Defending national champion settles for bronze.

Defending national champion Team Missouri, led by Rolla's John Brown and Larry Sexton, finished in third place at the 2013 National Senior Olympics 3-on-3 basketball competition, which was held this week.

Team Missouri defeated Pennsylvania 75-45 and Louisiana 63-45 in the first two games of pool play and then knocked off Georgia 57-23 to win its pool on Monday morning.

On Monday afternoon Missouri started the double-elimination bracket play by knocking off Texas 51-48 in the first round and then whipping Ohio 53-33 in the quarterfinals.

On Tuesday morning the two remaining unbeaten teams collided and Arkansas knocked off Missouri 54-40.

And in the finals of the losers bracket Team Missouri dropped its rematch to Texas 50-36, giving the Missouri squad the bronze medal.

In the championship game Arkansas defeated Texas.

Team Missouri members were Brown, Sexton, Charles Pace, Randy Noll and Joe Brickner.