The Morrill Lions ran away with the boys’ championship at the Harrison Holiday Tournament Saturday. The Lions up-ended the Sioux County Warriors 55-32 in the title game after easily handling Crawford in the opening round Friday in a 62-30 contest.
The Lions raced to a 16-2 lead in the opening quarter in the title game and had a 34-9 advantage by half-time break. Morrill never looked back, and though Sioux County put together an 18-8 run in the fourth after Morrill pulled its starters, the Lions cruised to the win.
Morrill’s game against Crawford in the first round went much the same way, with the Lions taking a 27-20 lead into half-time and holding Crawford to just 10 points in the entire second half while scoring 35 of their own. Crawford’s Will Ackerman led the Rams with 16 points, earning a double-double with 13 rebounds.
Sioux County defeated Hay Springs in the opening round in a nail-biter that went down to the buzzer. The Warriors, now 4-3, held on to a slight 16-14 advantage after the first frame, only to see Hay Springs use a 15-8 run in the second to take the lead, a position they maintained until the fourth quarter. Sioux County stepped up its game in the fourth period, going on a 12-1 run to tie the game. Hay Springs Charles Twarling sank a free throw to put the Hawks back on top by one, but Sioux County’s Michael Comstock scored a put-back lay-up in the final second for the victory.
Brody Planansky led the Hawks with 14 points, the only one to score in double digits for the team. Tristan Hunter led the Warriors with 20 points, including two treys. Tommy Watson put 13 on the board.
The Crawford Rams finished third in the tourney, securing a win over Hay Springs in Saturday’s consolation game. The Rams earned an early 12-7 lead, but Hay Springs cut into that margin with a 14-11 run in the second quarter, trailing by just two points at the break. The Hawks kept the momentum going in the third and put themselves ahead by one point as the final frame began. The Rams refused to give up, however, and dumped in 16 points while holding the Hawks to seven for the 46-38 win. Ackerman scored 26 points for the Rams, and Levi Van Beek added 11. Planansky was the only Hawk to reach double digits, scoring 13.
Crawford is now 3-6 on the year, after also losing to Mitchell at the Cabela’s Holiday Shootout Dec. 30 in a 73-15 rout. The Tigers put the game away early, with 21-8 and 22-7 runs in the first half, shutting the Rams out of the scoring lane in the second half entirely while adding 30 points of their own. Ackerman led the Rams with six points.