By The Telegram

Led by senior forward Tate Housholder's 30-point outburst, the Syracuse Bulldogs boys basketball team successfully defended its Rolla Showcase title with a resounding 62-33 triumph over the Stanton County Trojans on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (4-0) opened impressively by taking a 21-4 lead after the first quarter and then were ahead 40-18 at halftime. With reserves playing much of the second half, Syracuse was up 48-27 after three quarters.

Housholder scored 20 of his 30 points in the first half, 11 coming in the opening quarter and nine in the second. Drew Brown added 15 points to the winning total.

Seth Holliday scored eight points to pace Stanton County.

Syracuse moves quickly back into regular season play on Tuesday when the No. 1-ranked Telegram team travels to Tribune to face the No. 2-ranked Greeley County Jackrabbits in a non-league matchup.

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The Syracuse Lady Bulldogs claimed the consolation bracket title with a 56-55 overtime victory Saturday night against the host Lady Pirates.

The score was tied at 48-all after regulation and it was Kamie Rash's jumper with six seconds remaining that provided the margin of victory. Senior Kylee Hedberg paced the Lady Bulldogs with 24 points while Rash chipped in with 15.

Syracuse (3-1), ranked No. 4 by The Telegram, will travel to Tribune on Tuesday and face the No. 5-ranked Lady Jackrabbits who placed fourth in the Scott City Invitational on Saturday.

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Rolla Showcase

Boys Championship

Stanton County (33) Kendrick 0 0-1 0, Nairn 3 1-2 7, Perez 0 0-0 0, Holliday 3 0-0 8, Logan 3 0-0 6, Grover 3 0-0 6, Sierra 0 0-0 0, Edmisson 2 0-0 5, Walker 0 1-2 1, D.J. Logan 0 0-2 0. Totals 14 2-7 33.

Syracuse (62) Parks 0 0-0 0, Brown 6 1-1 15, DeVries 0 0-0 0, B. Simon 1 0-0 3, Housholder 13 4-6 30, Petersen 1 1-4 3, D. Simon 2 0-0 4, Stultz 0 0-0 0, Perez 1 0-0 2, Burkett 2 0-0 4, McAllister 0 1-4 4. Totals 26 7-15 62.

Stanton Co. 4 14 9 6 33

Syracuse 21 19 8 14 62

3-point goals Stanton Co. 3 (Holliday 2, Edmisson 1), Syracuse 3 (Brown 2, B. Simon 1). Total fouls Stanton Co. 20, Syracuse 12. Fouled out none.