COLUMBIA — Basketball fans were busy this week with Selection Sunday and with high school and college basketball teams from Columbia playing in end-of-season tournaments.
The Missouri men's basketball team earned a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament and will play Thursday against Colorado State.
The Columbia College men's basketball team suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Louisiana State University-Shreveport in the NAIA national tournament quarterfinal.
At the high school level, the Rock Bridge girls basketball team repeated as state champions, and the Hickman boys basketball team finished third in state.
Missouri men's basketball earns No. 9 seed in NCAA tournament
After a disappointing early exit from the Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournament, Missouri claimed a No. 9 seed in the Midwest region of the 2013 NCAA tournament. Missouri's opening round game is against No. 8 seed Colorado State on Thursday in Lexington, Ky. With a victory, Missouri would likely play the overall No. 1 seed Louisville in the next round.
Missouri men's basketball loses in quarterfinals of SEC tournament
The Missouri men's basketball team lost in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament after failing to hold onto a big second-half lead against Ole Miss in Nashville, Tenn. Senior forward Laurence Bowers had a costly turnover on an inbounds pass in the final minute of a tie ball game that allowed Ole Miss to take the lead with just over a second left in the game.
In the previous game, Missouri defeated Texas A&M 62-50 in their first game of the SEC tournament in Nashville, Tenn. Senior forward Alex Oriakhi led Missouri with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Columbia College men's basketball team's perfect season snapped
Hopes of an undefeated season came to a crushing end Saturday for the Columbia College men's basketball team as the Cougars lost by one point to Louisiana State University-Shreveport in the NAIA national tournament quarterfinal. It was the Cougars' first loss in exactly a year. Columbia College guard Chantel Stanciel was whistled for a charge with 12 seconds left in the game and the Cougars down by one, giving the ball back to Louisiana State University-Shreveport, who would end up winning by one point.
Rock Bridge girls basketball team repeats as state champions
The Rock Bridge girls basketball team repeated as state champions Saturday night after a furious comeback in the second half of the game. The Bruins defeated St. Joseph's Academy 45-38 after trailing at halftime by 10 points. Senior Hannah Dressler, who injured her knee earlier this season, checked into the game with 11 seconds left as fans at Mizzou Arena chanted her name, an inspirational moment that brought tears to the eyes of her teammates.
Hickman boys basketball team finishes third in state
After losing in the semifinals of the Class 5 state finals at Mizzou Arena, the Hickman boys basketball team rebounded in the third place match to defeat Vianney 65-53.