Tri-Village wins Jet Holiday Tourney with second one-point win

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Tri-Village 51, Arcanum 50
Tri-Village went 2-0 in the Jet Holiday Tournament and did so by a
combined total of two points. After beating Versailles Friday night
47-46, the Patriots won the tournament at Franklin-Monroe with a 51-50
victory over Arcanum on Saturday. In a duplicate of Friday night’s game, the Pats dug a big hole in the first
period trailing 15-4 at one point only to rally for the victory.


PITSBURG – Tri-Village went 2-0 in the Jet Holiday Tournament and did so by a combined total of two points. After beating Versailles Friday night 47-46, the Patriots won the tournament at Franklin-Monroe with a 51-50 victory over Arcanum on Saturday.

“I told the kids after this game to take this one and build from it as we go back into conference play,” Arcanum coach Brian Gunter said. “Tri-Village is a great team with a great coach.”

In a duplicate of Friday night’s game, the Pats dug a big hole in first period trailing 15-4 at one point only to rally for the victory.

“This is great for all our kids and program,” commented Tri-Village coach Josh Sagester. “Our motto is that you don’t always get what you want but you get what you deserve. This is just a great group of kids.”

Ryan Buck was named the tournament MVP, but it was Tyler Greer who led Tri-Village in scoring in this contest. The guard dropped in 23 points, hitting three times from period the arch.

In the early going it looked as if Arcanum might run Tri-Village off the court. Led by Austin Bruner, who finished with 11 points, the Trojans scored from all areas of the court. They opened the game with a 7-0 run and kept building from there.

However, doing what they have done all season Tri-Village stayed the course and started to chip away at the deficit. By the time the period ended the Arcanum lead was down to 17-10.

After Arcanum opened the period with a bucket, Greer scored three straight times for the Pats and it was 22-18 Trojans. That has how most of the second period went as the Patriots took control.

Although they headed to the break down one at 26-25, Tri-Village had settled down and was starting to establish their game.

When the two teams returned for the second half, Tri-Village continued pushing forward. For the first few minutes the teams traded buckets and the lead, but freshman Drew Moore hit a three pointer, giving the Pats a 34-32 advantage. Tri-Village added five more points taking a 39-34 advantage into the final stanza.

The five point Patriots lead disappeared in the final eight minutes and the game headed to a final possession. After watching its lead dwindle to just one at 42-41, Tri-Village made another run behind buckets from Buck and Greer, making it a 46-43 contest.

But again Arcanum had an answer. Despite having a relatively quiet night the Trojans Clint Hale made a play. The lone senior on the squad converted a traditional three point play, tying the game at 46-46 with 3:23 remaining in the period.

From there things got very interesting. Tri-Village went back up by three, but Travis Binkley hit a three ball tying the game again at 49-49. Following a couple of defensive stops, the Trojans took a one point lead with under a minute to play, setting the stage for the last second heroics.

Like the previous night, the Patriots did it from the free throw line. This time it was Kendall Stutz, who drained two free throws, giving his team a 51-50 advantage with 23 seconds remaining.

Following an Arcanum miss, the Trojans put the Pats David Barger on the line. He missed the front end of a one and one, giving Arcanum hope. Clint Hale raced down the court and unleashed a long three pointer that was all net, but the shot was waved off because of a Trojan timeout.

“We called the timeout in the backcourt, but nobody heard it until he crossed over the half court line,” noted Guther.

With two ticks remaining Hale got another chance, but this time the ball bounced off the rim and Tri-Village got the victory 51-50.

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