Falcons tie for second at Crab Orchard Tourney
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
November 30, 2019
(Marion, Ill.) - Elverado finished their season-opening tournament at Crab Orchard with a 3-2 mark, good for a tie for second place along with Pope County and Egyptian. The tournament host Trojans won the event with a perfect 5-0 mark.
The Falcons and Trojans faced off on day one, with Crab trouncing EHS 65-29. Sam Alstat’s 12 points led the way for Elverado, followed by Tanner Shread and Brody Troutt each with 6 points, and Dawson White with 5.
Elverado got a chance to bounce back on. November 26 with a dominant 63-38 win over Joppa white White (23) and Alstat (21) both topping 20 points on the night. Shread added 11 points, Troutt and Chase Buser each added 4.
A barnburner against Dongola followed, with the Falcons hanging on for a 67-66 win behind 30 points from White and 29 from Alstat. Troutt was the only other EHS player to score, finishing with 8 points.
The Falcons got their third straight victory on November 29, using a 16-4 opening quarter to go on to beat Pope County 56-35. Alstat and White continued to shine with 22 and 15 points respectively. Shread was also in double figures with a dozen points, Buser added 6, Troutt 1.
EHS had a chance to grab second place to themselves in their tournament finale against Egyptian on November 30, but were outscored 18-9 in the fourth quarter and ultimately fell 54-42. White had another huge game with 28 points, but the supporting cast wasn’t there offensively. Alstat finished with 5 points, Shread 3, Troutt and Clayton Tripp-Reams each had 2, and Buser and Ben Robinson both had 1 point.
“Our first game was really bad,” said head coach Jacob Emling. “We looked very confused at times on offense and defense a lot during the game. I am proud with the way the kids responded after that. They made good adjustments to bounce back and win 3 straight games.”
“We talked a lot about that before the tournament, that there were no practice days, we were going to have to make adjustments on the fly. I thought our defense stepped up big, and we were able to figure some things out offensively that helped us finish with a pretty good week. We know we've still got a lot of work to do, and it will be nice to get in the gym for some practices to make some adjustments."
White also eclipsed the 1000-point milestone for his career against Egyptian.