Pintos capture 77-45 win against Stoutland

The California High School boys basketball teams were on the road for games against Stoutland Tuesday, Jan. 15, where the varsity captured a 77-45 win.

The Pintos led 19-14 after one quarter, and outscored Stoutland in the remaining three to secure the win.

"We traveled a long way in a bus with no heat," California Coach Blair Scanlon said. "This is the time of the year when you want to be playing your best basketball, so it was a good win. We played well."

Jaden Barr led California with 27 points. Burke Brant, Chase Ramsdell and Curtis Lehman each scored nine points. Lehman led rebounds with 13 and had five blocks and three steals. Brant had four assists and three steals, and Ramsdell had five rebounds. Jason Wolverton grabbed seven rebounds.

California's JV also defeated Stoutland, 54-34.

The Pintos were back on the road Friday for a conference game at Versailles, where the varsity lost a close contest to the Tigers, 49-45.

"We were down by 13 at one point," Scanlon said. "This is the third time we've played them, and we knew it was going to be tough to beat them again."

California defeated Versailles in the previous two meetings this season, so the Tigers were most likely looking for redemption this time around.

Versailles led 17-10 after the first quarter and 27-19 at the half. The Pintos turned up the heat in the second half to outscore the Tigers 14-12 and 12-10, but it was too late to pull off a win.

Barr led California with 11 points, followed by Ramsdell and Lehman with 10 each.

Versailles (7-8) was led by Borden Edgar with 15 points.

California's JV defeated Versailles 51-29.

California (7-7) will host Hallsville Friday, which is Hawthorn Bank's "Fill the Gym Night" at CHS.

The boys' game will follow the varsity girls' game, which will begin at 6 p.m.

The Pintos will play Father Tolton Catholic at 7:20 p.m. Sunday at the 2013 MFA Oil Breaktime Shootout at Mizzou Arena, Columbia. A total of six games are scheduled at the event, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending with California's game. The cost to attend is $15 at the door, which includes all six games. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at the CHS office, or from any member of the Pinto basketball team. Money raised at the Shootout helps support the Show-Me games.

"We need to win both games," Scanlon said. "There's definitely pressure on us to play good. We're 7-7. Hallsville will be tough."

Following the MFA Shootout, the Pintos will participate in the Southern Boone Tournament Jan. 28-Feb. 2.

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