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Vandals win DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic

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By Andrew Harner

DUQUOIN - Despite having to play three games in 24 hours, the Vandalia boys basketball team was able to win them all to win the DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic.

In the team's first appearance at the tournament, the Vandals went 4-0 to defeat Cairo, DuQuoin, Benton and Waltonville to take the tournament championship.

The title was technically won after Vandalia beat Benton, 34-31, in a physical game on Saturday afternoon, but coach Kevin Jackson wasn't completely satisfied until the team finished off against Waltonville, with a 68-44 win Saturday night.

Cairo was defeated on Monday, 80-60, and DuQuoin was downed on Friday, 53-43.

Vandalia is now 5-0 on the season, and is back in action on Friday against Greenville.

Full coverage of the tournament will be available in this week's edition of The Leader-Union.