Six great basketball teams from the region came together in late December to participate in the third annual Holiday Hoopfest, presented by Steiner Homes.
With lots of team ball, the Hobart Brickies pulled away from Clark High School immediately in the first quarter, leading 14-5.
Jeremy Shannon (No. 10) got hot at the wrong time for Clark. Still scoring 16 points alongside his back-court partner Eddie Rebeles, who held his own offensively with 14 points.
“Eddie and I just tried to keep our team in the game by taking the open shots the defense was giving us. They were a tough team but we held our own and my teammates really stepped up,” Jeremy Shannon said.
Tremendous team basketball was the key to Hobart’s success. Led by their two seniors - John Uhles with 10 points and Monte White with 24 points - Hobart really showed great team basketball. Beautiful ball movement by their big man Aleks Novakovich in the paint who led the Brickies with 6 assists.
“It was wonderful to see these boys finally put everything together that we’ve been working on in practice. I am proud of them and we are looking forward to playing tomorrow,” said coach Black of Hobart High School.
Holding on tight at the end of the first quarter, Hammond Morton trailed Griffith 19-20, with the help of Tyreion Jackson, who had 10 points in the first quarter. They also got a huge help from Tayon Carter, who led Morton with 18 points. Right behind him with 14 of his own was Chico Clay.
Despite all the great effort from Morton's three major contributors, that still wasn’t enough for the Murphy twins and the Griffith power house. Leading all scorers in the Holiday Hoopfest was Anthony Murphy with 36 points, to go along with his twin brother Tremell with 19 points. Taking over the game in the second half was Schele (No. 11), Griffith's new tranfer from Bowman High School, with a helping hand of 13 points.
“It really makes the game more enjoyable when you play with a group of guys that you are close with. It makes it flow easier and you can let the game come to you, like I try to do,” Anthony Murphy said. Griffith ended up dominating Morton 85-58.
The final game of the night was Highland, who played Lake Station in a close nail-biter of a game that came down to the last seconds. Good team basketball being played by both teams and Highland pulled away with 41-39.
The crowd favorite for Lake Station was their small but fearless back court in Jones (No. 11) with 6 points and Boyce (No. 3) with 8 points. Even though they didn't score in double digits, they really led by example and motivated their team to play with heart.
The host of the tournament, Highland pulled away at the last second. They were led by their freshman guard Sytsma (No. 12), who had a big 8 points, with a huge 6 points in the fourth quarter. They also got a huge help from their big man Scheidt (No. 50) who had 9 points and 8 boards.
“It was a great game and my guys fought to the end. I am looking forward to competing tomorrow,” said Highland coach Heckard.
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