Carbondale ‘super,’ Patriots consolation winners
by Galen Shelton
Jan 29, 2014 | 1304 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 31st annual Superman Classic is history, and the Carbondale Terriers were “super.”

The Terriers blew out Paducah Tilghman in Saturday night’s championship game 72-44.

The Massac County Patriots beat Calloway County 75-63 to take the consolation bracket title.

The Charleston Bluejays avenged an earlier loss to Meridian taking third place overall. Century pulled somewhat of a surprise in beating Union County, Ky. for seventh place.

Quite possibly the highlight of the tournament was Friday night’s thriller between Paducah Tilghman and Meridian.

Meridian seemed content to stay close until the final quarter, trailing by eight entering the last frame. But then a spirited rally and some off-kilter shooting by Tilghman made the finale a humdinger.

Meridian’s Conner Schaal, one of the scariest shooters around here, canned a triple with 12 ticks left, which ultimately sent the game into overtime. Down the stretch, Tilghman’s free throw shooting and Meridian’s choice of shots made the final difference as Tilghman won 85-81 in overtime.

Massac lollygagged for 16 minutes against Tilghman in their first game of the tournament, falling behind 38-19 at halftime. A furious second comeback, keyed by several big defensive plays, pulled the boys within five at 58-53 with just under six minutes left in the game. And the gym was rockin’!

But as is the case so often, when you fall behind that far, it takes too much out of you to just get close again, and Tilghman was able to hold Massac at bay in the final few minutes for a 76-65 win.

The loss put Massac in the consolation bracket where they next met Union County.

The Braves played one of the flattest games I’ve seen in a while against Massac at Eldorado so I, for one, was curious to see how they would play this time. Their roughhouse tactics were about as effective this time around as they were at the Eldorado Holiday Tournament.

Massac got off to a good start with a 16-9 first quarter but Union came back to within three at 21-18 before Massac closed with a 7-0 run for a 25-18 halftime lead.

Massac’s defense did the job for the first 16 minutes along with a big rebounding effort from Andy Walquist. A similar performance from Kyle Reinwald, including a pair of big threes, in the second half kept things going for the Pats.

Massac did enough to win over a team that seemed to lack any chemistry and posted the final score of 55-41.

Saturday afternoon’s game against a tall Calloway County promised to be a good one, and by and large it was.

Massac got left on the starter’s block and trailed 12-2 early on, but rallied to trail 22-15 after one quarter.

A couple of big threes by Jalen Roundtree and Reinwald pulled the Pats closer in the second and at halftime they were down by a count of 34-31.

Skyler Hunter was tough on the Pats in the third with eight big points, but Massac closed to within one at 52-51.

In the fourth quarter, Dalton Mitchell took over where Hunter left off — only for Massac County. Mitchell had his hand in just about every play in the final frame, and the Pats put up 24 points while holding the Lakers to 11 for the final of 75-63.

Mitchell led the way for the Patriots with 24 points while Austin Kendall and Roundtree each tallied 16 in the win.

For their efforts Mitchell and Kendall were both named to the All Tournament team.
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