PANA — Strong offensive performances by Connor Heaton and Griffin Andricks launched Central A&M (3-2) over Pana 70-49 Tuesday. 

"I thought we played really well tonight," Central A&M coach Rob Smith said. "Connor played an exceptional game and so did Griffin.

"Tate Paradee played his best game and Austin Sloan rebounded really well."

Paradee added 10 points for the Raiders while Sloan grabbed 11 rebounds. 

Heaton led all scorers with 25 points while Andricks added 22. 

Central A&M's defense held Pana to just nine points in the first quarter and its offense racked up 24 points, putting the game out of reach early. 

"I thought we finally put things together on the defensive end," Smith said.

Downs Tri-Valley 74, Clinton 47

DOWNS — A stingy Tri-Valley defense disrupted Clinton's offensive game plan and the Maroons couldn't keep up.

"To their credit, Tri-Valley was very disciplined defensively and really forced us out of our rhythm," Clinton coach Clay Haurberg said. "We didn't communicate well defensively and got hung up on screens too frequently because of it."

Tri-Valley's scoring was balanced with four players reaching double figures. Clayton Leipold led the Vikings with 19 points, followed by Mason Cagley's 18. Kolton Weichman scored 13 points and Nolan Anderson added 12. 

In total, Tri-Valley hit 10 three-pointers with Leipold nailing five of them. 

"We did not play up to our ability tonight. We allowed them too many offensive rebounds, several of which they kicked out for open threes," Haurberg said. 

Clinton was led by Austin Baker's 15 points and Jacob Hospelhorn's 10.

Mount Pulaski 62, Warrensburg-Latham 56

WARRENSBURG — Gezus Oliver provided for Mount Pulaski, scoring 19 points off the bench to lead the Toppers' win. 

"Gezus coming off the bench and giving us 19 points gave us the spark we've been missing in that spot," Mount Pulaski (4-1) coach Ryan Deibert said. "It was the step forward for us, here early in the season." 

Hilltoppers 6-9 center Peyton Taylor also had 19 points. 

"I thought our big guy Peyton did a heck of a job for us, doing what he needs to do as far as cleaning up the boards for us," Deibert said. 

Warrensburg-Latham was led by Joe Gustafson's 16 points. Jarius Ingram and Mitchell Leathers added 12 points each for the Cardinals. 

"You know going up against Warrensburg every time that they're going to put a lot of pressure on the ball," Deibert said. "We felt like we needed to meet them with some pressure and aggression of our own. The guys did a good job of attacking the pressure when time was available and converting from there."

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