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WASHINGTON — The Helias Crusaders were handed their first loss of the season Friday night, falling to St. Francis Borgia 67-60.

Zach Rockers was held to three points in the first half, but he dropped in 17 in the second half and led Helias (3-1) with 20.

The game was tied at 14 after one quarter before Borgia (4-2) began pulling away by outscoring the Crusaders 19-10 in the second quarter to take a 33-24 lead at intermission.

The Knights increased their lead to 11 by outscoring Helias 19-17 in the third quarter to take a 52-41 lead heading into the final period.

Dylan Gish added 15 for the Crusaders, while Dean Wyle and Deon Hughes each had nine points.

Borgia was led in scoring by Ben Reuther, who poured in a game-high 24 points. Bryce Dolan chipped in with 16 and Drew Kimminau had 13.

Helias returns to action Friday at Branson.

In the JV game, Helias (3-1) fell 46-42.

Nixa 81, Blair Oaks 56

NIXA — The Nixa Eagles proved to be too much for Blair Oaks, as they handed the Falcons an 81, 56 loss Friday night.

The Falcons (3-1) trailed 15-7 after the opening quarter. The Eagles stretched their lead to 16 points at the half by outscoring Blair Oaks 20-12 to take a 35-19 lead.

Ben Cooper led the Falcons with 16 points, while Ben Cooper added 14.

Blair Oaks, which lost the JV game 69-38, travels Tuesday to Centralia. Ryan Voss led the Falcons with 14.

California 66, Eugene 65

EUGENE — The California Pintos were outscored 39-31 in the second half but were able to hold on for a 66-65 win over Eugene on Friday.

Caleb Shaw, who led the Eagles (3-2) with a game-high 26 points, took the last shot of the game for the win but it rimmed out.

California (4-2) took a 22-18 after one quarter and held a 35-29 lead at the half.

Terrance Morris led the Pintos with 20.

Jake Wieneman dropped in 14 for Eugene.

The Eagles travel Tuesday to Hallsville.

California was a 61-49 winner in the JV game.

Russellville 53, Tipton 48

TIPTON — Levi Kehr poured in 19 points to lead the Russellville Indians to their first win of the season in a 53-48 victory over Tipton on Friday.

The Indians (1-3) trailed 27-26 at the half and tied the game at 39 heading into the fourth quarter.

Rusty Calvin got a double-double for the Indians with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Russellville, which lost the JV game 42-41, returns to action Tuesday at Crocker.

Blair Oaks frosh win

KAISER — The Blair Oaks Falcons freshman team improved to 2-0 Friday with a 50-22 win over Versailles in the semifinals of the Osage Freshman Tournament.

Logan Gratz led Blair Oaks with 12 points, while Joey Bernskoetter chipped in with 10.

Blair Oaks will take on Waynesville or Camdenton in the championship game at 1 p.m. today.

Girls Basketball

Crocker 75, St. Elizabeth 48

CROCKER — The St. Elizabeth Lady Hornets dropped a 75-48 decision to Crocker on Friday.

The two teams were tied at 12 heading into the second quarter, where Crocker outscored St. Elizabeth 22-14 to take a 34-26 lead at the half. Crocker then poured in 30 points to the Lady Hornets’ 10 in the third quarter to lead 65-36.

Morgan Wilde led the Lady Hornets (0-4) with 18 points, while Erin Struemph finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

St. Elizabeth, which won the two quarter JV game 28-21, opens the Cuba Tournament at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Bunker.

Osage 55, Russellville 46

KAISER — The Russellville Lady Indians dropped a 55-46 decision Thursday to School of the Osage.

Amber Duncan and Kaitlynn Siebert each scored 16 points for the Lady Indians, who trailed 26-22 at the half and 37-35 after three quarters before being outscored 18-11 in the final frame.

Men’s Basketball

Cougars win

CHICAGO — Greg Stegeman had a big hand in helping Columbia College pick up its 10th win of the season Friday with a 97-55 win over East-West Illinois.

Stegeman (Fatima High School) tossed in 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

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