On the back of Tabernacle Falcons’ guard/forward Joshua Dames’ 21-point performance, the host team of the 20th annual Tabernacle Falcons’ Thanksgiving Classic got their first win of the tournament over the visiting Science Hill Toppers.
The Domino’s Tip-Off Classic champions led by as many as 13-points in the contest and eventually came away with the 58-51 triumph this past Wednesday. The Tip-Off Classic Most Valuable Player Ethan Munroe chipped in with 17 points in the Falcons’ victory.
Toppers’ big-man Jake Matthews registered 11 points and got assistance from forward Andrew Miller who finished with nine points.
Both teams brought a ton of energy to the St. George’s Gymnasium from the opening tip. The Falcons and Toppers engaged in a fast pace start to the first half.
The Falcons led 14-8 before a three-point basket from Munroe put the Falcons up 17-8. That shot prompted the Toppers to call a time-out with just over nine minutes to go in the first half.
The Falcons eventually took an 11-point 24-13 lead with 5:08 remaining in the first half. That very momentum carried the Falcons into the half-time break leading the Toppers 31-21.
However the Toppers looked to slow the game down a bit once the second half got underway. Finding their way to the foul line helped the Toppers creep back into the contest. Moments in the second half, the visiting team out of Tennessee made it a six-point 34-28 game in favor of Tabby with just over 11 minutes remaining in the second half. Later, a four-point swing had The Toppers trailing the Falcons 34-32 with 9:30 to go.
Munroe broke the scoring drought for the five-time Thanksgiving Classic champions with a three, to increase their lead 37-32 with 8:56 left to tick in the second half.
Deeper into the half, a three-pointer from Dames pushed the Falcons lead up 40-32. But a three-point response from the toppers made it a 40-35 game.
The pace continued to quicken with 8:05 remaining as Denardo Adderley was fouled while making the basket to make it 42-35. Another Munroe three made it a 10-point lead for the Falcons, 45-35 with 7:01 to go.
Munroe’s hot shooting continued as he buried another three making it a 13-point deficit for the Toppers, 48-35. The Toppers, however, responded with a three of their own with 6:30 remaining in the half. The score stood at 48-38.
Science Hill continued to find life as another three-pointer fell for them to make it a 48-41 game in favor of Tabby with 5:19 remaining.
The back and forth action continued for both teams as Dames made it a 50-42 game after a strong drive and finish at the rim. Seconds later a toppers’ three-point bomb brought them back within five to trail 50-45.
Munroe’s killer instinct shined brightly as the game headed into the final minutes of the half. Munroe was left open in the corner and that three-point basket made it a 52-44 game for the Falcons with under four minutes remaining in regulation.
The Falcons went full steam from that point forward to eventually close out the Toppers.
from Day One:
Science Hill - 70
Erin Egerbrecht: 18 points
Jeila Greenlee: 16 points
BMES Lady Warriors - 23
Arjene Stubbs - 19 points
University High - 36
Courtney Hewtey: 16 points
Gracie Crabtree : 10 points
Tabernacle Lady Falcons - 22
Alexis Williams: 10 points
Johnson County - 61
Blake Atwood: 39 points
Troy Arnold: 11 points
Columbia High - 56
Liron Thomas: 19 points
Devin Longstreet: 11 points
C.I Gibson Rattlers - 78
Darryo Saunders: 21 points
Rashaun Strachan: 15 points
Oakridge High - 67
Javontae Thomas: 17 points
Kell Slater: Eight Points
Westwood High - 67
Ta’Jay Dunlap: 17 points
Mequaje McDaniels: 13 points
Dobyns Bennett High - 51
Charlie Browder: 20 points
Riamello Wadswerth: 10 points