Bigger schools too much for Falcons at Duster Thomas Hoops Classic

Elverado's Aquntez Penn floats a shot over a Du Quoin defender during the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic. (Doug Daniels photo)

By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com

January 1, 2018

  (Pinckneyville, Ill.) - The Falcons came away from the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic this past Friday and Saturday without a win, but saw what was likely the best competition they'll face this entire regular season, something they hope will help them when Regional tournaments roll around in a couple months.
  “It was a rough tournament for us, you always go in wanting to win," said EHS head coach Jacob Emling. "I asked the kids at the end what do you want from this? We want to get better, and the competition we saw this weekend hopefully did that for us. We have to learn from it, and we will make adjustments this week in practice on what we see we need to work on from the films."
  Starting off the event on Friday morning against a school with an enrollment over 800, Elverado was overmatched in their 82-43 loss to Jerseyville. Sharpshooter Dawson White had five three-pointers and 17 total ponts for the Falcons, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Panthers had built a 47-20 lead by halftime.
  Aquntez Penn added 12 points for EHS, Sam Alstat had 7, Blaine Morse 5, and Isaac Floyd 2.

  Later on Friday night, the Falcons got the rare opportunity to take on Du Quoin, a school just eight miles from Elverado's home base in Elkville. EHS had trouble containing the Indians' 6'7 sophomore sensation, Lamontay Daughtery, as the big fellow grabbed 18 rebounds to help Du Quoin win the battle on the boards by a massive 42-22 margin.
  Still, the Falcons stuck around and made it somewhat interesting after going into halftime down 34-15. A third quarter rally closed the gap to 13, but the Indians had too much firepower and pulled away late for a 58-35 final score.
  Penn led Elverado with 15 points, White and Trey Bernardini each had 6, Avery Caraker had 3, Floyd and Kobe Manson 2 apiece, and Tanner Shread 1. Alstat led EHS in rebounding with 10.
  With an 0-2 mark in pool play, the Falcons entered the Bronze bracket on Saturday and first met up with Trico, falling 64-31. Elverado was right there at halftime down just 32-26, but absolutely fell apart after the break, scoring a mere 5 points in the final 16 minutes of action. Seventeen turnovers and a 32% shooting performance ultimately doomed any chance at a comeback.
  Penn had 9 points against the Pioneers, Floyd 6, White 5, Alstat 4, Caraker 3, and Bernardini and Shread each had 2.

  A poor first quarter performance prevented the Falcons from coming out of the tournament with a win against Roxana, as the Shells went up 21-9 and held on as Elverado chipped away, eventually finishing off EHS 60-55.
  Three Falcons finished the game with a dozen points apiece - Penn, Alstat and Bernardini. White added 8 points, Floyd 6, and Caraker had 5. Alstat was the rebounding leader with 11, giving him a double-double.
  "I’m proud of the kids, they battled hard the whole time and kept us in some ball games," Emling said. "I want to thank Pinckneyville for their hospitality this week, and all the Elverado fans who came out to support us, we were well represented.”
  The Falcons are back in action this Thursday night at home when they host Zeigler-Royalton.

2017 Duster Thomas Hoops Classic
@ Pinckneyville Community High School

December 29 & 30

Pool A: Pinckneyville, Olney, Roxana
Pool B: Benton, Cissna Park, Greenville
Pool C: Wesclin, Carterville, Trico
Pool D: Jerseyville, Du Quoin, Elverado

December 29:

Wesclin 68, Trico 43
Pinckneyville 61, Roxana 14
Cissna Park 58, Greenville 49
Jerseyville 82, Elverado 43
Olney 61, Roxana 44
Wesclin 44, Carterville 26
Du Quoin 49, Jerseyville 42
Benton 39, Cissna Park 38
Pinckneyville 66, Olney 54
Carterville 70, Trico 59
Benton 47, Greenville 32
Du Quoin 58, Elverado 35


December 30:

Bronze Pool
Greenville 44, Roxana 29
Trico 64, Elverado 31
11th Place: Roxana 60, Elverado 55
9th Place: Greenville 71, Trico 52

Silver Pool
Cissna Park 40, Olney 38
Jerseyville 65, Carterville 34
7th Place: Olney 42, Carterville 33
5th Place: Jerseyville 35, Cissna Park 23

Gold Pool
Benton 51, Pinckneyville 41
Wesclin 47, Du Quoin 44
3rd Place: Pinckneyville 72, Du Quoin 45
Championship: Benton 41, Wesclin 28

All-Tournament Team:
MVP - Parker Williams, Benton
Nate Brede, Wesclin
Brandon Courtney, Wesclin
Lamontay Daughtery, Du Quoin
Grant Jausel, Pinckneyville
Kyle Luke, Pinckneyville
Christian Stadeli, Cissna Park
Mick Stevens, Wesclin
Blake Wittman, Jerseyville
Gehrig Wynn, Benton

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