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Hall finishes fifth at Seneca

Hall finished out the Seneca Thanksgiving Tournament by defeating Reed-Custer 83-74 to take fifth place.

The Red Devils jumped out to a 22-13 first-quarter lead and held a 45-33 lead at the break. R-C closed the gap to 58-55 by the end of the third quarter before Hall closed out the win, making 10 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Collin Aimone and Miguel Villareal each tallied 19 points to lead Hall scorers. Hall also got 15 from A.J. Gaeta and 12 from Ian Trevier.

Mendota edged Illiana Christian 65-64 to capture the championship. James Carroll led the Trojans (3-1) with 27 points, including 10 in the pivotal fourth quarter in which the Trojans outscored IC 29-11 after trailing 53-36 at the end of the third.

“The message was play Mendota basketball for 32 minutes,” Mendota coach Jan Thompson said. “The loss (Friday) to Somonauk really motivated the team.”

Mark Prescott added 13 points, and Ryan Reeder had 12.

Hall lost to former Hall coach Russ Witte’s Seneca Irish 60-52 on Friday. For Hall, Villareal had 13 points, Trevier 11 and Gaeta 10.

Hall’s Gaeta was named to the all-tournament team along with Mendota’s Carroll and Prescott.

The Hall sophomores beat Reed-Custer 65-53 to take fifth place in their tournament finals at Seneca.

At Wethersfield: Putnam County rallied from a 44-39 deficit to tie up Bureau Valley at 68 at the end of regulation in tournament play of the Wally Keller Invitational. The Panthers then outscored the Storm 15-4 in overtime to clinch the championship at 5-0 with a 73-62 win.

Parker Neuhalfen scored 17 points to pace the Storm (3-2) with Ryan Young adding 12 points and Alex Johnson and Tommy Johnston adding 10 points each.

“It was a good learning experience for the Storm, coach Jason Marquis said.

“It was a good effort by our kids. We faced some various forms of adversity, especially in the second half and just didn’t quite get it done,” he said. “It’s proof to our team that we have a need to get better, and with the character of the 15 young men we have in that locker room, I’m confident they’ll get better.

Harold Fay scored 24 points for Putnam County on the way to sharing MVP honors for the tournament.

BV finished at 3-2 for the tournament.

At Oregon: Jarret Olson hit a game-winning three-point shot with one second left to lift St. Bede to a 63-62 win over Kewanee Saturday to claim third place in the Oregon Tip-Off Classic.

Jack Brady led the Bruins with 21 points. Olson, who was named to the all-tournament team, added 15 points and Sam Halm had 12.

Earlier in the day, the Bruins (3-1) fell to Sterling Newman 43-36 in semifinal play. Olson led the Bruins with 16 points, and Brady added 12.

John Payan hit five 3-pointers and led Newman with 17 points. A.J. Sharp, fresh off quarterbacking the Comets to the Class 2A state football championship on Friday, added eight points, and Noah McCarty chipped in seven.

Newman beat Genoa-Kingston 59-55 to take the championship.

On Friday, St. Bede downed Byron 67-55 behind Olson (22 points, 5 threes) and Halm (19).

At Ashton: Brandon Morris scored 13 points and Jeffry Delong 12 to lead LaMoille/Ohio to a 42-27 win over neighbor Amboy in the final night of the AFC Thanksgiving Tournament.

Jordan Ernst scored seven points to lead Amboy (1-3). Skylar Wheeler added six.

The Lions lost to AFC 73-68 on Friday. Anthony Lovgren had 11 points, DeLong 10 and Josh Gross nine.

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