Rockridge defeats Pittsfield in Championship, 50-48   December 30, 2015
Rockridge 3-Peats
It was a scene from a movie here at Western Hall for game 26 of the 70th annual Macomb Western Holiday Tournament. Pittsfield, the #4 seed, entered the game off of a solid win against Liberty. While Rockridge, seeded first, came into the contest off of a victory over Monmouth-Roseville. The Rockets, looking to 3-peat, kept the pressure on and the intensity sky-high levels throughout. They would eventually emerge the champion, defeating Pittsfield 50-48.

Looking at the stat line of the game, the teams were almost identical. [Stats listed with Rockridge first] Rebounds: 24 to 23. FG Percentage: 39.4 to 38.1 Turnovers: 14 to 13. Assists: 5 to 6. Free throw percentage: 64.3 to 70.6 Standing out for Rockridge was 6 blocks to Pittsfield's 0. Carson Frakes came up with 4 of those 6. This, however, is countered by the 6 steals from Pittsfield that Rockridge only had one of.

The Rockets also had 18 made freethrows to the Saukee 12. Rockridge was lights out from beyond the arc, or should I say, Gentry Whiteman was lights out. He hit all 6 of his teams 3 balls, 12 were attempted.

Pittsfield did a fantastic job on transitioning as well as finding open passing lanes and utilizing the bounce pass.

Both team's superb defensive efforts in the first half made it tough to get shots off until the 3rd quarter of play.

Gentry Whiteman had 28 points in the win, 18 from the long range shot and 6 from the stripe. He was also able to rip down 4 rebounds defensively.
TJ Martens had 9 points and Carson Frakes had 11 rebounds.

Pittsfield's Quinn Leahy had 16 points, Noah Mendenhall had 11, and Korbyn Personett had 8 rebounds and added 5 to his team's score.

Thank you all for following the 70th annual Macomb Western Holiday Basketball tournament. The best news from tonight: only 361 days until December 26th, 2016. We will see you next year.

--Brady Smith
The bracket:
A larger version of the bracket can be found on the tournament website by visiting this page.

 
Game 26 boxscore:
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