Elverado completes 5-0 run to Crab Orchard Tournament title
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
November 24, 2018
(Marion, Ill.) - Elverado’s boys basketball team finished off a perfect 5-0 run through the Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament on Saturday, pounding Egyptian 57-36. The Falcons outscored the Pharoahs 22-11 in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Aquntez Penn, who reached the 1500-point mark for his career a night earlier against Joppa, led EHS with 23 points in the tournament finale.
“We had a good week,” said Falcons head coach Jacob Emling. “I can’t say enough about our boys and how they played all week. It was a team effort, all 12 guys played a role, accepted their role, and worked together. We played through some different types of adversity, and we didn’t pout when things always didn’t go our way. There are some good athletic teams in that tournament.”
The Falcons trailed 12-11 after one quarter of action on Saturday, but from then on, they were the dominant team on the floor. Seven Elverado players scored in the game with Sam Alstat joining Penn in double figures - and on the all-tournament team - with 10 points against Egyptian. Isaac Floyd (7 points), Trey Bernardini (6), Chase Buser (6), Tanner Shread (4) and Brody Trout (1) also scored in the win over Egyptian. Dawson White missed the game with a head injury suffered the previous day against Joppa, but is expected to return this week.
Elverado rode a 28-point performance by Penn in their 51-34 victory over Joppa on Friday, jumping to a 19-4 lead after only one quarter and never letting the Rangers pose a serious threat.
White (7 points), Alstat (6), Bernardini (3), Buser (3), Floyd (1) and Michael Shearer (3) provided the scoring behind Penn’s monster performance.
The 5-0 start for the Falcons is the best for the varsity boys basketball team in school history. They’ll look to add to their winning streak on Tuesday at Marissa.
“We know we still have things to improve on,” Emling said. “I’m excited to be able to get in the gym for a practice on Monday. We’ve got a list of things we want to work on to help us continue to improve. Our players deserve all the credit, what they have done to start the year is due to their efforts, hard work, and dedication. I’m proud of them.”