St. Elmo Wins Championship Of Its Own Tourney

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Published on December 17 2012 2:55 pm
Last Updated on December 17 2012 3:05 pm
Written by Millie Lange

ST. ELMO -- St. Elmo High School claimed the championship of its own St. Elmo Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament Saturday.

The Eagles edged Altamont 69-63 in the championship contest. The Indians held a 17-15 opening quarter lead but St. Elmo came back with a 21-10 run to lead 36-27 at halftime. Then it was Altamont's turn for a comeback with a 17-10 third period run to pull within 46-44 going into the final period.

St. Elmo hit its free throws in the final quarter, connecting on 16 of a total 24. The Eagles hit 24 of 40 free throws and finished with seven three-pointers.

Levi Maxey tallied 33 points hitting 10 field goals, including four three-pointers, and was nine of 13 at the line. Conner Beasley tallied 21 points on four field goals, three of those from trifecta land, and 10 of 14 at the line.

Altamont was led by Garrett Ziegler with 20 points, three of those from three-point range. Jon Kuhns chipped in with 16 and Derek Jahraus added 11.

Championship Game

ST. ELMO (69)

Bartels 2-4 -- 8, Brady 0-0 -- 0, Beasley 4-10 -- 21, M. Maxey 0-0 -- 0, Wells 1-1 -- 3, L. Maxey 10-9 -- 33, Smithon 0-0 -- 0, Davis 2-0 -- 4. TOTALS 19  FG, 24 FT.

ALTAMONT (63)

Ziegler 6-5 -- 20, McGinnis 0-0 -- 0, Seidel 1-0 -- 2, Hill 3-0 -- 8, Borders 1-0 -- 2, J. Kuhns 6-4 -- 16, Jayhaus 2-0 -- 4, M. Kuhns 0-0 -- 0, Jahraus 4-1 -- 11. TOTALS 23 FG, 10 FT.

St. Elmo          15    21    10    23    --    69

Altamont         17    10    17    19    --    63

3-point FG -- St. Elmo 7 (Beasley 3, L. Maxey 4), Altamont 7 (Ziegler 3, Hill 2, Jahraus 2).

Third Place Game

South Central claimed third place in the tournament with a 41-35 win over Beecher City.

The score was close throughout the contest. South Central held an 8-7 first quarter lead and held that same one-point lead at halftime, 14-13. The Cougars then had a 12-5 third period run to lead 26-18 going into the final quarter. Beecher City had a comeback bid fall short.

Fischer Tharp tallied 10 for the winners while Joel Rose added nine. Beecher City was led by Donnie Riley with 14.

Third Place Game

BEECHER CITY (35)

Gardner 0-0 -- 0, McKay 1-0 -- 3, Doty 1-0 -- 2, Bales 1-0 -- 2, Lagerhausen 0-0 -- 0, Riley 5-0 -- 14, Krueger 2-2 -- 7, Barnes 3-1 -- 7. TOTALS 13 FG, 3 FT.

SOUTH CENTRAL (41)

Harmeier 3-0 -- 8, Hablewitz 4-0 -- 8, Tharp 3-4 -- 10, Rose 3-3 -- 9, Schwarm 2-0 -- 4,  Riley 1-0 -- 2. TOTALS 16 FG, 7 FT.

Beecher City          7    6      5    17    --    35

South Central        8    6    12    15    --    41

3-point FG -- Beecher City 6 (McKay 1, Riley 4,  Krueger 1), South Central 2 (Harmeier 2).

Fifth-Place Game

Cowden-Herrick claimed the fifth-place contest with a 59-38 victory over Brownstown.

The Hornets held a 25-21 halftime lead then went on a scoring rampage in the second half. Luke Moore tallied 10 of his 16 points in the third period. Also in double figures were Tyson Morgason with 15 and Ethan Schoonover with 10.

Brownstown was led by Matt Sefton with 15 and Jacob Behrends with 14.

Fifth-Place Game

COWDEN-HERRICK (59)

Heiserman 1-0 -- 2, Moore 4-7 -- 16, Black 1-1 -- 4, Burris 0-0 -- 0, Lorton 0-2 -- 2, S. Barnes 0-2 -- 2, Schoonover 5-0 -- 10, Morganson 6-3 -- 15, D. Barnes 3-0 -- 6, Miller 1-0 -- 2. TOTALS 21 FG, 15 FT.

BROWNSTOWN (38)

M. Sefton 7-0 -- 15, Hunter 2-2 -- 6, Behrends 5-2 -- 14, Lawson 0-0 -- 0, Frialey 1-0 -- 2, Oberlink 0-1 -- 1, Hall 0-0 -- 0. TOTALS 15 FG, 5 FT.

Cowden-Herrick          12    13    18    16    --    59

Brownstown                16      5      9      8    --    38

3-point FG -- Cowden-Herrick 2 (Moore 1, Black 1), Brownstown 3 (M. Sefton 1, Behrends 2).

Seventh-Place Game

Ramsey claimed the seventh-place contest by going overtime to down Mulberry Grove 42-36.

All-Tournament Team

First Team

Levi Maxey (St. Elmo), Most Valuable Player), Connor Beasley (St. Elmo), Garrett Ziegler (Altamont), Jon Kuhns (Altamont), Luke Moore (Cowden-Herrick)

Second Team

Fischer Tharp (South Central), Rudy Hablewitz (South Central), Donavon Riley (Beecher City), Matt Sefton (Brownstown), Tyler Knisley (Ramsey)