High-scoring early, tight late games highlight elementary hoops tournament

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The second night of the annual boys' elementary basketball tourney saw a contrast on the scoreboard.

In the two opening tilts Tuesday, the sixth-grade matchups lit up the lights in seven-point finals.

Michigan State netted 15 and 16 points in its halves and held a lead over Florida by as many as 20 points before taking the 31-24 win.

With almost as many points as the first contest, LSU bested Michigan State in each half of the second game to take away a 27-20 win.

Stepping onto the floor, the fourth- and fifth-grade squads did not find the hoop as often as their elder classmates but still produced a pair of tight games.

Beginning the age group action, Princeton tied the game at 7 in the final seconds only to see Alabama convert the lone point of the overtime for an 8-7 win.

After leading by two at intermission, Oregon prevailed by the same margin, 12-10, over Colorado in the final action of the night.

Mich. St. 31, Florida 24

The Spartans doubled up the Gators, 15-7, in the first 10 minutes of play.

Michigan State continued to pour in the points to lead by as many as 20 points, 31-11. Florida bit back by scoring 13 of the final 15 points but ran out of time to fall 31-24.

For the Spartans, Ethan Blose and Evan Humble dumped in eight points apiece. Andre Wehrle chipped in six points, while Cameron Smith added five points. Jeff Barnett and Jacob Good scored a basket each.

On the other side, for Florida, Carter Newcome had high-game honors with nine points. Darren Byers and Andrew Britton each finished with four points. Caden Barrick threw in three points. Zach Siple had one bucket, while Alex London and Matthew Brotherton made a free throws.

LSU 27, Michigan State 20

LSU took advantage of its fresher legs to slide out in front, 12-9, for the first half.

The Tigers maintained their margin and extended it in the second period. LSU claimed the second half, 15-11, to complete the 27-20 win over Michigan State.

The Tiger trio of Derek Huey, Micah Kriebel and Jackson Fezell all netted six points. On the inside, Alex Gianvito hit for five points. Andrew Pifer contributed three points, and Reese Martuscelli had a made foul shot.

Blose accounted for the majority of the Spartans points with 14. Humble added four and Barnett two to round out the total. Alabama 8, Princeton 7, OT

The fans could have sworn it to be at a football game in Tuscaloosa with the low-scoring point total of the hoops contest.

The Crimson Tide held the Tigers scoreless, 3-0, over the opening 600 seconds. In fact, Alabama held all but one Princeton player scoreless for the entire 21 minutes of play.

The Tigers' Andrew Young single-handedly forced the contest into an extra minute of play. Young pulled down the missed Alabama shot and raced coast-to-coast to lay in the game-tying basket right before the buzzer sounded.

In the minute-long overtime, both teams missed an early one-and-one trip to the charity stripe. Princeton missed a pair on a second foul line trip, as the game remained tied at 7.

After an offensive rebound, Ben Fezell was fouled on his putback attempt with 10.3 seconds left. Fezell saw the first try fall over the rim, but his second made it through the hoop to edge his team ahead, 8-7.

The Tigers final offensive possession was unsuccessful and they fell by the one point.

In the Tide scoring, Alec Greenblatt led with three points. Sean Deeley and Brady Schall both had two points. Fezell's only point was the game-winner.

Young accounted for all seven of Princeton's tallies.

Oregon 12, Colorado 10

The fourth and final contest was a back-and-forth affair.

Oregon scored three of the first five buckets for a 6-4 halftime lead.

The Ducks led 12-8 late in the game but the Buffaloes pulled within a basket, 12-10. Following a timeout, both teams had one last try at the hoop, but to no avail, and the score stayed in Oregon's favor 12-10 for the final.

Graham Lott and Zack VanLeer paced the Ducks with four points each. Logan Jordan added two points. Alex Martin and Jacob Catarouche downed a foul shot apiece.

Colorado received a team-high three points from Corbin Heitzenrater. Max London, Ashton Anderson and Aiden Wilson all scored two tallies. Graham McFarland rounded out the scoring line with a point.

The elementary tournament will wrap up tonight with four more games, starting at 5:30 p.m.