The Greenwood Blue and Gold tournament has taken place for 74 years. Monday night, the Blue Jays won the tournament for the first time thanks to a record-setting performance from Aminu Mohammed.
Mohammed, one of the nation’s top college basketball prospects, scored all but one of Greenwood’s second half points on his way to a tournament one-game record 49 points in his team’s 65-55 win over Kickapoo in the Gold Division championship game.
In addition to the single game scoring record, Mohammed set the tournament’s record for total points in one tournament with 155, and most field goals made in one tournament with 57.
The single-game record that Mohammed broke in regulation time topped the previous mark of 48 by Tim Williams of Niangua in 1981…in a game that went to FOUR overtime periods.
The game went back and forth for most of the game, with Kickapoo tying the game at 53 in the fourth period before the Blue Jays went on a 15-3 run to ice the game.
Greenwood, the defending Class 2 state champions, beat bigger schools to win the title, including the win over Class 5 Kickapoo.
Kickapoo star Anton Brookshire scored 22 for the Chiefs in the loss.
The Blue Division champions was also won by a Class 2 school topping a bigger school, as Hartville beat Logan-Rogersville 52-46 to win their first Blue & Gold title since 1996. Cody Mahan led Hartville with 15 points.
(Editor’s note: The original version of this story included a headline photo that we had taken from Greenwood’s social media accounts, crediting Greenwood, and ran in good faith that it was taken by Greenwood. We have discovered they had re-published a photo that was actually taken by Nathan Papes of the News-Leader that they had not credited to him. We have removed that photo and apologize for the error.)