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Shelbyville Rams

The Shelbyville Rams boys basketball team won its first Vandalia Holiday Tournament since 1994 Saturday with a thrilling 62-61 win over the host team. Pictured front row are, Kayley Longwell, Jaylin McCabe, Sadie Tucker, Alana Dove, Madison Cisna, Claire Duckett, Emma Stauder, Emma Beck, Natalie Frederick and Allison Schuricht. Back row, Colton Miller, Mason Miller, Obadiah Kaiser, coach Bob Herdes, Leo Logue, Hunter Reed, Kade Kull, Payton Bryant, Dalton Hoadley, Malcolm Miller, Braden Nichols, Colton Reed, assistant coach Steve Conlon, Gannon Beals, assistant coach Colby Rothrock, Holli Boarman and Kelsi Frederick. 

VANDALIA — Shelbyville claimed the championship of the boys basketball Vandalia Holiday Tournament on Saturday, defeating Vandalia 62-61 in a back-and-forth game.

The Rams took a 21-13 lead in the first quarter, making it appear that they would run away with the championship, but Vandalia out-scored them 17-11 in the second quarter to trail by only two points at the half, 32-30. In the third quarter, the Vandals out-scored the Rams 17-10 to take a 47-42 lead, but Shelbyville fought back with a 20-14 fourth period and the win.

Malcolm Miller led the Rams with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Miller was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament. Kade Kull and Braden Nichols also broke into double digits with 17 points each. Kull was also named to the all-tournament team.

It was Shelbyville's first Vandalia Holiday Tournament title since 1994. The Vandals were going for their first title since 1981. 

The Rams made it to the championship game by defeating Cumberland in overtime Friday 70-63.

The Pirates took a 17-4 lead in the first quarter, but the Rams out-scored 19-11 in the second period to cut the lead to 28-23 at halftime and 12-11 in the third quarter to make it 39-35. Shelbyville came from behind, out-scoring the Pirates 18-14 in the final period of regulation play and tying it up at 53-53 and won the overtime period 17-10.

Malcolm Miller got a double-double for the Rams with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Leo Logue and Kade Kull also scored in double figures with 19 and 11 points, respectively.

Cumberland’s Zach Wolke also had a double-double with 38 points and 11 rebounds. Brennyn Cutts added 12 points.

Cumberland fell to Meridian in the third-place game Saturday 77-59. Meridian took a 17-13 lead in the first quarter, but the Pirates stayed in the game matching Meridian 17-17 in the second period to make it 34-30 at halftime and again in the third quarter, 23-23, to keep the margin at four points, 57-53. Meridian went on to win.

Wolke led the Pirates with 19 points and nine rebounds while Gabe Hatfill added 11 points. Wolke and Brennyn Cutts were named to the all-tournament team.

After Okaw Valley defeated Father McGivney 48-29 Friday to win the right to play for seventh place, the Timberwolves lost that game to Pana 71-47 Saturday.

Cameron Sharp scored 12 points Friday to lead the Timberwolves against Father McGivney and 13 points against Pana. Tyson Montgomery hit a double-double Saturday with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Montgomery had eight rebounds Friday.

Shelbyville is now 11-2 and travels to Sullivan for its Central Illinois Conference opener Friday.

Cumberland, 9-7, travels to Bethany for a Little Okaw Valley Conference non-division game Friday against Okaw Valley, 2-14.

WSS nips Tri-County for third place in holiday tournament

KANSAS — WSS earned third place in the 15th annual boys' basketball Tri-County Holiday Tournament Saturday nipping Tri-County 55-54.

Martinsville lost in the seventh-place game 51-45.

Paris earned its third title in the last four years taking care of Westville 54-31. Mason Hutchings led Paris with 13 points for the 6-9 team that led 33-21 heading into the fourth.  The game featured two teams with the same nickname of Tigers.

WSS's Jackson Miller was named the tournaments Most Valuable Player, while Beau Bennett was also on the team.

Tri-County's Mitch Pollock and Mason Hutchinson were on the six-member all-tournament team as well as Martinsville's Grant Haenig.

The tournament began as the Kansas New Year's Tournament in 1998 and 1999 before becoming the Kansas Holiday Tournament from 1999-2003.

WSS 55, Tri-County 44

WSS, 10-6, jumped out to a 21-9 lead as Bennett scored nine of his 13 points. The Hatchets increased its lead to 37-21 at the half as Miller drained four three-pointers. WSS still led 47-34 going into the fourth when the Titans rallied.

Tri-County outscored the Hatchets 20-8 in the fourth as WSS was just 6-of-10 from the free throw line, but it was enough in the one-point win.

Miller led all players with 17 points, while Clay Tabbert had 12.

Blake Lee and Mitch Pollock led the Titans with 15 and 14 points respectively.

The Hatchets are to play host to St. Elmo/Brownstown Friday at Stewardson-Strasburg in a National Trail Conference game, while the Titans are to play host to Georgetown Notre Dame de la Salette Jan. 8 at Hume.

Paris JV 51, Martinsville 45

Martinsville fell behind 10-3 after the first quarter and trailed just 22-16 at the half. The Bluestreaks were within one, 33-32 heading into the fourth, but could not overcome the Tigers.

Alex Pickens and Grant Haenig led Martinsville with 14 points each. Haenig scored all of his in the final three quarters.

Martinsville, 0-14, is to travel to Sandoval Wednesday in a non-conference game.

Friday

On Friday WSS lost to Paris 41-40 and beat Martinsville 59-37, while Tri-County lost to Chrisman 80-74 in overtime. and downed the Paris JV team 71-34. Martinsville lost to Hutsonville/Palestine 58-30. 

Against Paris, WSS was down 23-20 at the end of the first half. In the second half, WSS scored an additional 20 but fell short one point.

Miller led the Hatchets with 15 points.

In the Martinsville game, WSS held a 10 point lead in the first half with the score at 25-15.

Miller led WSS with 24 points. Wyatt Smith and Clay Tabbert also scored in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Haenig led the Bluestreaks with 23 points.

For the Titans against Chrisman Tri-County led 19-9 after the first quarter as Pollock scored 10 points. The Cardinals took a one-point lead at the half, 36-35, but the Titans grabbed a 54-51 lead heading into the fourth. The game was tied at 68 after four periods. 

Pollock, Hutchinson and Trenton Pinnell had 25, 15 and 14 points each. Pinnell scored all 14 of his in the fourth and extra four minutes. 

Against the Paris JV Pollock had 22, while Hutchinson and Cole McClain had 12 points each, while Blake Lee had 10. 

Casey-Westfield wins consolation championship

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Casey-Westfield defeated Owen Valley, Ind., 41-40 Saturday to claim the consolation championship of the First Financial Wabash Valley Classic.

The Warriors took an 11-9 lead in the first quarter and, with a 9-7 margin in the second period, led 20-16 at the half. The two teams played evenly in the third quarter with Casey-Westfield ending up with a 32-28 lead going into the final period. The Warriors held on for the win.

Marcus Downs led the Warriors with 12 points, a block, and seven rebounds. Will Hosselton also broke into double digits with 10 points. Noah Livingston got two steals and Ethan Gilbert had four assists.

Luke Richards was named to the all-tournament team.

Casey-Westfield improves to 13-1 and travels to Bridgeport to face Red Hill in a Little Illini Conference game Wednesday.

AOC wins third place by forfeit

ARTHUR — The Arthur Okaw Christian boys basketball team won third place in the AOC Holiday Classic by forfeit, 2-0, Saturday over Preparing Christian Homeschool Athletes.

AOC hosts Cerro Gordo-Bement on Friday.

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AOC wins third straight title

ARTHUR — The Arthur Okaw Christian girls basketball won their third consecutive AOC Holiday Classic title with a 56-29 win over Calumet Christian (Indiana).

Calumet started the game with a 6-0 run, but AOC led 14-10 at the end of the first period.

Alexa Franklin scored 15 of her 18 points in the first half to carry the load while early foul trouble saw three AOC starters on the bench for most of the second quarter. Franklin also had five rebounds.

Amanda Franklin, who got her third foul with 6:20 left in the second quarter and had to sit the rest of the half, had a dominant third quarter tallying 11 points, six steals, and four assists during the period to help seal the victory for AOC. Franklin also had five rebounds.

Alexa Franklin was named the tournament MVP.

Amanda Franklin was also named to the all-tournament team.

The win improved AOC to 11-5 on the season and the Conquering Riders host Judah Christian for an East Central Illinois Conference game Thursday.

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