WELCH - A fourth-quarter scoring burst helped the Commerce boys take charge in their 47-27 victory over Watts in a losers' bracket game at the Kenneth Sooter Invitational here Friday night.
"We'll take any win we can get," Commerce coach Tom Fenderson said. "We didn't do a very good job with the press in the first three quarters. We finally got some steals and lay-ups in the fourth quarter."
Ketchum turned back Chetopa, Kan., 42-35 in a boys' semifinal Friday night.
Commerce played St. Paul, Kan., in the consolation final Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers had led only 29-22 heading into the final stanza, but scored eight of the first 10 points in the quarter.
Commerce then outscored the Engineers 10-1 over the final 3:14 to break the game open. Watts' only points came on a free throw by Gibson with 38.2 seconds left.
"We did a better job of rebounding in the second half," Fenderson said. "They killed us on the offensive boards in the first half. Defensively in the second half we did a better job. The kids played a little harder."
Commerce played St. Paul, Kan., Saturday afternoon in the consolation championship.
Zach Barnes had a game-high 26 points for the Tigers. He was the only player in double figures, but CHS got points from eight different players.
Chris Chandler had 12 points for Watts.
Ketchum 42, Chetopa 35
The Warriors led 23-18 at intermission and inched away.
It was 33-28 heading into the fourth quarter, then Ketchum held a 9-7 edge.
Dava Hardin scored 12 points and Breadan Doublehead added 11 for the Warriors.
Stephen Ahrens had a game-high 21 for the Green Hornets.
Ketchum 13 10 10 9 - 42
Chetopa, Kan. 10 8 10 7 - 35
Ketchum - Hardin 12, Doublehead 11, Mouse 7, Wilson 5, Frost 4, Brown 4, Garrett 1.
Chetopa - Ahrens 21, McKibben 7, Brunning 5, Stapleton 2.
Watts 7 7 8 5 - 27
Commerce 8 10 11 18 - 47
Watts - Chandler 12, Glenn 9, Gibson 3, Cunningham 2, Rowland 2.
Commerce - Barnes 26, Williams 5, Manning 4, Arnold 4, Bowling 2, Witten 2, Ratliff 2.