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Posted 8 months ago

By John Axtell

Basketball Holiday TournamentThe third time proved to be the charm for the Chadron High School boys as they defeated Valentine 51-39 on Saturday to win the 3rd annual Chadron Rotary – George Watson Holiday Basketball Tournament.

The Badgers had beaten the Cardinals in the title game the two previous years, but Chadron led start to finish this time to improve their record to 8-2 while Valentine fell to 3-5.

Buffalo, Wyo, beat Hemingford 58-45 in the third-place game.

Chadron pushed a 12-9 first quarter lead to a 27-18 margin at the half, then moved to the lead to 17 in the third quarter. Valentine rallied to cut the deficit to 5, but the Cardinals had the lead back to 12 at 42-29 going into the final period.

6-8 Spencer Eliason, held to 12 points and 6 rebounds in Friday’s win over Buffalo, Wyo, had game highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds againt Valentine. Vonsinh Sayaloune, who blunted the Badgers’ efforts to cut the margin in the fourth quarter with a pair of treys, added 13 for the Cardinals.

6-7 Quin Conner led Valentine with 21, but Brooks Coleman…who scorched Hemingford for 28 in the opening round…was held to just 7

In the third place game, Buffalo broke open a tight game by outscoring the Bobcats 21-10 in the third period and wasn’t seriously challenged down the stretch. Buffalo put 3 players in double figures in scoring: Trey Schroefel with 13, Hamp Gunderson 12, and Taylor Hepp 11.

Matthew Wood led Hemingford with 16 points, including 9-11 at the free throw line.

Third Place

Buffalo 58, Hemingford 45

Buffalo—Trey Schroefel 13, Hamp Gunderson 12, Taylor Hepp 11, Kyle Boone 9, Javin Paoli 5, Isaiah Kiefer 4, Mitch Wilcox 2, Alex Kiefer 2. Totals: 19 (3) 17-23 58 points.

Hemingford—Matt Wood 16, Colt Foster 9, Blake Hansen 6, Tanner Berge 6, Johnny Manning 3, Kyle Kaman 3, Brady Turek 2. Totals; 14 (3) 14-19 45 points.

Buffalo             9              8             21           20        —-58

Hemingford    7             12             10          16        —-45

3-pointers: Buff—Boone 2, Schroefel 1. Hem—Wood, Kaman, Manning, all 1.

Championship

Chadron 51, Valentine 39

Chadron—Spencer Eliason 24, Vonsinh Sayaloune 13, Jake Danielson 5, T.D. Stein 4, Matt Cerny 3, Keenan Johnson 2. Totals: 18 (3) 12-17 51 points.

Valentine—Quin Conner 21, Brooks Coleman 7, Klayton Honeycutt 4, Reece Weber 3, Cameron Bancroft 2, Quincy Eggleston 2. Totals: 16 (3) 4-6 39 points.

Chadron          12        15         15          9       —-51

Valentine          9           9          11        10      —-39

3-pointers: Chad—Sayaloune 2, Danielson 1. Val—Conner 2, Weber 1.