Falcons 3-1 heading into final day of Egyptian Mid-Winter Tournament
Aquntez Penn became the all-time leading scorer of the Egyptian Mid-Winter Tournament and still has one game left to play on Monday. (Doug Daniels file photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
January 25, 2018
(Tamms, Ill.) - After losing to Lovejoy on day one of the Egyptian Mid-Winter Tournament on January 19, the Falcons have rattled off three straight wins and sit at 3-1 at the event, which has endured two schedule changes due to weather.
Elverado will resume actioin at Egyptian on Monday against Century, and a victory assures them of no worse than second place. Lovejoy remains unbeaten at the tournament and controls their own destiny against Egyptian in the finale.
“We have played well in the tournament so far," said EHS head coach Jacob Emling. "I think what we are doing on defense is making a huge difference. That kids are making it hard to score, playing better help side, and getting on the glass. On top of that we have been moving the ball well and attacking he rim on the offensive end."
The Falcons fell behind early against Lovejoy last Friday - 20-9 through one quarter of action - and were never able to erase the deficit, falling 77-65. The loss spoiled a monster game by Aquntez Penn, who absolutely erupted for 37 points to lead EHS. Isaac Floyd finished with 11 points, Sam Alstat and Dawson White each had 6, Avery Caraker 4 and Michael Shearer 1.
On Saturday, the Falcons bounced back against the tournament host Pharaohs, 53-47, storming back from a 7-point halftime hole with a 12-1 third quarter to seize the lead. Penn was hot again, particularly in the second half where he scored 22 of his game-high 29 points. Floyd added 9 points, White 8, Trey Bernardini 3, and Caraker and Shearer each had 2.
In Saturday's second session, the Falcons jumped on Joppa 11-4 in the first quarter on their way to a 53-40 win. Penn's 25 points led the way, and White joined him in double figures with 14. Floyd had 6 points, Bernardini 4, and Alstat and Blaine Morse both finished with 2.
An 18-9 second quarter helped the Falcons to their third straight win at the tournament on Monday, 61-56 over Johnston City. Penn topped 30 points for the second time at the tourney, scoring 32 to lead Elverado. White had 16, Floyd and Alstat each scored 5, Bernardini 2 and Caraker 1.
"Lovejoy was a solid athletic team, after that the boys did a good job of making adjustments on the fly with no days to practice between our next three games," Emling said. "Johnston City was a good win for us to to start the week and now we look forward to some rest to get our legs back before hosting Shawnee Friday, and then wrapping up the tournament on Monday.”
Penn became the Egyptian Mid-Winter Tournament's all-time leading scorer, both for a career and for a single tournament, despite having one more game to go. He's all but a lock for the All-Tournament Team, which will be selected on Monday.
The Falcons host Shawnee this Friday night before heading back to Egyptian on Monday.