The Massac County High School freshman Patriots basketball team walked away with the hardware from the 50th annual Benton Freshmen Invitational Thursday. Team members are, from left, front row, Kris Miller, Darian Roundtree, Ethan Hertter, Caleb Duckworth, Jared Lamb and Brock Burnham. Back row, assistant coach Derek Morse, Frank Griffin, Graham Lawson, J.T. Weber, Jacob Floyd, Payton Morris, Lane Pegram, Noah Farmer, Gavin Thomas and head coach Don Sawyer.
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The 50th annual Benton Freshmen Invitational came down to the host school’s junior Rangers and Massac County’s youngest Patriots, and then it came down to overtime as the ninth-grade Patriots brought home the trophy with an exciting 64-63 overtime win.
The tournament was held Dec. 9-12.
In the title game, Massac started off well with a 15-7 first quarter lead and did a good job of protecting the lead going into halftime with a 28-21 advantage.
The third quarter wasn’t so kind to the young Pats as Benton roared back with a 19-9 answer and took a 40-37 lead at the end of three.
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