Falcons defeat Dogola, Pope County at Crab Orchard Tourney

By Doug Daniels

1351sports.com / elveradosports.com

November 21, 2018

  (Marion, Ill.) - Elverado improved to 3-0 both on the season and at the Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament with wins over Dongola on Tuesday and Pope County on Wednesday. They will face Joppa on Friday and Egyptian on Saturday - both games at 4 p.m. - in hopes of wrapping up a 5-0 championship at the event.

  On Tuesday, the Falcons put three players in double figures for the second game in a row as they prevailed over Dongola 59-53. Aquntez Penn led all scorers with 26 points and Sam Alstat and Dawson White each added 13. Trey Bernardini had 5 points, and Brody Troutt and Isaac Floyd both finished with 1.

  “Tonight was a sloppier game for us,” said EHS head coach Jacob Emling. “We got ourselves into some foul trouble and didn’t play near as well defensively. It forced us to play through some adversity, which we handled pretty well for the most part.”

  “The last two games we have done a great job of controlling the ball with a lead at the end of games. We have to continue to improve though, as coaches we are making a list of things we have to work on once we get back in the gym for a practice. Overall I’m proud of my guys for their start.”

  Elverado then rode a hot start against Pope County, outscoring them 18-9 in the opening quarter on their way to a 52-45 victory. This time, four Falcons were in double figures in the scoring column, again led by Penn who had 17, leaving him just 7 points shy of the 1500-point mark for his career.

  “The boys made good defensive adjustments in the second half tonight to help us hold on for the win,” Emling said. “We still have to make more free throws down the stretch, that will make things a little easier on us in these close games. We are happy with where we are sitting, but know we have things to improve on. It will be good to get a day of rest as we gear up for the last two games of the tournament.” 

  Floyd finished with 12 points against Pope County, White had 11, Alstat 10 and Bernardini 2.

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