Charleston 85, Mountain Grove 82

Saturday, March 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:59 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mountain Grove overcame three large deficits but could not finish its last comeback and lost to Charleston 85-82 in the Class 3 boys' third-place game.

Charleston led by 13 in the second quarter, 9 in the third and 12 in the fourth, but Mountain Grove would not let the Blue Jays keep the wide leads.

"We got down 12 at one time but they won't let them get away," Mountain Grove coach Duane Hiler said. "They just fight and fight and keep competing."

The Panthers had two opportunities to tie the game in the final minute, but Chase White's 3-point attempt fell short, and Joshua Strayhorn stole the ball from White as time expired.

"We got the shots that we wanted to get," Hiler said. "We were looking for something different at the end."

Charleston had to play much of the second half without its star center Ashton Farmer after he picked up his fourth foul with 3:39 left in the third quarter. Charleston coach Danny Farmer received a technical foul for arguing the call.

Without Ashton Farmer, Shawn Sherrell hit three 3-pointers to help Charleston open a 9-point. The Blue Jays stopped looking outside when Farmer returned with 4:14 to play, and returned to its post-up game, hitting Farmer for two inside dunks in the closing minutes.

"When they started double-teaming me down low they covered me pretty well, but other than that, I had the open looks, but they don't always fall," Ashton Farmer said.

Sophomore Brett Collins led Mountain Grove with 26 points.

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