Franklinton captures tourney with 3-0 record
Franklinton captured the Jimmy Magruder Memorial Tournament Saturday with a 58-35 victory over Fontainebleau in the finals of the event, which was hosted by Franklinton.
The competition took place Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
“It was no cakewalk,” Franklinton coach Randall Ginn said. “I thought we played better team ball, and I liked our body language the entire tournament.”
Ginn said his club played really good man defense the first two games, but especially the last game.
“We held Fontainebleau to 12 made field goals, one of which was a three,” Ginn said. “We were real pleased with our defense, particular on number 5 (Justen Mascaro). We focused on him and tried to make somebody else beat us, and nobody could, so we were happy with our rotation.”
Nick Burkhalter led the way for the Demons with 18 points, while Tray Anders also finished in double figures with 14.
Born Smith scored six points, followed by Azende O. Magee’s six. Jadwyn Warren and Darrius Dawson both had three, while Quincy Stewart, K.J. Magee and Resean Hart all tallied two.
In the earlier games Saturday, Mt. Hermon downed Independence, 76-56, while Varnado edged Grace King, 69-68, in overtime.
In the Yellow Jackets’ win, Jessie Pouncey had a monster game, scoring 38 points, including three treys.
Corterio Williams also had a solid contest, recording 28 points, which included a 3-pointer.
In Varnado’s OT win, D.J. Jefferson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime tied at 53-53.
Jefferson finished with 18 points to lead the Wildcats. Nick Darden and Delrick Abrams both finished with 15 for Varnado.
Two Franklinton players made the all-tournament team, including Burkhalter and Anders. Pouncey made it for Mt. Hermon, while Jefferson was on it for Varnado.
The other two players to make the all-tournament team were Fontainebleau’s Mascaro and Grace King’s Chris Hart.
Franklinton and Varnado returned to action, following yesterday’s press time.
Mt. Hermon is back in action Dec. 16, hosting Varnado.