Falcons finish second at Egyptian Mid-Winter Tournament; Penn named MVP
The Falcons pose with their second place plaque at Egyptian; Aquntez Penn was named Tournament MVP. (Submitted Photos)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
January 27, 2018
(Tamms, Ill.) - The Falcons finished off the Egyptian Mid-Winter Tournament on Monday night with a 66-58 victory over Century, giving Elverado second place in the tournament. Junior Aquntez Penn continued a historic run through the field with a career-high 46-point performance that cemented him as tournament MVP.
Penn rewrote the history books of the Egyptian Mid-Winter Tournament throughout the event, and now owns 11 of the 15 individual scoring records including most points in a career, most points in a single tournament, most points in a single game (he owns the top four), as well as several others.
Fellow Falcon Dawson White was an All-Tournament snub, but finished the event off with a 17-point game and the tournament record for best free throw percentage for a career.
“We finished the tournament strong and on a positive note," said EHS head coach Jacob Emling. "Century has an athletic team and a special player in Marcus Davis. We had a hard time containing him in the first three quarters. Ultimately, we got the stops at the end when we needed them most, and made our free throws down the stretch. Now we have to gear up for a good Meridian team on Friday. That’s one we have to get to stay alive in the conference.”
The game was tied at 26-26 at halftime, and the Falcons were clinging to a two-point lead heading into the fourth quarter where Penn scored 15 of Elverado's 20 points for the period. He had two three-pointers in the final eight minutes, and White added a third, and the two combined to go 7-for-8 at the free throw line down the stretch.
Penn and White were the only Falcons to score in the second half of the ball game. Isaac Floyd had 2 points for the game and Trey Bernardini had 1.
Elverado gets a big test on Friday night when they travel to Meridian to meet the Bobcats.