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McKENZIE (February 22) — The District 11A Boys Basketball Tournament concluded Saturday with championship and consolation contests at Bethel University’s Crisp Arena.The McKenzie Rebels …
McKENZIE (February 22) — The District 11A Boys Basketball Tournament concluded Saturday with championship and consolation contests at Bethel University’s Crisp Arena.
The McKenzie Rebels claimed the district crown with a 89-49 win over the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Tigers. Prior to that was the consolation game in which the West Carroll War Eagles earned third place with a thrilling, 61-58 overtime win over the Huntingdon Mustangs.
Following the games, awards were presented to the top four teams as well as to the All-Academic, All-District and All-Tournament teams (see separate story).
All four teams advance to the Region 6A tournament scheduled to begin Saturday with games hosted by higher seeds. The champion Rebels host Collinwood at Crisp Arena. The runner-up Tigers host Perry County. The Mustangs travel to Loretto. Those games tip off at 6 p.m.
The War Eagles will travel to Summertown a night early on Friday, because the Lady War Eagles are also matched with Summertown. The girls tip off at 6 p.m., with the boys to immediately follow.
Region semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at Wayne County High School.
Dates and locations of all region games are subject to change.
Championship: McKenzie Rebels 89, Central Tigers 49
The Rebels had a 24-21 edge after a high-scoring first frame, led by Nate Whitsell with a dozen points on four three-pointers. Lazarick Hill scored five, and Micah Austin had three points. Lane Horton and Caleb Gill each had a pair. Mason Binkley led the Tigers with 14 points, including four three-pointers. Brayden Frye, Gage Lowry and Davion Harris each had a pair, and Justin Haskins hit a free throw.
McKenzie pulled away with a 22-8 advantage in the second quarter, led by Hill with eleven points, including a three. Austin scored five with a three, and Lucas King scored four. Whitsell added a pair. Haskins led Central with four points, including a three. Frye and Lowry each added a pair. At the half, McKenzie led 46-29.
The Rebels had a 25-16 tilt in the third, led by Hill with 14 points, including a three-pointer. King, Whitsell and Gill each hit a three, and Evan Jarrett had a pair. Binkley led the Tigers with 13 points, including a trio of threes. Skylar Castleman also hit a three. Entering the final frame, the Rebels led 71-45.
McKenzie capped the win with an 18-4 swing in the fourth, led by Johnathan Moore with five points, including a three. Marquez Taylor scored four, and Eli Surber hit a three. Horton, Witt Mitchum and Bryson Steele each had a pair. Harris and Thomas Crews each had a pair for Central.
Rebel Lazarick Hill led all scorers with 30 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Nate Whitsell scored 17 with five threes.
Mason Binkley led the Tigers with 27 points, including seven three-pointers.
Consolation: West Carroll War Eagles 61, Huntingdon Mustangs 58 (OT)
The Mustangs had an 11-7 lead after the opening frame, led by Drake Butler with seven points, including a three-pointer. Grant Bartholomew and Ben Taylor each had a pair. Jalen Anglin led the War Eagles with four points, and Josh Clark scored three points.
West Carroll took a one-point halftime lead with a 24-19 advantage in the second quarter, led by Anglin with ten points, including a pair of threes. Jed Robinson scored five with a three, and Clark had four points. Luke Moore hit a three, and Jack Barrow had a pair. Taylor led Huntingdon with six points, including a three. Bartholomew scored five with a three, and Nik Bynum had four points. Butler and Noah Belew each had a pair. At the break, the War Eagles led 31-30.
The third was an 11-11 wash. Anglin led West Carroll with four points, and Jeremiah Bryant hit a three. Moore and Clark each added a pair. Bynum led the Mustangs with five points, including a three. Butler scored four, and Taylor added a pair. After three quarters, the War Eagles led 42-41.
Huntingdon forced overtime with a 12-11 edge in the fourth, led by Butler with five points. Bartholomew hit a three-pointer, and Taylor and Belew each added a pair. Anglin led West Carroll with five points, and Bryant, Robinson and Clark each added a pair. At the end of regulation, the score was knotted at 53-53.
West Carroll took the overtime victory with an 8-5 tilt in the extra period, led by Moore and Clark with three points each. Anglin added a pair. Bynum and Belew each added a pair for the Mustangs, and Kieyren Jordan hit a free throw.
War Eagle Jalen Anglin led all scorers with 25 points, including a pair of three-pointers and a perfect nine-of-nine at the line. Josh Clark scored 14 points.
Drake Butler led Huntingdon with 18 points, including a three. Ben Taylor scored a dozen with a three. Nik Bynum had eleven points with a three, and Grant Bartholomew scored ten with a pair of three-pointers.