Battling until the end, the Spring Hill Broncos captured second place in their annual invitational tournament Jan. 18-21.
Spring Hill turned back Metro Academy 57-47 in the semi-final, Jan. 20 before falling to the Sabres of Sumner Academy, 81-42 in the championship tilt.
“Overall, I thought we played pretty well in the tourney,” said Coach Rick O’Neil. “The kids are making improvements and look ready for the stretch drive of the season.”
O’Neil said he liked the way his Broncos played in a 10-point win versus Metro.
Spring Hill trailed 15-12 after one quarter but took control with 20 second-half points. Brady Donahue led the way with seven points in the quarter and Eric Kahn added four points.
Up 32-20 at halftime, Spring Hill tacked on 25 second-half points and held on for victory.
Statistically, Spring Hill connected on 42 percent of its field goals and sank 22 of 33 from the charity stripe. Its pressure defense forced 26 Metro turnovers and limited the Warriors to just 31 percent field goal shooting.
Meanwhile, Eric Kahn led the offense with 13 points while Brady Donahue added 11 points. Derek Bybee had nine points; Austin Miller and Robbie Sharemet, eight; Zach Pickett, four; and Niles Kahn and Dylan Shafer, two points.
Things proved a bit more difficult in an 81-42 championship loss to Sumner Academy, Jan. 21.
Sumner, which shot 69 per cent from the field, jumped out to a 23-8 first-quarter lead and went up 50-14 by halftime. The Sabres secured the title with 31 second-half points.
“Sumner shot the ball real well and got up and down the court,” O’Neil added.
Despite the loss, Spring Hill got 10 points from Donahue and six apiece from Miller, Bybee and Pickett. Niles Kahn had four; Eric Kahn, three; and Matt Smith, Kainon Clarke and Shafer, two points.
At the tourney’s completion, Spring Hill placed Eric Kahn and Donahue on the All-Tournament team.
Now 5-5, 1-3 in the Frontier League, Spring Hill hosts Olathe Northwest Jan. 24 before resuming league play at Louisburg, Jan. 28.