The Springville Tigers won the 28th annual Springville Christmas Classic this past weekend, beating the St. Clair County Saints 62-31 in the championship game. It marked the second consecutive year the Tigers have won the holiday tournament.
The Tigers are now 12-3 on the season.
SCCHS 51, Locust Fork 31
The Saints jumped out to a 19-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as they took the sting out of the Hornets 51-31 in the opening round of the tournament.
With the score 22-0, Locust Fork finally scored its first points with 5:57 remaining in the second quarter. The halftime score was 33-8.
The Hornets won the scoring battle in the second half 23-18.
Eight Saint players scored and leading the way was Jayce Fisher with 11 points, including three treys in the first half. Grayson Beatty pumped in nine points while Garrett Sanders was close behind with eight points. Quante Price contributed seven points and Noah Bruce added six points. Austin Heflin had five points and Micah Gilbert scored three. Javon Ousley finished the game with two points.
Springville 68, John Carroll 50
The Tigers picked up their 10th win of the season as they defeated John Carroll 68-50 in the first round of the Springville Christmas Classic.
Springville outscored the Cavaliers in each quarter as they were up 12-11 after one; 33-24 at halftime; and 51-39 after three quarters.
Springville’s shooting was at its best as the Tigers hit 57 percent of their shots and were 20-of-24 from the free throw line.
Three Tiger players scored in double figures and leading the way was Chase Isbell with 20 points. Max Harrison added 16 points while Brandon Daniels netted 14 points. Austin Hutcheson chipped in eight points and Hudson Kersh totaled four points. Jacob Bickerstaff, Cole Clark and Dave Phillips all scored two points each.
SCCHS 41, Lincoln, Tenn., 38
Noah Bruce drained a trey with a minute left in the game to break a 38-38 tie and give the Saints a hard-fought 41-38 victory over Lincoln.
The Saints led 11-9 after the first quarter, but trailed 26-20 at intermission.
St. Clair won the scoring battle in the third period 12-9 to close the deficit to 35-32. The Saint defense held Lincoln to just one field goal (a 3-pointer) in the final eight minutes while they scored nine points, including Bruce’s game-winning trey as the Saints pulled out the victory.
Leading the Saints were Bruce, Sanders, Beatty and Ousley with eight points each. Fisher netted five points while Austin Heflin and Price added two points each.
Springville 75, Cornerstone 67
The Tigers used a 23-13 fourth-quarter run to defeat Cornerstone 75-67.
Cornerstone was on top 17-14 after the first quarter and maintained a 37-34 halftime lead. The Tigers closed the gap to 54-52 after three quarters of play.
Cornerstone committed 26 fouls and the Tigers took advantage by hitting 16-of-28 free throws.
Four Springville players scored in double figures and leading the way was Isbell with 22 points. Hutcheson pumped in 16 points while Trevor Hurst and Harrison added 15 points each. Jacob Bickerstaff added five points while Daniels scored two.
Springville 62, SCCHS 31
In the championship game, Springville got off to a quick start as they held a double-digit lead after one quarter and went on to double up the Saints 62-31.
The Tigers led 18-8 after the first quarter and took a 30-15 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half was basically a mirror of the first half as Springville won the scoring battle 32-16.
Leading the Tigers was Hutcheson with 16 points. Isbell added 13 points while Daniels scored eight points. Harrison contributed seven points while Kersh totaled five points. Phillips netted four points while Hurst had three points. Bickerstaff, Clark and Casey Tittle scored two points each.
Leading the Saints was Fisher with 15 points. Beatty added 10 points while Bruce had four points. Sanders and Heflin finished the game with one point each.
Springville’s Chase Isbell was named tournament MVP.
Listed below are games played by Springville prior to the Christmas tournament.
Mortimer Jordan 48, Springville 43
The Tigers lost to the Blue Devils 48-43. Mortimer Jordan led 9-8 after the first quarter and increased the lead to 26-17 by halftime. The Blue Devils held on for the 48-43 win.
Leading Springville were Kersh and Isbell with nine points each. Hurst added eight points while Harrison totaled six points. Daniels scored five points while Phillips netted two points.
Springville 50, Corner 40
A 17-6 run by Springville in the second quarter was the difference in the game as the Tigers defeated Corner 50-40.
Three Springville players scored in double figures with Hurst leading the way with 15 points. Harrison and Isbell scored 11 points each while Hutcheson and Daniels added six points each. Bickerstaff finished the game with one point.
Springville 58, Piedmont 30
The Tigers jumped out to a 19-3 lead against Piedmont and never looked back, beating the Bulldogs 58-30. Springville outscored Piedmont 27-16 in the second half.
Harrison had the game of a lifetime as he pumped in 27 points. He was 11-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-11 from beyond the arc. Kersh added nine points while Isbell chipped in six points. Aaron Byars and Bickerstaff netted four points each while Phillips, Clark, Hutcheson and Daniels all scored two points each.
Springville 56, Elkmont 47
At the Hokes Bluff Christmas Tournament, the Tigers defeated Elkmont 56-47. Springville took a 20-4 lead after the first quarter, and made it stand throughout the rest of the game.
Harrison led Springville with 22 points followed by 16 points by Isbell. Hurst added five points while Kersh, Daniels and Hutcheson all scored three points each.
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