Jacksonville and Abingdon-Avon tipped off
the 73rd annual Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament
Wednesday morning with the Tornadoes of A-Town (6-6) looking to
advance to the second round and earn a potential second-round
rematch of last year’s title bout with West Hancock.
Their plans were thwarted by the Crimsons of Jacksonville
(2-9) who, with a 56-41 victory, secured their second win of the
season and the first of this year’s tournament.
Jacksonville came to play in the
tournament’s early game, outscoring Abington-Avon in every
quarter of the contest.
The Crimsons dominated in the paint, outscoring A-Town
24-18, and also shot an impressive 52.9% from the floor for the
game, compared to just 30% from the Tornadoes.
It wasn’t all roses for the home team on
the scoreboard, however, as Jacksonville committed 19 turnovers
thanks to 12 steals by the hands of A-Town.
Jacksonville was led in scoring by junior
forward Carter Hays with 21 points.
Jordan White added nine points and had a team-high three
assists and five steals.
Nick Cook had a game-high 12 rebounds and also
contributed seven points.
Abingdon-Avon was led in scoring by Cayden
Mahr with 15 and Kaden Jones added 12 points and five steals.
Other performances of note:
Ryan Adolphson with six points and 11 rebounds and Lukas
Tinkham with a game-high five assists.
Jacksonville advances to take on the winner of West Hancock and
Brown County, in the quarterfinals Thursday evening at 5:00 pm.
Abingdon-Avon will match up with the loser of that game,
Thursday at 9:00 am.