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Joplin earns conference win over Carl Junction

Jan. 31—After suffering a close loss over the weekend against St. James Academy, Joplin's boys basketball team bounced back on the road on Tuesday night at Carl Junction with a 66-62 win.

Joplin kept pace with Carl Junction in a high-scoring fourth quarter to earn the win. The offensive efficiency is something head coach Nick Pfeifer has talked about ailing his team all season. It was not a problem in this game.

"I was pleased with the way we competed tonight," Pfeifer said. "A couple times we got down and had some poor stretches, but we stayed the course and eventually got ourselves going again. Offensively, we were efficient and did a nice job finishing plays and handling the ball. Especially down the stretch. Defensively, we gave up a few too many direct line drives especially in the fourth quarter, but got enough stops to be successful."

Joplin scored 25 in the final period and outscored CJ by 2. The quarter started with the Eagles leading 41-39.

Junior guard Trenton Gage led the team with 25 points while senior Cooper Williams chipped in 16 more. Williams had two 3-pointers in the contest.

Brody Pant led the Bulldogs with 19 while Deacon Endicott scored 12. Both made two triples.

The Eagles are now 3-17 and ended an eight-game skid. CJ falls to 9-8 and ends a two-game streak it had going.

Joplin JV won 62-41 and the freshman team earned a 53-22 victory.

The Eagles are back in action at 7:30 p.m. Friday as they host Nixa (13-5) for homecoming.

The Bulldogs play Willard (12-7) at home on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.