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Eldorado wins holiday tourney, Pats fall in consolation championship

Wednesday, January 04, 2017 - Updated: 9:08 AM
Galen Shelton
Host school Eldorado beat Herrin 57-47 in overtime to take the 52nd annual Eldorado Holiday Tournament.
In the consolation bracket championship, West Frankfort used pin point passing to take apart Massac County 46-33. After falling to upstart Gallatin County 45-43 in opening round action, Massac demolished outmanned NCOE 79-49 in second round play in a 10 a.m. Tuesday game.
That convincing win earned the Pats a 10 p.m. nightcap matchup with Vienna. With roughly 12 hours rest to go on, the Vienna game was somewhat tougher but Massac still posted a double digit win over the Eagles taking them down 68-48.
That brought on the Wednesday afternoon date with West Frankfort for the consolation championship. Massac simply had trouble getting the ball in the hole in the loss. The Pats tallied just six points in the first quarter and trailed 10-6.
Behind a pair of Darian Roundtree three pointers, the Pats erased the Red Birds’ lead and when Roundtree made his third triple just before the horn the Patriots led 22-18 at the intermission.
The third quarter belonged to Frankfort’s Noah Allen as he dropped three triples on the Pats and his Red Birds climbed back in front.
Holding a seven to nine point lead in the final minutes of play, the ‘Birds slowed things down considerably and Massac County had trouble controlling the ball as errant passing seemed to bother both teams.
Scoring was at a steep premium in the final eight minutes and West Frankfort held on for a 46-33 win.
Roundtree led Massac in scoring and for his efforts was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Frankfort’s Allen led all scorers with 23 points and center Austin Glodich added 11 points and a handful of assists from his high post position.  
Underdog and crowd darlings, Gallatin County pushed eventual champion Eldorado to the limit in the preceding game, which was the semi-finals, as the Hawks lost a squeaker to Eldorado 37-36.
In the third place game, Carmi-White County beat Gallatin and in the fifth place match, Harrisburg beat Edwards County.
Massac County will be in action this Friday night against powerful SIRR foe Benton in a home game.
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