2017 Game 16 Recap:  West Hancock vs. Brown County

Box Score

West Hancock Team Info
Brown County Team Info


A 37-25 rebounding advantage propelled the West Hancock Titans past the Brown County Hornets 47-41 in the nightcap of quarterfinal action of the Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament. The Titans earn their third semifinal appearance in 10 years of competition since the West Hancock co-op began play in 2008.

West Hancock (13-0) never trailed in the game, scoring the first six points en route to a 11-4 lead after the first quarter. Thing got worse before the got better for Brown County (8-2). The Titans made four of their first six shots in the second quarter to increase their lead to 19-5.

Tanner Sussenbach and Darian Drake finally gave the Hornets and their fans some hope, combining for eight points in the final four minutes of the first half to pull Brown County to within 21-13 at intermission.

Somehow, despite shooting 21 percent (5-for-21) in the first half against the No. 1 seed, the Hornets were still in the game. Twice in the third quarter Brown County trimmed the deficit to five before Sussenbach followed his own miss with a put-back lay up to make the score 28-25 with just under two minutes left in the third.

It took 28 minutes of play, but Jonah Farve hit the first, and only three-pointer of the game in the corner off a feed from Sussenbach with 2:51 remaining in the game to again bring Brown County within three at 37-34.

Disaster struck for the Hornets on the next possession as Logan Dorethy of West Hancock put back his own miss and was fouled on the play. He missed the foul shot, but Drake Hammel grabbed the offensive rebound and hit Dorethy for another bucket to push the lead back to 41-34.

The Hornets again showed their heart and determination, fighting back against the clock to close within two points on two separate occasions. Both times, however, Hammel responded on the other end with two points to deny Brown County a chance to tie or take the lead.

Sussenbach saved 10 of his team-high 18 points for the fourth quarter, in addition to his 15 rebounds. Farve and Drake scored nine and eight points respectively.

Dorethy tallied 20 points and 13 boards to lead West Hancock. Hammel scored 11. The teams combined to shoot just 1-for-21 from behind the arc.

West Hancock will take on No. 4 seed Illini Bluffs in the semifinals at 2:30 pm Saturday. Brown County will play Macomb at 10:30 am.

Brian Sullivan
December 29, 2017
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