Graves Co. snaps skid with victory over Massac
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By David Green

Tribune-Courier Sports

DRAFFENVILLE – Graves County snapped a three-game losing streak in Hoop Fest competition with a 75-65 victory Thursday in the second game of the 18th annual tournament.

The game was one of only three boys matchups involving local teams. Marshall County played First Region opponent St. Mary and met Hopkinsville in a second contest.

The Eagles, coached by former Marshall County standout Terry Birdsong, improved to 9-6 in 15 Hoop Fest appearances.

Massac County, site of the original Hoop Fest tourney in 1996, dropped to 6-11 overall with their second consecutive defeat in the event.

In Thursday’s game, Jake Williams led a balanced four-man attack as Graves County defeated Massac County, Ill., in the second game of the Thursday night session.

Williams had 19 points, including 9 of 12 free throws. Zach Kimbler and Peyton Puckett had 16 apiece and Eamon Hannan scored 10 for the Eagles, who ran their Hoop Fest record to 9-6.

Austin Kendall led the Patriots with 21 points, followed by Dalton Mitchell with 19.

Massac Co. 18 30 45 65

Graves Co. 22 41 55 75

Saturday’s Games

Arsenal Tech 87,

Lou. Ballard 84, OT

UK signee Trey Lyles scored a game-high 30 points and added to his record scoring total at Arsenal Technical.

But the Titans saw a 22-point first-quarter lead melt away and needed some last-second heroics in regulation and an extra period to put away the Ballard Bruins.

Lyles outdueled Louisville recruit Quentin Snider, who had 26 points in a losing cause.

Arsenal Tech 24 41 59 78 87

Ballard 2 33 52 78 84

Huntington Prep 72,

Atlanta Sports Acad. 46

Huntington Prep jumped on Atlanta Sports Academy early and cruised to the victory. Montaque Gill-Caesar led the Irish with 19 points.

Gill-Caesar, who played at Hoop Fest last year as a teammate of Andrew Wiggins, is being heavily recruited by Kentucky.

3 to close the margin.

Touray led the Spartans with 16 points.

Atlanta S.A. 11 21 32 46

Huntington 28 48 69 72

Prime Prep Acad. 67,

Quality Education 50

Prime Prep Academy, led by highly regarded Emmanuel Mudiay, came on with a surge that began just before the end of the third period and blew out Quality Education Academy in the Session 4 opener.

Mudiay, who has signed to play for Southern Methodist next year, led Prime Prep with 17 points. He also pulled down 11 rebounds and had five assists.

Marsellis Purvis had 11 points for Quality Education.

Quality Ed. 8 28 39 50

Prime Prep 7 21 42 67

Lou. Ballard 92,

Moss Point, Miss., 71

Devin Booker scored 40 points, but his Moss Point team fell 92-71 to Louisville Ballard in the second game of Saturday night’s final Hoop Fest session.

Booker, who has signed to play for Kentucky, was unable to counter the 1-2 punch of Louisville recruit Quentin Snider, who scored 18 points, and Kelan Martin, who led the Bruins with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

Moss Point 9 32 54 71

Ballard 17 36 65 92

Arsenal Tech 54,

Huntington Prep 51

A game that was nip-and-tuck in the beginning tightened up again at the finish, with Arsenal Tech taking the win.

Trey Lyles hit a 3-point shot from the left wing with 1:14 left in the game to give Tech a 49-47 lead. Huntington tied it at 49-all, but never regained the lead.

Huntington’s Jaquan Lyle missed two free throws with his team trailing 51-53, and then Tech’s Micahel Jones hit one of two free throws to make it a 3-point lead with 9.9 seconds left. Huntington got off a 3-point try that bounced off the rim, and Tech rebounded to seal the win.

Lyles finished with 22 points to lead the Titans.

Lyles led the way with 22 points and 14 rebounds. He struggled at the free-throw line, hitting only 5 of 12 shots. Jones added 14 points and Tyler 11.

Lyle led Huntington with 17 and Perkins had 15.

Arsenal Tech 13 20 33 54

Huntington 11 29 36 51

Oak Hill Acad. 88,

Atlanta Sports Acad. 41

Oak Hill Academy won its 13th straight game in Hoop Fest competition, defeating Atlanta Sports Academy in the final game of the 18th annual tournament Saturday night.

The Warriors jumped ahead early and cruised to their 21st win against two losses in Hoop Fest play. Oak Hill has participated in the event every year except 1996, 2000 and 2002, playing two games in eight tourneys.

Caleb Martin led the Warriors with 21 points. B.J. Stith added 15, Cody Martin 14 and Tony Anderson 12.

Donte Scott had 12 for Atlanta Sports and Mahamed Touray 11.

Atlanta Sports Academy lost its second game of the day in its first visit to Hoop Fest.

Atlanta S.A. 12 23 32 41

Oak Hill 24 47 60 88
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