Bolivar boys basketball dropped a high-scoring contest Tuesday night, Jan. 15, against visiting Camdenton. The Lakers used a fourth-quarter surge to post a 77-64 road win at Bolivar.

The teams were even after a period at 13-13. A late push gave Camdenton the lead before intermission. The Lakers closed the half on a 17-2 run, erasing a 22-19 deficit in the process for a 36-27 lead.

Bolivar closed the gap in the third quarter. Down 44-31, the Liberators clawed back into the game with a 9-4 run to close the Laker lead to single digits at 48-40. Eight straight Liberator points cut the deficit to one point late in the third quarter, 50-49. Any momentum Bolivar had was quickly taken away after Camdenton's Paxton DeLaurent banked home a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 53-49 Lakers.

Camdenton (7-9) rolled after that with an 11-2 run to open the final stanza. Missed Laker free throws kept Bolivar in the game, but not enough to make up the deficit.

Bolivar shot 42 percent on the evening with three players in double figures. Levi Manning led the way with 19 points and six rebounds. Ian Jones posted 15 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals, followed by Jamison Jones at 12 points and four rebounds. Both teams turned the ball over 19 times and Bolivar was outrebounded 34-20.

The Lakers shot 51 percent, paced by DeLaurent with 21 points and four rebounds.

The JV Liberators found the scoring touch Tuesday night in their 84-49 rout of Camdenton.

Bolivar raced out to a 33-11 lead after a period and never looked back. BHS was up 53-25 at the break and took a 70-40 lead through three periods.

Brett Pollock had another big night with 32 points. Jace Kruger and Cooper Bushey each added 10 points.

The Liberator freshman team also won 48-35 over Camdenton Tuesday.

A second-half surge was the difference for Bolivar. The Libs trailed 23-22 at the half and outscored the Lakers 8-3 in the third quarter to take the lead for good. Bolivar finished off the win with an 18-9 fourth-quarter run.

Brant Meredith led the Liberators with 16 points. Aiden Mauck chipped in eight points.

Bolivar (6-6) travels to Willard Friday night, Jan. 18, for a triple-header. The boys host tournament is next week.

Buffalo Tournament

7th: Liberators 32, Osage 21

BMS seventh-grade boys basketball won its opener at the Buffalo Tournament Monday night, Jan. 14, 32-21 over School of the Osage.

BMS (8-2) led 11-5 after a period and held a 20-11 lead at the half against the Indians. The teams played even as Bolivar held off Osage for the tourney win.

Ethan Graves led BMS with 11 points, followed by Damean Young at eight points and Trenton Patke with five points.

The Liberators face El Dorado Springs in the semifinals Thursday, Jan. 17.

8th: Liberators 45, Forsyth 25

The eighth-grade Liberators (13-0) won their pool opener Tuesday night at the Buffalo Tournament. BMS upended Forsyth 45-25.

The Liberators led 15-8 after a period and took a 28-18 cushion to the half. Bolivar pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 10-2 for a 38-20 lead and finished off the Panthers in the final stanza.

Kyle Pock led BMS with 14 points. Jack Larimore added eight points and Zach Warwick added seven points.

BMS also draws El Dorado Springs in pool play Thursday night and wraps up the tournament Friday, Jan. 18.

Both BMS teams host Ozark for their season finale Monday, Jan. 21.

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