The Crocker Lions spent part of the holiday break in the Cabool Holiday Tournament. The tournament started off rough for the Crocker Lions, but they won the next three games and brought home some hardware.
Crocker’s Ethyn Boorom was selected to the All Cabool Holiday Tournament Team.
Head Crocker Lions Boys Basketball Coach Phillip Gambill said, after the tournament, “The Cabool Tournament is always a great tournament. It’s long travel, but worth it in the long run. We went 3-1 for the second year in a row. I was proud of our guys persevering through the grind of 4 games in 4 Days traveling 180 miles per day. We get to see teams we don’t see all season (outside of Licking and Plato). I thought we played better as the tournament progressed. By the last game, I thought we were playing our best basketball of the tournament on both ends of the basketball.”
Crocker Lion vs Winona Wildcats - Opening Round
The first opponent of the tournament was the Winona Wildcats. Winona took an early lead in the game and outscored the Lions 14-9 after one period. Both teams scored more points in the second period, but the Lions were unable to control the Wildcats. Winona outscored the Crocker shooters 23-14 in the period. Winona Led Crocker 37-23 going into halftime.
Both teams came out strong in the third quarter as the Wildcats were able to stay on top 22-21 in the period. Winona led 59-44 after three periods. The fourth quarter was another strong one for the Winona WIldcats as they outscored Crocker 22-9. Winona won the game 81-53.
The Crocker Lions were led by Ethyn Boorom with 19 points in the tough game. Logan Wright added 10 points in the game. Nathaniel Combs scored eight points. Adam Shockley and Ethan Gann both scored seven points in the game. Dillion Porter and Brian Booron both added two points of their own.
The Winona Wildcats were led by Dylan Teague with 18 points in the win. Stoney redman added 17 points in the game. Logan Baker was third in scoring with his 16 points in the game. Mark McBride added 13 points in the tough game. Chris Saudoval and Breden Simpson both added eight points in the game.
Crocker Lions vs Norwood Pirates - First Round (Consultation)
The Crocker Lions began the consolation round of the tournament against a very strong Norwood Pirates team. It took overtime to decide the winner.
Crocker came out to an early lead and outscored the Pirates 16-14 in the first period. The Lions came out strong again in the second quarter as they once again outscored the pirates. This time it was 23-15 in the period. Crocker took a 39-29 point lead going into the half.
Norwood had a strong third quarter as they outscored the Lions 18-10 in the third period. Crocker still led 49-47 after the quarter. The Pirates were able to get a two point advantage in the final quarter of regulation. Norwood outscored Crocker 20-18 in the period. The Pirates were able to get the game tied at the end of regulation.
With the top scores fouled out of the game, Crocker was able make their free throws and outscore the Pirates 11-6 in overtime.
Head Coach Gambill said this after the overtime win, “I was most happy with how we responded after losing our opening round game to Winona. Our guys came out with something to prove after the first game. I was proud of them.”
The Crocker Lions were led by Ethyn Boorom with 27 points in the strong win. Adam Shockley was just behind him with 17 points. Logan Wright added 13 in the game. Nathaniel Combs added eight points while Brian Boorom scored seven. Dillion Porter scored four and Cameron Bryant made two free throws.
The Norwood Pirates were led in scoring by Hunter Gray with his 31 points. Mason Sawyers scored 15 in the tough loss. Both Riley Vaugan and Heston Gray scored nine points in the game. Owen Buttum score eight points and Seth Beadsaw scored a free throw.
Crocker Lions vs Cabool Bulldogs - Semi-Final Round (Consultation)
The Crocker Lions had another tough game as they played against the Host Cabool Bulldogs.
The Lions took a 20-15 lead after the first quarter of the game. Crocker continued the second quarter with another 20-13 period. The Lions had a 40-28 lead going into halftime of the game.
The Cabool Bulldogs came out strong in the third period as they outscored the Lions 23-18. The Lions held onto a 58-51 lead after three periods of play. The Bulldogs outscored Crocker in the four quarter but were unable to overcome the gap. Crocker won the game 73-69 to earn them a sport in the Championship game.
The Lions were in in scoring by Ethyn Boorom for a third game in a row. Adam Shockley was second in scoring again with fifteen points in the win. Both Brian Boorom and Nathaniel Combs scored elven points. Dillion Porter added four points for the Lions.
The Cabool Bulldogs were led by Brett VonAllmen with twenty seven points. Titus Atkins scored twenty points in the game. Jordan Primanzon added twelve points of his own. DJ Krambeck scored six in the game. Saxton Green and Chayton Reese both scored two in the tough game.
Crocker Lions vs Houston Tigers - Consolation Championship Game
The Crocker Lions played against the Houston Tigers for their Consolation Trophy.
The Lions came out strong and took and 18-11 point lead. The Lions did not slow down during the second period as they outscored the Tigers 13-7. Crocker went into the first half with a 31-18 lead.
The Houston Tigers came out strong in the third quarter as they outscored the Lions 17-13. Crocker held on to a 44-35 lead after three periods. The Lions outscored Houston in during the fourth quarter 19-11. The Crocker Lions won the game 63-46 and won the Consolation Trophy of the Holiday Tournament.
Head Basketball Coach Gambill said this after the game, “We had some guys step up big on both ends of the floor. We have experience, which plays big in big games. I was proud of our guys for coming out and getting the job done over the course of the tournament.”
The Lions were led in scoring by Ethyn Boorom with twenty points in the big win. Both Adam Shockley and Nathaniel Combs scored twelve points. Logan Wright added nine in the game. Ethan Gan and Dillion Porter scored four points. Brian Boorom scored two points in the championship win.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Michael Zamaron with fourteen points. Calyton Moore scored twelve points in the game. Ty McCloud scored six points while Kyler Ransey added five points. Nick Zamarron, Paydon Dixon, and Dakota Burchett also scored for the Houston Tigers.