KANSAS -- Tri-County won both of its boys' basketball games Thursday on the second day of the 14th annual Tri-County Holiday Tournament to win Pool A play with a 3-0 record. The Titans, 6-9, are to play Paris, 5-7, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tri-County is to be going for its second ever title with the other one coming in 2007.
"The kids really wanted it," said Tri-County coach David Smith. "Since our Turkey Tournament we had struggled and not won a game until Wednesday. We have been really close in games. They marked this on the calendar and they thought we could be in the championship game."
The Titans held off every Hutsonville/Palestine charge in their final game of the day to win 53-45.
Tri-County led by 13 late in the third before holding off a Chrisman run to win 40-37 in the opening game of the day.
The final game of the day saw Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond overcome a 10-point third quarter deficit to win 48-43. The Knights, 4-6, are to play H/P for third place at 6 p.m.
Paris beat Westville 48-39 in its final game of the day.
Hutsonville/Palestine scored 16 of the first 18 points of the game against Martinsville and built up a 26-point lead midway through the third. The Bluestreaks battled back to within eight before falling 59-50.
Paris handed WSS its first loss in the tournament 73-61 in a game that had multiple 10 plus runs by both teams.
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond used a 14-2 run in the first half against Westville and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 42-34 victory.
Martinsville also lost to Chrisman 70-44. The Bluestreaks try and snap a four-game losing streak at 3 p.m. Friday as they play Westville for seventh place. Martinsville is 3-10.
Tri-County 40, Chrisman 37
A three-pointer by Seth Eads and a putback by Dylan Campbell put Tri-County in front 29-17. A basket by Eads gave the Titans their largest lead of the game, 34-21 with just 15 seconds left in the third.
Chrisman stormed back to within two points on an 11-0 run starting with a pair of free throws by John Lawlyes to end the third. Lawlyes scored the first five points of the fourth, including a three-pointer and Davis Hale scored to make it before Lawlyes made it 34-32 with a basket with 4:17 remaining.
Tri-County led 38-33 after a bucket by Campbell with one minute left when Lawlyes hit one of two free throws and sank a three-pointer all on the same possession. Mason Hutchinson scored just two points in the game for Tri-County, bu they came at a big time as he sank two free throws with 20 seconds left to account for the final margin of three.
Dillon Tweedy led the Titans with 11 points.
Lawlyes led all players with 20 points for Chrisman.
A 6-0 Chrisman run gave the Cardinals their largest lead of the game 9-6 in first quarter. Tri-County answered with its own 6-0 run as they took the lead for good on the last points of the first on a basket by Blake Lee.
The Titans led 22-15 at the half and played a man-to-man defense holding the Cardiinals to 5-of-19 (.263) shooting from the field.
Hutsonville/Palestine 59, Martinsville 50
Isaac York scored the first five points of the game for Hutsonville/Palestine and Zeke Nave's basket made it 7-0 before Martinsville's Dalton Rollings scored with 5:08 left on a steal and layup. York hit a basket, Chris Thacker nailed a three-pointer and Nave's bucket made it 16-2.
The Tigers led 32-9 after a basket by Matt Funk and they led 32-12 at the half. H/P's man-to-man defense held the Bluestreaks to just 5-of-24 (.208) in the first half, one that saw all 12 Tigers in action at one point or another.
Aaron Nehls sank a three-pointer for Hutsonville with 4:27 left in third for a 42-16 advantage Martinsville shot 50 percent from the field in the final 11:42 starting with a three-point play by Dalton Rollings. Midway through the fourth the Tigers led 52-33 after a basket by Will Newlin. That is when the Bluestreaks used a 14-4 run over the next 3:12 to get to within nine with 43.5 seconds left. Garron Haenig scored seven points, including four straight before Adam Pickering ended the run with two free throws. Colton Probst made the only three-pointer of the game for the Bluestreaks with 12 seconds left for a 58-50 game. Pickering ended the scoring with one of two free throws.
The Bluestreaks picked up their defensive intensity forcing the Tigers into 13 of their 24 turnovers, but Hutsonville/Palestine dominated the boards, 46-23.
York led the Tigers in points and rebounds with 15 and nine respectively.
Rollings and Garron Haenig led Martinsville with 23 and 16 points respectively.
Paris 73, WSS 61
The game featured five lead changes and six ties. WSS led by as much as nine, scoring 15 of the first 21 points of the opening quarter and led 44-42 heading into the final quarter.
Paris scored 31 points in the final eight minutes taking the lead for good on a three-point play by Zach Burger to start the scoring in the period. Kaylin Lawson followed with a three-pointer. The Hatchets were still within two, 53-51 after a pair of free throws by Isaac Kramer with 5:09 left. However, the Tigers then went on a 14-4 run over a span of 2:48, which included eight points by Bryce Krabel, who led all players with 28 points.
Free throws helped the Tigers in the win as they made all eight in the first half and finished 21-of-30 (.700),while the Hatchets were 11-of-17 (.647).
Paris's Burger and Lawson were also in double digits with 16 and 12 respectively. The Tigers were 9-of-12 from the field in the final eight minutes.
For the first time all season the Hatchets had four players in double figures. Gavin Bennett led with a season-high 14, while Chase Thies and Kramer had 13 points each. Kramer finished with a double-double with 10 rebounds Christian Kessler had 12 points.
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 42, Westville 34
Westville led 9-7 on a 15-footer by Brandt Williamson. It was their only lead of the game as the Knights went on a 14-2 run over a span of 5:14 starting with a basket by Colton Romine, who finished with a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The 16 points tied a season-high. Kobe Wells followed with a basket off a turnover and Romine's basket off an in-bounds play made it 13-9. Romine scored four more points during the run, including a stop-and-pop 15 footer. Cody Miller's basket off an in-bounds play for a 21-11 lead. The Tigers ended the half with a three-pointer by Skylor Elliott.
We started out well and then we went into a lull about midway through the first quarter and kind of lost an idea of what we were supposed to be doing and turned it over several times in a row," said A-L-A-H coach Dale Schuring. "We made a nice adjustment to get ourselves back in the game and build a nice lead."
Elliott's basket to start the third quarter against the Knights man-to-man defense, made it a five-point game. A-L-A-H led 31-22 heading into the final quarter after a pair of free throws by Lucas Otto. Westville cut it to five again with 3:35 left, before a Romine basket and a layup by Kobe Wells sealed the victory.
Westville's Tylan Stricklett, who had 30 points in their 69-61 loss to WSS Wednesday, finished with 10.
"We did a good job on high," said Schuring. "He is quite an athlete and he has a lot of skills. He can post you up and he can drive. He goes to the board really hard. I thought our guys did a great job on him. He is going to get his points and good players are going to get those. Overall, I was pleased with our defense. We stuck to the game plan pretty well and took away what they wanted to do best."
Schuring was also pleased with the offensive execution as the Knights shot 56 percent from the field.
"We ran our offense much better than we did Wednesday night," said Schuring. "We got some reversals, some open looks, we went back door a couple of times. Overall, we executed on the floor on both ends much better than what we have in recent games."
Tri-County 53, Hutsonville/Palestine 45
Tri-County used a 7-0 run in the opening quarter to take the lead for good, 9-3 on a layup by Seth Eads. The Titans took their largest lead of the game at that time on a basket by Mason Hutchinson on a feed from Blake Lee. The basket made it 16-8.
The Tigers got to within four on four different occasions in the second quarter, including at the half after a bucket by Jerry Gower. A basket by Dillon Tweedy made it 30-22 with 5:50 left in the third. Hutsonville/Palestine scored seven straight points against the Titans man-to-man defense. Evan Newlin started the run with at three-point play and Isaac York, who finished with a double-double with a game-high 20 points and 19 rebounds, scored the next four.
Tri-County's Cody Richardson made sure the Tigers didn't take the lead by sinking a three-pointer. It was still a one possession game after Gower made one of two free throws with 4:18 left as the Titans led 44-41. Richardson and Lee hit a basket each and Campbell, who led Tri-County with 19 points, sank a three-pointer for a 51-41 lead with 2:02 left. "We ran what we needed to," said Smith. "You know Isaac York is going to get his points as he is a pretty good player. I thought we defended pretty well and when we needed to answer we did. I was really pleased with our patience tonight in the fourth quarter and we got good looks in the fourth."
The Titans shot 45 percent from the field, including 8-of-10 in the final 8:17 and held the Tigers to just 31 percent shooting and no three-pointers (0-of-11). Richardson also finished in double digits with 12 points.
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 48, WSS 43
WSS led 32-22 after seven straight points by Chase Thies, including a 10-foot baseline jumper for a 32-22 lead. The Knights 2-3 zone held WSS to 4-of-20 shooting the rest of the way. A-L-A-H began a 16-0 run with a layup by Austin Romine and four straight by Will Cohan. Colton Romine, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, hit a three-pointer to start the scoring in the fourth quarter and had a three-point play to take the lead for good, 34-32. The run continued with a basket by Austin Romine and two free throws by Kobe Wells for a 38-32 advantage. The Hatchets were within one at 38-37 and 42-40 after a three-pointer by Beau Bennett with 42 seconds left. Wells made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 26.6 seconds to preserve the victory.
Wells was also in double digits with 14 points.
The Hatchets were led by Thies and Isaac Kramer with 12 and 11 points respectively. WSS is 6-5 and is to play Chrisman for fifth place at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The Hatchets were coached by assistant coach Randy Swartz, as coach Austin Robinson's wife was to have a baby.