Sixth Belle Boys Basketball Tournament tips off Tuesday

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 1/12/22

Starting 2022 on the road Friday at Richland, Roger Siwak’s Belle Tigers will return home to northeastern Maries County next week to host the Sixth Annual Belle Boys Basketball Tournament on …

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Sixth Belle Boys Basketball Tournament tips off Tuesday

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Starting 2022 on the road Friday at Richland, Roger Siwak’s Belle Tigers will return home to northeastern Maries County next week to host the Sixth Annual Belle Boys Basketball Tournament on their home court at Belle High School.

Laquey’s Hornets will make their Belle Tournament debut in 2022 replacing Owensville’s Dutchmen who departed for the Kansas Army National Guard Tournament held during the same time frame as Belle’s Tournament.

Teams competing in this year’s tournament included top-seeded Laquey, second-seeded Cuba, third-seeded Newburg, fourth-seeded Chamois, fifth-seeded Belle and sixth-seeded Missouri Military Academy (MMA).

Games will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m., with Cuba’s Wildcats taking on MMA’s Colonels followed at 6:30 p.m., by Laquey’s Hornets going up against the host Tigers.

Taking Wednesday night off, the tournament will resume on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m., with Newburg’s Wolves facing MMA .A Highway 89 showdown will ensue at 6:30 p.m., between the host Belle Tigers and Chamois Pirates.

Pool play will wrap up on Friday, Jan. 21 with Cuba playing Newburg at 5 p.m. in addition to Laquey taking on Chamois at 6:30 p.m.

Laquey, Chamois and Belle will comprise the red pool while Cuba, Newburg and MMA will make up the black pool.

Teams finishing third in their respective pools will play for consolation hardware on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m., followed by the second-place teams in each pool battling for third place at 12:30 p.m.

Teams topping their respective pools will face off in the championship game at 2 p.m.

Earning the top seed with an 3-8 record, Laquey’s Hornets have victories over Newburg, Niangua and Viburnum.

Their losses have come against Climax Springs, Dixon, Iberia, Vienna, Richland, Bourbon and Cuba.

Their loss to Cuba came after the tournament was already seeded.

With no seniors on their roster, Laquey will be led by juniors Hayden Alley, James Bowling, Brock Denny, Gauge Fleschute, Wyatt Horner, Perry Reid and Samuel Kuhlman-Swihart.

Fresh off claiming consolation hardware from the Battle in Bourbon Tournament, Cuba’s Wildcats enter the Belle Tournament as the second seed with a 5-8 record.

Victories for Cuba have come against Salem, Grandview, Bismarck, Laquey and Liberty Christian (Wright City).

Their losses have come against Houston, Owensville, West County, Union, Dixon, Hermann, Steelville and Valley.

Five seniors will lead the Wildcats in Dakota Brooks, Cameron Caron, Charles Scott, Dylan Keogh and Brian DeClue.

Seeded third next week in Belle are Newburg’s Wolves.

They have a current record of 1-5 with their lone win coming against Belle from back in early December.

Their losses have been to St. Clair, Laquey, Stoutland (twice) and Vienna.

Seniors leading the Wolves include Dylan Steffe, Ryan Harris, Gunner Pound and Joseph Baker.

Drawing the fourth seed was the Chamois Pirates.

Sitting at 2-9 as of press time, Chamois’ wins this season have come against New Bloomfield and Belle.

Their losses have come at the hands of Vienna, Smithton, Jamestown, South Callaway, Wellsville-Middletown, New Bloomfield, Hermann and Calvary Lutheran.

Seniors suiting up for the Pirates include Mason Lamb, Caine Schaben and Elijah Paulsmeyer.

Siwak’s Belle Tigers earned the fifth seed.

Entering the tournament with a 1-11 record, Belle’s lone victory came against Tuscumbia in the consolation championship game of the Eugene Tournament.

Losses for the Tigers have come against New Haven, St. Elizabeth, Linn (twice), Newburg, New Bloomfield, Russellville (twice), Chamois, Sullivan and Plato.

Seniors leading Siwak’s Tigers include Will Doss, Thomas Lingo, Justin Lingo and Keith Rose.

Rounding out the field as the sixth seed is the MMA Colonels out of Mexico, Mo.

Losing all four of their games in 2021 in Silex, Centralia, Calvary Lutheran and California, the Colonels opened 2022 at the Calvary Lutheran Tournament.

Those results were not known at press time.

Three seniors will lead the Colonels into battle at Belle in John Latenser, Cohen Tipton and Noble Ishimwe-Sabo.

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