By Matt Myers
Basketball fun was palpable Tuesday as The Crush opened the night of Tuesday tourney pool play in the 8-years old and under division of the Ole Barn Restaurant Christmas Tournament at Happy Valley Elementary with a decisive 38-10 victory over the Holston Eagles.
Isaiah Mirhabibi led the orange clad youngsters’ offensive charge with 14 points from the post while teammate Austin Burchfield shot well en route to an 8-point evening. Devin Ramsey displayed great ball handling amidst a 7-point outing and Bryson Rollins rounded out a balanced scoring attack with seven points of his own that helped build a 20-6 Crush lead at the intermission.
The second half saw the Crush take advantage of speedy transition layins to build and maintain a healthy lead. Seth Carter, Landon Ramsey and Caleb Franklin all also contributed to a well-rounded Crush performance while Kylie Harrison emerged as the lone Eagles scoring threat with five points on the night.
The win highlighted an evening in which The Crush would go on to win in expedition play 37-1 over Happy Valley in the night’s next contest.
Overall the victory paled in comparison to the valuable basketball lessons learned by all the youngsters who participated in Tuesday night’s action. Every player got his or her opportunity to contribute on both sides which is beneficial for any young basketball player trying to master the winter game.
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The Holston Eagles redeemed their early evening loss by imploring excellent defense and transisition scoring in 25-6 victory over Happy Valley’s 8U squad in pool play.
Joltin Harrison carried most of the Eagle scoring load with a 10-point performance while teammate Bryce Ward proved that not only the big boys can shoot, posting an 8-point showing.
In a first half characterized by effort-filled play on both sides, Ward’s eight tallies allowed the Eagles to take a 12-2 lead into the lockerroom at half time.
The second half saw the emergence of Landon Brown for the Warriors as the youngster would go on to garner four points and lead all HV players in scoring. Despite the effort and improvement on both sides of the floor, the Eagles were able to ensure victory with a 16-2 lead going into a fourth quarter that saw every player in uniform earn playing time.
10 and under boys and girls
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Will Tittle lead a Tribe transition scoring attack that was at full speed with 13 points in what would become a one-sided victory over The Hill in 10U pool play.
Dakota Cochran also took advantage of the easy layins afforded the youngsters with a 7- point night while teammates Garrett Jennings and Dakota Necessary each added six points amidst the win that was never in doubt due to the strong defensive play of The Tribe.
Although maroon and white standouts James Harmon and Gabe Nickels would tally three and two points, respectively, on the night, The Hill simply could not overcome a 20-5 Tribe advantage at halftime that morphed into the 40-6 final score via fast transition scoring and great long passing for points.
JC Elite garnered a 52-7 victory over Happy Valley in 10U action, as well as a 67-11 victory over the Hurricanes in the same division. The Cyclones defeated Happy Valley’s Cadet 4th team 33-4 in other 10U action Tuesday night and Happy Valley captured a 17-16 10U victory over their 2nd 10U squad in action that required two overtimes.