Falcons fall to Johnston City in OT, finish second at Egyptian Tourney
Video highlights from the Falcons' win over Lovejoy at the Egyptian Mid-Winter Tournament. (Video by Doug Daniels)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
February 4, 2019
(Tamms, Ill.) - A tough overtime loss to Johnston City was all that separated Elverado from a championship at the 2019 Egyptian Mid-Winter Boys Basketball Tournament, as the Falcons dropped the make-up finale of the event on February 4, 57-55.
The Indians and Falcons were set to meet several weeks prior in January for the first place trophy, but a winter storm forced the game's postponement.
A four-point second quarter cost EHS a chance to build on an early lead, and the two teams ended up tied at the end of every quarter except the first. In the OT, Aquntez Penn's two free throws were all the offense the Falcons could manage. Johnston City put in two buckets to steal the victory, and the championship trophy, despite four Elverado players finishing in double figures.
Dawson White led the Falcons with 17 points, Penn added 15, Isaac Floyd 12 and Sam Alstat 11. EHS was without regular starter Trey Bernardini and key reserve Michael Shearer, both out with an ankle injuries.
White and Penn were both named to the All-Tournament Team for EHS.
The tournament began back on January 15 with the Falcons defeating Lovejoy 62-57 behind Penn's 23 points. Floyd chipped in 11 points, White added 10, Alstat 9, Brody Troutt 4, Bernardini 3, and Tanner Shread 2.
EHS then cruised past Century on January 17, 65-35, to improve to 2-0 at Egyptian. Penn torched the opposition for 28 points and was joined in double figures by White (16) and Troutt (11). Alstat and Floyd each added 5 points.
Dongola was next to go down at the hands of Elverado, 68-43 on January 18. Alstat scored a season-high 20 points to lead EHS, Penn had 19, White 16, Floyd and Troutt each finished with 6, and Shread had 1.
The Falcons then dismissed the tournament host in the morning session on January 19, defeating Egyptian 57-46. It was White's turn to lead the scoring with 21 points, followed by Penn (14), Alstat (8), Floyd (6), Troutt (4) and Shread (2).
Photos by Doug Daniels / ElveradoSports.com