Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - Updated: 9:11 AMBy Galen Shelton
Wow, what a game! Gallatin County upset Massac County Monday afternoon in first round play at the 52nd annual Eldorado Holiday Tournament 45-43 in a wild and wooly game.
The Hawks were unperturbed by Massac’s higher tournament seeding in the first quarter and led almost the entire quarter. Massac exerted its dominance in the second quarter, erasing the Hawk’s lead and taking a slight lead of their own. Massac then further turned up the heat by almost shutting out the Hawks in the third frame.
Gallatin adopted a strange strategy, at least to me, in the final minutes of the third frame when trailing by at least five points most of the quarter they held the ball periodically and slowed the game down drastically. I guess they were resting as they came out with guns blazing in the final eight minutes.
Trailing by as many as ten points in the final stanza, the Hawks used some costly turnovers and woeful free throw shooting by the Pats as well as a rediscovered shooting eye of their own to come all the way back and take the lead in the final minutes.
Both teams lost key players in the final few minutes as Darian Roundtree of Massac and Seth Ramsey of Gallatin fouled out.
The combination of turnovers and a stretch of six misses in seven attempts from the charity stripe proved fatal for Massac County in those final ninety seconds or so. Roundtree led Massac with 24 points and Ramsey tallied 24 for Gallatin County.
The loss forced Massac into a quick turnaround as they played Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in the consolation bracket against NCOE.