Platte County boys go 1-2 at Savannah Invitational again

For the fourth straight year, Platte County went 1-2 in the Savannah Invitational, this time advancing to the third-place game before losing in overtime.

Chillicothe erased a seven-point deficit in the final minute and a half of regulation Saturday, Dec. 3 in Savannah, Mo. and then held on for a 60-55 victory. The Pirates split a pair of pool play games earlier in the week in the six-team field, playing three games against Midland Empire Conference foes.

Platte County led 49-42 in regulation before free throw woes helped fuel a comeback.

Chillicothe hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute to tie the score, and Deandre Rollins’ open look at the buzzer hit back iron to send the game into overtime tied at 49. 

Tanner Newberry scored a team-high 15 points, while Deiondre Ragsdale added 13. Rollins finished with 10. Newberry (three) and Ragsdale (two) combined to hit all five of the Pirates’ 3-pointers.

Platte County 52, Savannah 34

John Watts scored a team-high 15 points in the Savannah Invitational opener Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Savannah, Mo.

Kobe Cummings (13 points), Ragsdale (11 points) and Lucas Stanley (10 points) also scored in double figures, giving the Pirates a quartet of big scorers. They held Savannah to just five points in both the first and third quarters to build a big lead. 

Ragsdale hit both of Platte County’s 3-pointers.

Maryville 64, Platte County 53

The Pirates surrendered a lead in the second half Thursday, Dec. 2 in Savannah, Mo.

Maryville trailed 26-20 at halftime but scored 25 in the fourth quarter alone to earn a spot in the championship game. Platte County scored only 10 points in a slow third quarter, struggling to find consistent offense with three players fouling out late.

Ragsdale and Austin Gammill scored 12 points apiece, while Newberry and Rollins chipped in eight each. Newberry, Cummings and JP Post all fouled out.