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Irving College tops Morrison
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Little did they know at the time, the 11 points scored in the first quarter by the Irving College Tigers would be all they would need to claim the 3-pt Club preseason tournament championship.
The Tigers roared out to a 11-0 lead in the first quarter and the Morrison Eagles could never catch up. By the time the final horn sounded, Irving College claimed the fifth- and sixth-grade championship with a 21-7 victory.
The Tigers showed off their shooting touch in the first quarter, getting 3-pointers from Tyler Pomales and Chance Hobbs.
Pomales, who would be named the tournament MVP following the game, and Hobbs each had five points in the first quarter as Irving College took a double-digit lead.
Pomales and Jeffrey McCormick each had baskets in the second quarter as the Tigers went ahead 15-0. Morrison finally got on the board when Rylan Sliger sank a free throw midway through the second quarter, but it would prove to be the only points for the Eagles in the first half.
Lucas Patrick hit a pair of free throws late in the second quarter to give the Tigers a 17-1 advantage going into the locker rooms.
The Eagles seemed to find their shooting touch in the third quarter when Brayton Kelsey, Ethan Smith and Caleb Newby each connected from the field, but Morrison let too many opportunities slip away at the charity stripe.
The Eagles missed all six of their free throws in the third quarter, squandering a chance to climb back in the game.
Douglas Nelson hit Irving College’s only shot from the field in the third quarter, a layup off a pass from Pomales. Patrick and Freddie Trevino each hit one free throw in the period as well, giving the Tigers a 14-point lead going into the fourth.
The lead would never change. Both Morrison and Irving College went scoreless in the final quarter as the Tigers went deep into their bench to get every player some action in the championship.
First-year coach Noah Medley coudn’t have been prouder of his team’s performance in the championship, especially ending a long drought for Irving College in the the county league.
“We played together as a team in the championship game and all tournament,” said Medley. “I’m glad we could get a tournament championship trophy, something which hasn’t happened for the boys at Irving College in over 20 years.”
Pomales led the Tigers with seven points to seal his MVP effort. Hobbs added five while Patrick chipped in four. McCormick and Nelson had two points apiece and Trevino rounded out the scoring with his third-quarter free throw.
Following the game, Hobbs, Patrick and Luke Martin were each named to the all-tournament team from the Tigers.
Kelsey, Smith and Newby led the Eagles with two points each. Sliger’s solid tournament performance came to a close with a one-point effort. Sliger and Smith were also named to the all-tournament team.