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Power outage highlights first day of St. Elmo Holiday Tournament

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By Andrew Harner

ST. ELMO – A power outage halted play with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter of the second game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament between Brownstown and South Central.

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At approximately 8:41 Tuesday night, the city of St. Elmo lost power because of an accident involving a power pole near Altamont. At about 9:05, St. Elmo athletic director Ryan Beccue announced that the game was postponed.

Fifth-seeded Brownstown led No. 4 South Central 27-26 at the time of the outage, and the game will resume on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. South Central had possession at the time power was lost.

“I have never experienced anything like this,” said South Central coach Rick Simmons, who has been at least an assistant coach since 1982. “It’s quite unique.”

The game had been a back-and-forth affair, with South Central cutting an 11-point Brownstown lead to four in the final three minutes of the first half, eventually taking the lead two minutes into the third period.

Brownstown senior Bryce Mason made a bucket with nine seconds left in the third quarter to give the Bombers a 27-25 lead, and South Central sophomore Fischer Tharp was fouled with half a second left and made 1-of-2 free throws, the final scoring of the game.

“I’m hoping my kids come back focused and ready to play,” said Brownstown coach Vince Rohr. “We need to pick up where we left off, but hit more shots.”

Junior Colten Hunter returned to Brownstown’s lineup for the first time this season, recovered from a broken wrist. He played hard-nosed defense in the paint and also scored six points.

“He stepped in like he didn’t miss a beat,” Rohr said.

Game 1
Eighth-seeded Ramsey was defeated by No. 1 Altamont, 80-47, in the first game of the tournament.

Despite the 33-point margin, Ramsey coach Bill Eddy said the game was closer than it seemed, with the Rams giving up too many easy baskets off turnovers.

“Basketball is a game of inches, and we seem to be giving up feet,” he said. “It’s the little things.”

Eddy said he is not sure why the Rams have been having turnover issues this season. In the first quarter against Altamont, the game was tied, but 11 of Altamont’s 13 points came off Ramsey miscues.

But the Rams were really hurt in the second quarter, because on the second possession, senior center Blake Hadley was whistled for his third foul and had to come out of the game.

Altamont then began scoring many points in the paint, eventually taking a 34-24 advantage at halftime.

“Any time you lose a big guy with experience, it’s going to hurt,” Eddy said. “(Hadley) was playing really well.”

Hadley returned in the second half, finishing with a game-high 19 points.

Senior Jordan Johnson scored 14 points in the game, but more importantly, may have found his 3-point shooting touch.

He made four in the game, and Eddy said Johnson might be back to form.

“I’ve been waiting for it all year,” Eddy said. “All year, he had a hitch in his shot, and I think now he might get back to the Johnson we saw last year.”

Ramsey will play the loser of the Brownstown/South Central game on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 14
at St. Elmo Holiday Tourney
vs. Altamont
Altamont 80
Ramsey 47

Points – Hadley, 19; Johnson, 14; Luke Webb, 11; Tyler Pryor, 3.
Record – 1-6 (0-3 EIC)
Ramsey  13–11–16–7—47
Altamont  13–21–26–20—80