird's let throughout in this contest and claimed leads of 17-9 in the first quarter and 28-17 in the second. North Callaway then extended that advantage to 44-28 in the third even though Tanner Goodrich had a nine point shpwing for the Southern Boine JV, 7-4 overall.
The Thunderbird's, 7-8 overall, next host Clopton on Friday for an Eastern Missouri Conference contest.