Buccaneers capture District 6AA Tournament

Published 11:50 am Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bowling Green took home the District 6AA Tournament Championship after going 2-0 in the event, which took place last Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at Bowling Green.

The Buccaneers, who won the regular season league title with an 8-0 record, had a bye in the opening round and then won their first game, 81-45, over Ben’s Ford Christian School.

Bowling Green led, 39-31, at halftime but took command in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 24-9.

Connor McCain led the Bucs with 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting. McCain also grabbed five rebounds, four on the offensive end, while dishing out three assists and recording a steal.

K.J. Robertson finished with 16 points on six of 10 from the floor to go with five boards, two assists and a steal.

Brady Goings posted 13 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal. Jared Gambino tallied 11 points, including three treys, four rebounds and a steal.

Jordan Barnes had seven points, four boards and a steal.

Bryan Ottinger logged five points and three assists. Austin Reedy added three, and Jace Ball and Lane Adams contributed two each.

Ottinger had three assists, Reedy pulled down a rebound, Ball had a rebound and a steal, and Adams tallied two boards.

Ben’s Ford was led by Bryan Johnson, who posted 18 points.

The victory put Bowling Green in the title game Saturday. The Bucs were victorious over Silliman Institute, 59-48.

McCain scored 22 points once again. This time, he grabbed seven rebounds to go with five steals and three assists.

Robertson posted 16 points, nine rebounds, eight on the offensive end, and he had an assist.

Goings and Gambino had six points each. Goings also posted a rebound, a block, a steal and an assist. Gambino added an assist and a steal.

Ottinger put up four points, five rebounds and a steal.

Dylan Varnado had three points and four steals, while Barnes added two points, a board and a steal.

Bowling Green coach Pat King said winning the tournament gives his team a huge advantage going into the South State Tournament this week.

“The No. 1 seed got a first round bye, so we really needed to win this conference title,” King said. “The boys have probably played the toughest schedule since I’ve been here. We had a three-week stretch where they played without one of their leaders Connor McCain (ankle injury). We came together. It’s always good to win it. The boys have five seniors. It was a joy to watch them hold up that trophy on their home court especially after playing that tough schedule.

Bowling Green’s seniors are McCain, Robertson, Ottinger, Goings and Gambino.

The top three teams advanced to the South State Tournament, which is going on this week at Brookhaven Academy.

The top four teams from there move into the Class AA Tournament.

Ben’s Ford’s loss to Bowling Green Friday put the Eagles in an elimination game Saturday.

The Eagles kept their season going by defeating Centreville, 74-70.

Johnson, who averaged 28.6 points per game for the tournament, led his club with 18 points.

Ashton Hines scored 18 points, and knocked down four threes in the fourth quarter.

Ben’s Ford coach Shadd Pittman spoke about his team’s play in the district tourney.

“We opened against Central Private last Tuesday and we shot the ball really well,” Pittman said. “We played well defensively. Friday night, we were in the game until about the six-minute mark of the third quarter. Then we lost our heads, allowed outside influences and Bowling Green’s pressure to get the best of us. Saturday was really a grind it out game. I wasn’t sure how the boys would respond after Friday but our boys fought hard. Centreville is more physical than us but we matched their physicality on Saturday. It all started on the defensive end and it translated into good transition offense.”

Bowling Green competed in the South State Tournament after yesterday’s press time.

Ben’s Ford played in the South State Tournament Monday.