|The Tornadoes of Abingdon-Avon (10-4) found themselves in a 25-21 deficit at halftime of the 3rd place game against the Titans of West Hancock (9-5). They closed that gap and left the third quarter tied 35-35. With the momentum, the Tornadoes took over and closed out strong, winning by eight. Abingdon-Avon takes home the 3rd place trophy and the Titans — after winning the tournament title the last two years — will still leave with hardware.|
This was a tale of two halves, both on the scoreboard and the stat sheet. West Hancock shot 11-18 (61%) and Abingdon-Avon shot 9-25 (36%) in the first half. In the second half, however, the roles flipped. Abingdon-Avon shot 9-16 (56%) and West Hancock shot 5-16 (31%) in the final two quarters. The lead changed hands seven times and the largest lead was the Tornadoes’ eight points at the final buzzer.
The Tornadoes were led in scoring by All-Tournament veteran Ryan Adolphson, who scored 22 points. Graham Struhs added eight points of his own. Adolphson also had a game-high eight rebounds. TJ Meyers and Struhs tied with four assists each.
The Titans were also led by an All-Tournament veteran: Last year’s MVP Drake Hammel. He had 11 points. Hammel and Drew Martens tied for the team-lead with seven rebounds. Hammel also led his team with four assists and six blocks.
Though it isn’t the hardware they’ve been used to recently, West Hancock will have a 4th place trophy to prove their efforts. Abingdon-Avon will end the tournament with a win and a 3rd place trophy.
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December 28, 2019