Bruce Trojans Win Sweet Potato Tournament

devin09.jpgThe first time they met it took three overtimes for the Calhoun City
Wildcats to top the Bruce Trojans by two points. Round two wasn’t
nearly as close as the Trojans defeated the Wildcats 76-67 last Tuesday
night en route to winning the Sweet Potato Tournament in Vardaman.


By JOEL McNEECE
The first time they met it took three overtimes for the Calhoun City Wildcats to top the Bruce Trojans by two points. Round two wasn’t nearly as close as the Trojans defeated the Wildcats 76-67 last Tuesday night en route to winning the Sweet Potato Tournament in Vardaman.
Trailing by five at the half, the Trojans took control of the game in the third period, outscoring the Wildcats 25-9 with some timely three pointers and some dominant post play from senior Marcell Gaston.
Bruce’s Shaunvanta Ingram finished as the game’s high scorer with 28 points. Devin Tillman added 20 and Gaston 18 for the Trojans.
devin09.jpgSenior forward Dylan Turner led the Wildcats on the board and the scoring column with 17 points. Demarius Howard added 12 and Brandon Lawrence 11.
The win advanced the Trojans to the championship game Friday against Caledonia where Bruce jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in the 67-47 victory.
Shaunvanta Ingram led all scorers with 21 points and Marcell Gaston added 19 for Trojans who outscored the Colonels in every period. Rod Harris added 13 points for Bruce.
The Wildcats played West Point in the consolation game and were defeated 77-68.
Dylan Turner led the ‘Cats with 20 points. Demarius Howard scored 16 and J.R. Jennings 14. LaQuintas Robinson led West Point with 23.
‘City trailed by 18 entering the fourth period and cut the lead to single digits, but couldn’t draw close enough for a victory.
In previous boys’ action at the tournament, West Point eliminated host Vardaman in the first round 71-45.
The Green Wave led throughout with Michael Carr leading the way with 12 points. Sergio Prescott led the Rams with 19 points.
In the girls’ bracket, West Point claimed the Sweet Potato title with a victory over host Vardaman.
West Point advanced to the title game by defeating Calhoun City 65-63 with a furious fourth period rally in which they outscored the Lady Wildcats 27-16.
West Point’s Kelci Ewing led all scorers with 28 points.
Ebony Williams paced ‘City with 23. Diantrae Miller added 14.
Vardaman defeated Caledonia in the opening round last Monday to advance to the final, which was controlled throughout by the Lady Green Wave.
West Point jumped out to a 16-5 lead in the opening period and Vardaman never could draw closer as the lead grew to 16 at the half and 17 after three periods in the 63-31 final.
Kelsi Ewing of West Point led all scorers with 24 points. Jicobe Jones led the Lady Rams with 10.
The Bruce girls topped Caledonia in the semifinal of the loser’s bracket behind 11 points from center Jasmine Hampton.
The 49-29 victory for the Lady Trojans put them in Friday’s consolation game against Calhoun City.
In a mirror of the boys’ game, Bruce rallied from a halftime deficit to dominate the third period en route to the 75-59 victory.
After the lady Trojans jumped out to an early first period lead, the Lady ‘Cats defensive pressure began causing turnovers and easy baskets to rally them past Bruce for a nine point lead at the break.
It was all Bruce, however, in the third period as the Lady Trojans outscored ‘City 25-6 to reclaim the lead and third place in the Sweet Potato Tournament.
Bruce’s Jasmine Hampton led all scorers with 24 points. Morgan Vickery added 18 and Zanterria Edwards 12 for Bruce.
Calhoun City scorers included Diantrae Miller with 22 points and guard Sarica Coffey with 18.
Bruce is on the road this week, as they are most of January, playing at Water Valley on Tuesday and at Calhoun City Friday.
‘City plays at Nettleton Tuesday before hosting Bruce on Friday.
Vardaman is at home all week hosting Houlka Tuesday, Caledonia on Thursday, and South Pontotoc on Friday.

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