Illini Bluffs Team Info
West Hancock Team Info
The West Hancock Titans advanced to their
first-ever Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament title game, pulling
away from the Illini Bluffs Tigers in the fourth quarter for a
69-49 victory. The top-seeded Titans also remained the unbeaten
on the season, running their record to a perfect 14-0.
The opening frame boiled down to an old
fashioned duel between Illini Bluffs’ Cam Scott and West
Hancock’s Drake Hammel. Scott scored 12 points in the first
quarter, helping IB to a quick 11-6 lead. Hammel was on fire as
well, draining his first five field goal attempts en route to 11
first quarter points. Fittingly, the quarter ended in a draw at
West Hancock would score the next six
points and led the rest of the way. After a quiet start, Logan
Dorethy tallied eight points in the second quarter to provide a
boost in the interior for the Titans. West Hancock build a lead
as high as nine before settling for a 26-20 edge at
Dorethy scored six points in the opening
two minutes of the second half during a 10-3 West Hancock run to
push the lead up to 36-23. Scott would fire back for Illini
Bluffs (8-4), recording 11 points in the quarter to get the
Tigers within six at the four minute mark of the third quarter.
But the Titans were not going to be
denied as they shot 59 percent in the second half and 57 percent
for the game. West Hancock scored 43 points after halftime, and
posted the highest point total by a team in 22 games played so
far in the tournament this year.
Scott exploded for 33 points in the game,
the most by a player in the tournament this year. He was
4-for-11 from long range, but the rest of the Tigers misfired on
all 10 attempts from long distance. Braden Cox grabbed 11
rebounds in addition to his eight points and five steals. Illini
Bluffs will play Central in the third place game at 8:00 pm.
Logan Dorethy led the Titans with 26
points and 13 rebounds. Hammel finished with 17 points and four
assists. Riley Langford (11) and Peyton Dooley (10) also reached
double figures in points. West Hancock played the game without
head coach Reno Pinkston, who is away at his son’s wedding.
The championship game will be a re-match
of sorts. Warsaw, which is part of the
Hamilton/Warsaw/Nauvoo-Colusa co-op now called West Hancock,
topped Abingdon, now a part of the Abingdon-Avon consolidation,
66-47 that year in the title game. It was the last of two
tournament titles for Warsaw. Hamilton last made the
championship game in 1992, losing to Metamora 84-73.
December 30, 2017