Falcons go 1-3 at Hoops Classic, Penn makes All-Tourney Team
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
December 29, 2018
(Pinckneyville, Ill.) - After going winless at the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic in 2017, Elverado got the monkey off their back with a victory over Trico at the 2018 holiday tournament in Pinckneyville, and were competitive in all four of their games, including a first-round loss to then-top-ranked Cissna Park.
“I thought we played well in the tournament,” said head coach Jacob Emling. “We saw some good competition, the best of the year. We are going to use this tournament to make ourselves better. I’m proud of the way we competed. It’s been nice now to have some days off, rest up, and get some things done in practice to prepare for the second half of our season.”
The Falcons started the tournament on Thursday, December 27, lined up with the top-ranked team in Class 1A, Cissna Park. Elverado stayed within striking distance for most of the matchup before falling 67-52. Aquntez Penn led EHS with 27 points in the loss, Dawson White added 10, Isaac Floyd 9, Sam Alstat 4 and Trey Bernardini 2.
The Falcons then took Chester down to the wire in the first round of the consolation bracket, but wound up on the losing end of a 53-48 final. Penn was hot again with 21 points, White added 17, Bernardini 6 (all in the first quarter) and Floyd 4.
Elverado got their first win in their brief two-year history at the DTHC on Saturday morning with a 53-40 victory over Trico where Penn poured in 20+ for the third straight game, finishing with 21. Alstat was also in double figures with 11, followed by Floyd (7), White (6), Bernardini (4), Brody Troutt (2), Michael Shearer (1) and Trevor Pierson (1).
EHS didn’t have enough gas in the tank against Roxana later that day, falling 53-37 to the Shells. Penn had 14 points for Elverado, Bernardini 8, Chase Buser 7, White 6, Shearer 2.
Penn’s 83 points earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team, and would have been a new Duster Thomas Hoops Classic tournament record if not for Union County’s Kale Gathier finishing with 91 points.
Photos by Doug Daniels / ElveradoSports.com