Feb. 6—The last time the Joplin Eagles boys basketball team faced Neosho, it walked away with a decisive 55-33 win over the Wildcats. That was on Jan. 5 during the Kaminsky Classic.
Tuesday was more of the same as Joplin rolled to a 59-29 win over the Wildcats, again at Kaminsky Gymnasium at Joplin High School.
The Eagles (4-18) scored 7 straight points to open the first quarter off a Trenton Gage score, a Brecken Green drive to the basket and Green's first of three first-half 3-pointers. Neosho closed out the opening frame with a Colton Southern score and a Kaiden Asberry free throw.
Gage opened the second frame with a trey to put the Eagles up 10-3. He hit his second 3-pointer of the game at 6:30 to give Joplin a 13-7 advantage with 6:30 left.
Green connected two more times from 3-point land and gave Joplin a 21-10 lead. A Cooper Williams drive to the basket and ensuing "and-one" gave the Eagles a 23-13 cushion with 1:47 left in the half. Strong drives to the basket by both Gage and Green gave the Eagles a 28-13 lead going into the locker room.
Joplin extended its lead, outscoring the Wildcats 13-9 in the third quarter. Williams made good on a trey to open the second half and a resounding Whit Hafer dunk at 5:18 gave Joplin a 33-16 lead.
Another Gage score at 3:22 increased Joplin's lead to 19 at 37-18 with 3:22 left in the third period and the Eagles entered the final frame up 41-22.
Joplin outpaced Neosho 18-7 in the final quarter to cruise to the 59-29 win.
Gage claimed game-high honors with 24 points; Green pitched in 16 points and Williams had 8.
Tyrone Harris and Colton Southern led Neosho with 7 points each.
Next up for the Eagles, a Friday road game against Willard (13-7).
With four regular-season games remaining, the Eagles have just one home game left — on Feb. 16 against Branson at Kaminsky Gymnasium.
Neosho (5-14) travels to McDonald County (10-11) on Thursday.