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Patoka defeats Ramsey to win Thanksgiving tourney

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By Jonathan Stark

The day before Thanksgiving, it was brother against brother for the first of three meetings this season between Patoka, coached by Joe Eddy, and Ramsey, coached by Bill Eddy.

It would be Joe Eddy who would come out on top in the first Fayette County civil war of the season, as Patoka won 55-49.

Drew Baldrige scored 23 points and was 9-for-16 from the free-throw line for the Warriors.

Andy Carter of Ramsey had a season-high 26 points as he drained four three-pointers.

The game would go back and forth in the first half, as Ramsey held a 14-13 edge after the first quarter. Patoka was able to swing the score in its favor by halftime, leading 30-26.

The Warriors' defense came up big in the third, as it held the Rams to only six points, all by Carter. The strong defense allowed Patoka to take a 15-point, 47-32 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, it was Ramsey's defense that stepped up. It held Patoka to only eight points, but a 17-point quarter for Ramsey's offense was not enough to overcome the deficit, as the Rams lost by six.

Sawyer Potter had 11 points for Patoka and he hit three three-pointers. Cody Allen had eight points.

Following the game, Baldridge and Cody Allen of Patoka were named to the all-tournament team. Carter and Moreland were named from Ramsey.

Ramsey placed third and Centralia Lutheran was second.

Patoka plays again Saturday at Edwards County at 2 p.m.

Patoka 64

Centralia Lutheran 44

It was the "Baldridge and Allen Show" last Tuesday, as the pair combined for 44 of Patoka's 64 points and equaled Centralia Lutheran's point total for the night

The final score did not reflect how close the game really was. Tied 15-15 after the first and just 27-26 Patoka at the half, this game could have go either way.

Going into the fourth quarter, Patoka held a small five-point lead, 41-36. Centralia Lutheran scored only eight points in the final eight minutes, while Patoka's offense erupted for 23 points. Baldridge had nine points in the quarter and Allen had six as Patoka picked up the big win.

Potter was the only other Warrior to score more than three points; he had seven.