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Tourney finals are set

Morrison made sure it would be the team to meet Irving College in the finals of 3-pt Club preseason boys tournament.
The Eagles scored 13 points in the first quarter, then held the Eastside Bulldogs to two points over the next two periods to build a sizable advantage.
Even a late rally by the Bulldogs, led by Jesse Jones, couldn’t overcome Morrison’s lead as the Eagles won 28-19 on Monday night at Charlie Dalton Gym.
The matchup between the Eagles and Bulldogs was the second semifinal game as the winner knew it would be facing the Tigers tomorrow night in the championship.
Morrison jumped out to an early lead, getting six points from Rylan Sliger in the first quarter and four more from Layne Murphy.
Jones kept Eastside close in the first quarter with a 3-pointer and a layup, but the Bulldogs found themselves down 13-7 after six minutes.
The deficit would be the same going into halftime. Both teams struggled to crack the other team’s defense as the second quarter went by without the ball going through the net.
The third quarter looked like it might see no scoring as well, but Brayton Kelsey made sure Morrison got on the board.
Kelsey scored on back-to-back putbacks to move Morrison’s lead into double digits. Sliger and Eastside’s Dillon Young traded baskets late in the third quarter, giving the Eagles a 19-9 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Jones put the Bulldogs on his back and nearly completed the comeback. Jones scored all 10 of his team’s fourth-quarter points, including scoring eight of the first 10 points of the quarter.
Jones hit a jumper from the left wing to start the fourth, then added a driving layup to cut the Eagles’ lead to six. After Sliger pushed the lead back to eight with a layup, Jones would go back to work.
Jones hit a running layup and used his speed to cause a turnover seconds later. When Morrison went to inbound the ball to point guard Ethan Smith, Jones swooped in and stole the ball. Jones then hit a layup to cut the lead to 21-17.
It would be as close as the Bulldogs would get. Smith, Sliger and Kelsey would each hit shots to put the lead back to 10 before Jones finished off the scoring from the field with a running one-handed shot while being fouled.
Jones didn’t connect on the free throw, leaving Eastside behind 27-19. Murphy would finish off the scoring with a late free throw.
Sliger led Morrison with 12 points. Kelsey was next with six, followed by Murphy with five, Smith with two and Caleb Newby with one.
Jones scored 15 of his team’s 19 points. Young and Adrian Thaxton had two points apiece for Eastside.
Morrison will meet Irving College in the finals tomorrow night at Charlie Dalton Gym. The game is scheduled to be played at 7:45 p.m.
Eastside will play the third-place game against Warren County Middle School at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow.