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Flora wins first tournament since 1998

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By Jonathan Stark

 

Shelbyville dominates Central A&M to finish seventh   The Rams were once again led by senior Cody Boarman as he scored 29 in Shelbyville’s 61-38 win over Central A&M, Wednesday afternoon at the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. Boarman was 12-for-20 from the field and pulled down five rebounds as the Rams took seventh place. Central A&M struggled from the field shooting 14-for-49 (28 percent). The Radiers were led by Alex Keeling with nine points. Shelbyville (No. 9) and Central A&M (No. 8) were both 1-3 in pool play.   Comets second half run secures win   Greenville used a 10-0 early in the second half to take control of a see-saw game against Wesclin. Greenville’s surge that made a 23-23 game a 33-23 game held throughout the second half and the Comets took fifth place at the holiday tournament. The Comets lead swelled to as many as 16 in the final minutes of the game as they defeated the Warriors, 48-36. Greenville (No. 5) was 2-2 in pool play and ends the tournament 3-2. Wesclin was 3-1 in pool play and the No. 3 seed ends the tourney 3-2.   The Panthers come from behind in the fourth to win   Pana used a 24-point fourth quarter to get a come from behind victory over Altamont in the third place game of the holiday tournament, 70-61. The No. 4 Panthers were trailing 52-46 entering the fourth quarter but were able to come back thanks to Derek Ade hitting seven consecutive shots and draining two free throws. The Panthers took its first lead of the game on a two-pointer by Ade with 4:32 remaining in the game. Both teams finished pool play with a record of 3-1. Altamont leaves Vandalia going 3-2 and finishing fourth. Pana went 4-1 in the tourney.   Knapp and Flora roll in championship   It was all Flora for four quarters in the championship of the 38th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament as the Wolves defeated Stew-Stras, 62-44. Paul Knapp had 29 points and was named tournament MVP as Flora won its first championship in more than a decade. Stew-Stras came up a win short for the second consecutive year as the Comets couldn’t contain Knapp and the Wolves offense. Stew-Stras also struggled from the floor as shots were not falling. The Comets went 3-2 in the tournament; their other loss was to Altamont on Saturday. Flora ran the table going 5-0.