Saturday, December 30, 2017

North Wins Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament







The final day of the Preble Shawnee Holiday Tournament was well worth the price of admission.  Both games were hard fought and came down the last few minutes.  In the opening round, South narrowly lost to Preble Shawnee while North had a close game with Northwestern, winning in the last minutes padding their lead with free throws.

South had to battle against the Northwestern press.  It was effective at times, so South had to struggle against it. After going back and forth in the 3rd quarter.  South was able to capture a lead in the 4th quarter and fought hard to maintain it. At the 1 minute mark it was a 1 point game. But Ryan Bassler calmly sunk 2 free throws to extend the lead to 3 points. Northwestern scored from the field with seconds to make it a 1 point game again. Willie Bowman provided the final margin of victory when he shot a layup with seconds left in the game for a 66-63 final score.

This set the table for the grand finale.  North and Shawnee played a fast and furious game with both teams racing down the court in transition during the 1st quarter.  North played some man to man, but used a zone defense to put pressure on the wings. Shawnee used a man to man defense, but pressed.

There were a total of 4 technical fouls in the game. 1 against North and 3 against Shawnee.  The home town fans were not happy about this and the gym got loud.  North was tied with Shawnee with about  minute left in the 1st quarter but got the lead and held onto it and at halftime it was 33-24. Shawnee made some good runs in the 2nd half, but North held onto the lead. And when Shawnee started fouling late in the game North calmly toed the line and sunk their free throws to win 62-53.  

Championship Scoring:

Shawnee: Thompson 9, Worley 9, Lewis 10, Moore 13, Bates 9.  North: McCollough 37, Stinson 16, Heindl 6, Jackson 4, Lockwood 2, Stinson 2.


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