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Hosts win St. Elmo Holiday Tourney

Photos by Rich Bauer St. Elmo/Brownstown soundly defeated Windsor/Stew-Stras on Saturday to win the 63rd annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

St. Elmo/Brownstown won the 63rd annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament in convincing fashion, outscoring their opponents by an average of almost 25 points.

The Eagles won the title by defeating Windsor/Stew-Stras in the championship game, 73-48, after topping Mulberry Grove, 73-39, in the opening round and Cumberland, 50-36 in the second round.

The outcome of the championship game was never in doubt, as the Eagles led 21-10 after one quarter and 39-19 at halftime.
The Eagles held a 22-16 edge in the third quarter to go up 62-35, and made it a running-clock game early in the fourth quarter.
Cumberland won the third-place game, defeating Hillsboro, the No. 1 tourney seed, 53-46.

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St. Elmo/Browntown’s Adam Atwood pulls down a rebound in the championship game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

Patoka/Odin defeated Cowden-Herrick, 56-54, in the consolation game, with the Warriors’ Owen Landreth scoring the 1,000th point of his career.
Ramsey claimed seventh place by defeating Mulberry Grove in overtime, 83-77.

In the title game, Brody Mason and Josiah led the Eagles in scoring honors with 16 points, each. Cade Schaub had 14 points, and Adam Atwood and Collin Maxey each chipped in 12 points.
Atwood pulled down 11 rebounds, four on offense and seven on defense, to lead in that category, and he also led in assists with six.

Eagles coach Greg Feezel was pleased with his team’s performance in the tournament.

“It’s always nice (to win this tournament),” Feezel said. “(It seems) like we’re always second in this thing, so it’s nice to finish the way we did.

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St. Elmo/Browntown’s Cade Schaub pressures a WSS player during the SEHT championship game. Many more tournament photos on Facebook at Rich Bauer Sports.

“I thought we played pretty well,” he said.
It was during the championship game that Feezel saw his help off the bench increase.

“We were only pretty much a six-man team, and we’ve developed another one with the (Vadium) Plum kid,” he said.

“We saw him come in in the first half and hit a major three down here. That really kickstarted us, when you see a kid come off the bench who probably hasn’t played 10 minutes all year,” Feezel said.

“So, it’s nice to be able to see a kid coming in there and playing hard like he did, and (help) us start developing a bench a little bit,” he said.

About whether he expected to win the championship game by such a wide margin, Feezel said, “I always expect us to play hard, and we finally put the ball in the basket.

“And, you know, that has been bothering me a lot. But, this doesn’t mean that those shooting woes are over but for one night,” he said.

“We settled down and hit some shots. I thought our feet were under us a lot tonight, and we were ready to shoot when we had the opportunity.

“We attacked the basket, and so, when we do all of these things, we get rewarded,” Feezel said.

The Eagles got the season off to a good start by winning the FNB Community Bank Mulberry Grove Thanksgiving Tournament, and Feezel is hopeful that winning their own tournament helps kick start the team again.

“It gave us a boost and then we kind of hit a spot where it’s like, ugh. So, now we get this and hopefully it gives us another boost,” he said.

SEB – R. Powell 0 0-0 0; Sanders 0 0-0 0; Plum 1 0-0 3; Taylor 0 0-0 0; J. Maxey 7 1-3 16; C. Maxey 5 0-2 12; L. Powell 0 0-0 0; Wilhour 0 0-0 0; Schaub 5 2-2 14; Mason 7 0-0 16; Atwood 5 2-5 12; Monnet 0 0-0 0.
Three-pointers – Plum 1, J. Maxey 1, C. Maxey 2, Schaub 2, Mason 2
Windsor/Stew-Stras 67, Hillsboro 67
St. Elmo/Brownstown 50, Cumberland 36
Consolation Bracket
Patoka/Odin 78, Ramsey 72
Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 66, Mulberry Grove 39
Opening Round
Hillsboro 71, Ramsey 32
WSS 63, Patoka/Odin 58 (OT)
SEB 73, Mulberry Grove 39
Cumberland 32, CHBC 28