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The PHS varsity boys basketball team pulled off a dramatic comeback to take third place at the Highland Tournament Saturday.
Down by 10 going into the final period against the host team, Palmyra (6-6) went on a 23-8 run to win 54-49.
The defense kept the Cougars from making a field goal the entire fourth quarter, while the offense hit some big shots and sank all 10 free throws to pull off the shocker.
Senior guard, Alex Loman, hit two three points and four free throws to score 10 of his team-high 15 points in leading the comeback.
Palmyra fell behind 20-7 in the first quarter and still trailed by eight at the half before getting out-scored 12-10 in the third quarter.
The Cougars helped themselves at the line in the fourth quarter, sinking eight of 11, but could not get a field goal to go down.
Bear Bock sank six field goals in scoring 13 points, while Adam Goodwin made all four of his fourth-quarter free throws in adding 10 points in the game.
Also scoring for Palmyra were Tyler Banta, six, Mason Roberts, five, Jon Lundberg, three, and Laydin Lochman, two.
The Panthers had to settle for the third place game after falling to top-seeded Kirksville, 48-28, in the semifinals the night before.
Palmyra trailed by four at the half before Kirksville went on a 23-7 second half run.
Scoring for Palmyra were Loman, 11, Bock, nine, Goodwin, four, Roberts, two, and Lochman, two.
The Panthers opened the tournament with a come-from-behind, 49-42, win over sixth-seeded Scotland County, Wednesday.
Knox County got out to a 17-9 run to open the game, but Palmyra answered with a 21-9 run to go in to halftime up 30-26.
The game was tied at 38 going into the final period, when Palmyra put it away with an 11-4 run down the stretch.
Bock paced the offense with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Lochman came off the bench to sink two three-pointers and score 13 points.
Also contributing on offense were Loman, nine, Roberts, six, and Bronson Juette, three.
The victory was Coach Brian Rea’s 300th as a high school coach.
The tournament games were pushed back a day due to the weather. The boys championship game between Kirksville and Macon was delayed until this Saturday.
11/23 at Els. L 40-48, 0-1
11/30 M.T. W 72-48, 1-1
12/3 Can. W 55-48, 2-1
12/6-11 M.C. Tournament
12/7 S. S. W 48-38 3-1
12/9 MC L 39-42, 3-2
12/10 Lou L 40-58, 3-3
12/14 at QND L 30-50, 3-4
12/17 at Unity W 55-48, 4-4
12/20 Lou. L 43-62, 4-5
1/3-8 Highland Tourn.
1/5 K.C. W 49-42, 5-5
1/7 Kirk. L 28-48, 5-6
1/8 High. W 54-49, 6-6
1/11 at North Port
1/14 at Centralia 6 p.m.
1/17-22 Lenzini Tourn.
1/17 Canton 9 p.m.
1/25 at Brookfield
2/1 at Clark County
2/4 South Shelby
2/8 at Monroe City
2/10 Bowling Green
2/15 at Hannibal 6 p.m.
2/18 Highland 6 p.m.