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Boys Basketball: Blair Oaks 91, Versailles 56

by News Tribune | January 15, 2022 at 12:33 a.m.

VERSAILLES -- The Versailles Tigers entered Friday’s game averaging 88.9 points. The Blair Oaks Falcons kept them well below that number.

Blair Oaks scored 28 points in the second quarter, pulling away to a 91-56 victory against the Tigers in Tri-County Conference play.

Luke Northweather scored 11 of Blair Oaks’ first 15 points, as the Falcons built a 20-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Northweather picked up his third foul at the 3:47 mark of the second quarter and went to the bench for the rest of the half, taking the Falcons’ big man out of the game, but Quinn Kusgen dominated the second quarter.

The Blair Oaks senior scored 15 of his game-high 27 points in the quarter, which included going 10-of-10 at the free-throw line in those eight minutes. The Falcons went into halftime with a 48-39 lead.

Blair Oaks outscored Versailles 24-9 in the third quarter, which included an 18-0 run, to stretch its lead to 72-48.

The Falcons opened the fourth quarter with 12 unanswered points and led by as many as 38 points in the closing minutes.

Northweather added 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons, while Zach Henry also reached double figures with 16 points.

For Versailles (9-5, 0-1 Tri-County), Ryder Williams had a team-high 23 points and Eli Gulyayev added 11 points.

Blair Oaks (13-1, 3-0 Tri-County), ranked No. 2 in Class 4, will take on Class 5 No. 5 Cardinal Ritter (9-8) at 7 p.m. today in the Mid-Missouri Invitational at Harrisburg.

In Friday’s JV game, Blair Oaks defeated Versailles 63-26 to improve to 5-2.

Chase Schnieders led the Falcons with 13 points, while Jaxson Marshall had 11 points and Carter Widhalm added 10.

The Blair Oaks freshman team opened the tripleheader with a 52-24 victory to move to 9-4.

Evan McCullough had 14 points for the Falcons, while Jaden Rackers and Jett Quirouet added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

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