The Meadville Tournament wrapped up over the weekend with local teams seeing action, and playing for hardware. The second round action ended late Thursday, the Consolation round ended Friday, and the whole kit-and-kaboodle ended on Saturday with the crowning of Champions.
In the boys third place game, it came down to a battle of two of the LCL’s teams. The Bucklin/Macon County Raiders would be the home team against the Linn County Mustangs.
The teams exchanged baskets to start the game, with Bryar Bookout and Alex Porter scoring for their respective teams. The teams would play evenly throughout the first frame, with BMC taking a slight lead, 15-11, after one quarter.
Damon Porter would start the scoring in the second frame for the Raiders, and a free throw from Logan Brinkley would answer for the Mustangs. Linn County would fight back to tie the game with a pair of free throws by Ty Stillwell at the 5:37 mark. Alex Porter would take the lead back for BMC, but a three by Stillwell would grab it back for Linn County. At the half, the Mustangs led 25-21.
In the boys championship game, the Meadville Eagles looked to remain unbeaten, as they rematched with Mercer from the NCMC Holiday Hoops event.
Mercer opened the game with a 5-0 run in the first two minutes. But Meadville would be undaunted, battling back to tie the game with baskets from TJ Schmitz and Kolton Friesner. Mercer would again use their outside shooting to take back the lead. But the Eagles would take their first lead of the game at the end of the evening frame with a three-pointer from Dalton Palmer with the assist by Derek Smith. After be quarter, Meadville led 13-12.
Blake Burkholder would start the Eagles off on an 8-3 run in the first three minutes of the second quarter to extend their lead. Mercer would close two within two points at the five minute mark, but a hoop by Smith would re-open the lead for the home team. At halftime, Meadville led 28-26.