MARSEILLES — The Dwight Trojans and their own schedule took a toll on the Hall Red Devils Monday night on the final night of the Marseilles Holiday Tournament.
Ian Trevier hit a three-pointer to open the game, but Dwight led the rest of the way en route to 75-54 win to capture the third-place hardware. The game marked the eighth game in 14 nights for the Red Devils coming off the heels of capturing their own Colmone Classic championship on Dec. 21.
“We went 6-2 in that stretch, but the problem was the last two kind of stunk,” Hall coach Mike Filippini said. “Most teams probably didn’t play in a tournament before this one, but that’s no excuse for the way we played the last two nights. We got physically beat both nights. That was the biggest thing.
“The first quarter Saturday we played really well, we were leading Putnam County. Since then, we’ve played seven bad quarters. There’s no sugar coating it. That’s what we told them in there. We’re trying to say something positive. We’re still 8-6, we get time off, but the other thing is we play Friday.”
Miguel Villareal scored on a breakaway to start the second quarter and pull Hall within 9-8. The Trojans used a 16-6 run to open up a 27-14 lead.
Collin Aimone converted a three-point play from the free throw line with a 37.7 remaining in the first half and 3 scored off a steal to enable the Red Devils to cut a 12-point deficit to seven at 30-23.
Dwight got the last basket of the half to take a 33-23 lead into the half and outscored the Red Devils 16-8 to start the third quarter, taking a 49-31 lead.
Hall managed to cut a 22-point deficit (64-42) to 16 (64-48) on a basket by Trevier and a a hoop and two free throws by Villareal, but got no closer.
“We’re not losing because of effort. We played as hard that game as they’ve played any all year,” Filippini said. “Dwight’s got three big strong kids and they just pushed us around and beat us up down there. We tried to box out and they gave us a little push and got the rebound and we can’t finish at the hoop. If you play a team physically stronger than you, you better shoot the ball well if you plan on beating them.”
Trevier and Villareal each scored 16 points to lead the Red Devils in defeat.
Hall (8-6) will take just three nights off before returning to action Friday at Marquette, which earlier Monday defeated Reed-Custer 94-78 to take fifth place at Marseilles.
• Notes: Tournament host Marseilles Elementary School was flooded out by the nearby Illinois River last spring, sustaining nearly $6 million in damage. The gym floor was completely ruined and redone in August. ... Dwight was coachd by Eric Long, who formerly coached at Marseilles champion Kewanee. ... Former IVCC women’s coach Pat Cinotte was on the WLPO broadcast team for Monday’s championship game between Putnam County and Kewanee. His son, Ryan, is a junior member of the Hall Red Devils.