Tournament MVP Jaythan Boyd scored 18 points and sharp shooter Hunter Knight added 15 as the Eastside boys won the Morrison Ruritan Tournament on Friday night with a 38-32 victory over Centertown.
Eastside was able to fight back a frantic Centertown comeback that saw the Warriors claw back from a 14-point deficit behind a team-high 12 points from Ethan Roach.
It looked like Eastside might pull away in the second half when Boyd, the tournament MVP, hit back-to-back layups in transition to put the Bulldogs on top, 28-14 midway through the third quarter.
But the Bulldogs were plagued by turnovers as Centertown ramped up its defense and forced Eastside into a variety of errors. At one point, Centertown forced turnovers on four out of five possessions.
John Prater energized the Centertown comeback when he made a run-out layup to cut the lead to 31-24 early in the fourth. Roach added a layup to make it 31-26.
But every time the Bulldogs were threatened Boyd came to the rescue. He drove to the rim to hit consecutive shots late in the fourth to put the Bulldogs ahead 37-27.
Centertown responded with a 3-pointer from Kade Hillis but it wasn’t enough as Eastside captured the victory.
Other Eastside scorers were Caleb Cox with three points and Caden Bass with two.
For Centertown, Thomas Burks scored eight, Prater had five, Sam Rivers scored four and Logan Cantrell added three.
In the girls championship, Westwood from neighboring Coffee County won the title with a 36-18 win over Morrison. It’s the first time Westwood has played in the county league.
Westwood build a commanding lead at the half, up 23-5. Morrison cut into the deficit in the second half behind a relentless defense that forced turnovers that led to points.
Jenna Newby was among the Lady Eagle defenders that were especially active and pestered Westwood into a variety of mistakes.
The top scorer for Morrison was Miranda Medley with eight points. Jayla Garibalda added five while Kiara Blevins scored three and Newby scored two.