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Eagles, Beecher City win at St. Elmo Holiday Tournament

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By Andrew Harner

The top two seeds which played on Tuesday in the first round of the 53rd annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament were each victorious.

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No. 1 St. Elmo beat No. 8 Mulberry Grove, 56-32, and No. 4 Beecher City beat No. 5 Brownstown, 67-59.

The remaining teams played first-round games on Wednesday night, and semifinals will be held on Thursday and Friday nights, with the finals set to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The championship game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Check at www.leaderunion.com throughout the week to get updates on the tournament schedule.

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Senior Connor Beasley did not play in the fourth quarter due to an ankle injury, on Tuesday, but that didn't stop the Eagles from posting 22 points in that period to come away with a 56-32 win against Mulberry Grove.

Beasley suffered the injury late in the first quarter when he was fouled during a 3-point attempt and landed awkwardly.

He was noticeably limping, but did play a handful of minutes in the second and third quarters.

The Aces cut St. Elmo's lead to just four in the third period, before the Eagles finished that quarter strong, and then got all seven of senior Garrett Bartels' points and six points from Levi Maxey and Cole Smithson in the fourth quarter.

Maxey finished with a game-high 22 points for St. Elmo (4-2).

Senior Jordan Miller was the leading scorer for the Mulberry Grove (1-7), with eight points.

Tuesday, Dec. 11
St. Elmo 56
Mulberry Grove 32
M: 7-8-11-6—32
S: 11-11-12-22—56
SEHS Points: L. Maxey, 22; Reece Wells, 8; Bartels, 7; Beasley, 6; Smithson, 6; Malachi Maxey, 5; Alec Brady, 2.
Record: 4-2
MGHS Points: Miller, 8; Damian Latham, 6; Derek Phillips, 6; Devonta Williamson, 6; Brett Schewe, 4; Dylan Street, 2.
Record: 1-7

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Seniors Matt Sefton and Austin Hunter each had 22 points for Brownstown on Tuesday, but Beecher City's offense was consistent in all four quarters to give the Eagles a 67-59 victory.

Sefton had his eighth straight game with at least 20 points for the Bombers (5-3), who have dropped three straight games.

Brownstown still leads the area in scoring, with 68.38 points per game.

The Eagles held the Bombers to just nine first-quarter points, only the third time Brownstown has scored in the single digits in a period this season.

That proved to be a big help for Beecher City, as the Eagles only outscored the Bombers by four points the rest of the game.

Sefton had 15 of his points in the second half, and Hunter had 13 of his in the final two quarters.

Junior Jacob Behrends had three 3-pointers on his way to 11 points.

Box score
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Beecher City 67
Brownstown 59
B: 9-16-17-17—59
BC: 13-19-18-17—67
Points: Hunter, 22; M. Sefton, 22; Behrends, 11; Curt Frailey, 4.
Record: 5-3