For the second straight year the Bluejays took care of business and took home the hardware from the 30th annual Superman Classic.
Losing top notch players like Gregory Tucker and Aaron Cassell doesn’t seem to have slowed down the ‘Jays all that much.
Massac County’s bunch of overachievers put up a good fight but eventually succumbed to Charleston’s relentless attack in the Saturday night title game by a score of 70-52. The 18-point final spread doesn’t do the Patriots justice though.
The 17-2 Bluejays exploded in the second quarter turning a 15-13 first quarter lead into a 42-26 halftime bulge.
Dalton Mitchell singlehandedly kept the Pats in the game in the first quarter with 10 of Massac’s 13 points.
But Charleston ratcheted up the defensive pressure in the second frame to key a quarter-opening 8-0 run and put the Pats behind the eight ball.
Massac returned the favor by opening the second half with an 11-2 run of their own behind three pointers by Mitchell and Daz Nickerson to cut the lead to seven at 44-37.
Charleston managed a 10-point lead at the end of three quarters at 52-42.
Charleston opened the final quarter with some time consuming, fancy ball handling and with the lead staying around 12-14 points, Coach Joe Hosman called in the dogs at the two minute mark.
Charleston scored the last six points of the game and stetched the lead to the final 18 point difference.
Mitchell led all scorers with 25 points. Charleston was led by Sumner Foster and Michael Hull with 14 apiece. Davontay Blye was the only other Patriot to reach double figures with 11.
From a Patriot fan’s perspective, the game of the tournament was Friday night’s barnburner against Carbondale.
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