Bears Get Busy at the Blue and Gold Tournament

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By:  Jessie Eubanks

       Christmas break was a busy time for the Bear’s basketball team. Coming in every morning, excluding Christmas Day, they prepared for their upcoming tournament. On December 26th, they traveled to the JQH inSpringfield for the Blue and Gold Tournament, sponsored by MSU.

        Their first game was against the Marshfield Blue Jays. The first quarter looked promising for the Bears, ending with a score of 10-3. Each team had two fouls, Ava being three for four and Marshfieldone for four. Austin Gastineau led scoring in the first quarter, scoring seven points. Seniors Kevin Philpott and Zach Leonard each shot free throws, Leonard two for two and Philpott one for two bringing Ava’s score up to 10.  By the end of the first half, Marshfieldhad stepped up, 17-20.  It was a dramatic comeback for the Blue Jays, going from scoring 3 points in the first quarter to scoring an additional 17 points in the 2nd.   The third quarter proved vital for each team, ending with a tied score of 30-30. The boys battled back and forth in the 4th quarter, each adding 11 points to their score. The game ended inMarshfield’s favor in over-time, 44-48.

       On December 27th, the Bears were at it again against the Miller Cardinals. The Bears beat the Cardinals with a final score of 46-33. The Bears kept the lead throughout the entire game, with Junior Austin Gastineau leading the team, scoring a total of 19 points. Of his 19 points, Gastineau made nine free throws.

         The Bears competed in their final game of the Blue and Gold Tournament on December 28th .They played against the Greenwood Blue Jays, battling for fifth place. The first half of the game was rough for the Bears. They ended the first quarter behind 5-12, but had a come back in the 2nd. They ended the first half ahead 16-14. The Blue Jays fought back in the 3rd quarter, leading by one point. The Bears tied up the game in the 4th taking the boys into overtime, ending with the Blue Jays on top. The final score was 55-44. Senior Zach Leonard led the Bears in points, scoring a total of 15 points. Sophomore Ben Loge was not far behind, scoring 12 points.

            The Bears looked forward to their next game at home on January 6th, but fell to the Marion C. Early Panthers, 43-48. Their next game was hosted by Salem Tigers January 13th and the Bears rose to victory by one point in the last second of the game.


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