Boys Basketball: Mid-Missouri HomeSchool wins consolation bracket at national tournament

SPRINGFIELD -- The Mid-Missouri HomeSchool Mavericks wrapped up their season Friday with a 62-46 victory against Rockford (Ill.) HomeSchool in the consolation bracket final at the NCHBC HomeSchool Nationals.

The Mavericks took ninth place out of 16 teams to receive the “Bronze Ball” with a 4-2 record in the Division 3 bracket.

Mid-Missouri HomeSchool dominated the third quarter, outscoring Rockford 17-4 to build on its 32-25 halftime lead.

Paul Hayes led the Mavericks with 23 points. Aden Mansager finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Cole Marks had a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists.

Mid-Missouri HomeSchool started the tournament Monday 1-1, winning 43-24 against East Valley from Mesa, Ariz., and lost 62-41 to Houston (Texas) HomeSchool.

Marks had team-high’s 20 points and eight rebounds against East Valley. He also finished with 16 points against Houston HomeSchool, which outscored the Mavericks 13-1 in the third quarter to overcome a 30-26 halftime deficit.

On Tuesday, Mid-Missouri HomeSchool lost 53-47 to Capital HomeSchool of East Lansing, Mich., which went on to win the Division 3 national title.

Marks scored 22 points in the loss and Coben Hartman added 13 points.

The Mavericks finished the tournament by winning their final three games.

Mid-Missouri HomeSchool trailed Hudsonville (Mich.) by six points with four seconds remaining in regulation, but the Mavericks rallied for a 66-63 victory in overtime Wednesday.

Marks finished with a team-high 27 points for the Mavericks, who trailed 18-3 after one quarter. Hayes and Owen Hargis finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively.

On Friday, Mid-Missouri HomeSchool advanced in the consolation bracket with a 58-48 victory against the HCYA Warriors from Houston. Marks scored 22 points to lead the Mavericks, followed by Hayes with 14 points and Hartman with 12 points.

Mid-Missouri HomeSchool finishes the season with a 30-13 record.

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