Elementary tourney wraps up with final quartet of contests
PUNXSUTAWNEY — After 12 games in three nights, the annual boys' basketball elementary tournament wrapped up with another night of quality court action.
The opening pair of contests saw a close contest before a runaway victor claimed the later fourth- and fifth-grade editions.
After leading 8-5 over the first 10 minutes of play, Alabama scored three of the four second-half points for the 11-6 win over Colorado.
For the second night in a row, Princeton was paced by Andrew Young, who netted 12 points. Young and the Tigers swept past the Ducks of Oregon, 26-7.
The Tigers had a sharp bite to them in the sixth-grade affairs. LSU was able to double Michigan State's second-period output for the 24-17 win.
LSU made it a clean sweep of games in its doubleheader with a 30-19 victory over Florida.
Alabama 11, Colorado 6
The Crimson Tide were about to find the basket for eight first half points and rode the lead to the end. Trailing 8-5, the Buffaloes were only able to manage a single point in the second 10 minutes to fall 11-6.
Ben Fezell and Alec Greenblatt both produced three points for Alabama. Sean Deeley and Ethan Presloid chipped in a bucket apiece. Branson Scarantine added a free throw for his point.
For Colorado, Ethan Lainey, Max London and Graham McFarland each hit for two points.
Princeton 26, Oregon 7
Princeton did not run its traditional slowdown offense on Wednesday night. The Tigers ran out to an early lead and never looked back. Princeton held a double-digit margin, 18-7, at the intermission.
Oregon could not cut into the difference at all in the second half. In fact, the Ducks did not find the hoop in the last 10 minutes and were outscored 8-0 for the 26-7 final tally.
Young led all scorers on the night with his 12 points for Princeton. Ryan Roberts banked home six points while Jeremy Beatty had four. Brandon Scott recorded three points. John Kapusta downed a free throw.
Oregon received two points each from Graham Lott, Alex Martin and Ryan Heigley. Gavin Edwards accounted for the other point, with a made shot from the charity stripe.
The older sixth-graders produced a pair of higher-scoring contests.
LSU 24, Michigan St. 17
After being tied at 10 for the first half, LSU started to roll from there. The Tigers posted 14 points in the second period while holding the Spartans to just seven for the 24-17 win.
Derek Huey led LSU with 10 points. Jackson Fezell chipped in eight points in the win. Alex Gianvito added four tallies and Micah Kriebel lofted into the basket a made shot for the other two points.
Michigan State received nine points from Ethan Blose. Cameron Smith fired in six points. Andrew Wehrle found the bucket one time for two points.
LSU 30, Florida 19
LSU kept its scoring rolling in the nightcap. The Tigers scored the first six points and 12 of the opening 14 points to open a 16-8 advantage over the Gators.
Trailing 24-12, Florida tried to rally but could not muster enough to fall 30-19 in the end.
The Tigers saw all six of its players find the scoring column in the game. Gianvito led LSU with nine points. Huey was right behind with seven points. Kriebel threw in three baskets for six points. Fezell had four points, while both Reese Martuscelli and Andrew Pifer netted two points apiece.
Darren Byers finished with Florida's high-point total of seven. Carter Newcome drained six points. Andrew Britton contributed four points, and Caden Barrick had two.