Wakefield Tops Pats in Tourney Final
Pinecrest ran into a team with too much size and too much Antonio Stabler in Tuesday's Holiday in the Pines boys' basketball tournament title game.
Stabler turned out to be the difference at both ends of the court as the Wolverines dethroned the defending champion Patriots 61-52, also knocking Pinecrest from the undefeated ranks in the process.
The 6-foot-5 senior guard put together an MVP performance that included 28 points and six steals. Jarrin Wooten led the Patriots with 15 points and was also an all-tournament selection.
For the second night in a row the Patriots dug an early hole, trailing 11-1 before Daquan Towns made the team's first basket of the game with under two minutes remaining in the first period. They fought back to close to within a basket on a three-point play by Wooten toward the end of the half.
But the uphill battle continued. The Pats fell 12 points back late in the third quarter before making another of the rallies that had helped keep their record unblemished. Two baskets by Julian Brewer and one by Wooten made it 46-44 Wakefield with 5:45 left in the game. Seconds later, Wooten made one for two at the line, making it a one-point game.
After Stabler made a pair at the foul line, Brewer drove the baseline for a basket that closed the gap to one for the final time with just over four minutes left in the game. But that was the home team's last field goal and the Wolves closed it out with some clutch foul shooting.
Darius Leonard, one of two 6-8 players for Wakefield, finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Brewer was the only other Patriot in double figures, scoring 10 points.
Leonard was another all-tournament pick along with Lovell Joy (Richmond), Anthony Papillion (Trinity Christian) and Jordan Lawson (Durham Academy).
Richmond defeated Trinity Christian 47-44 in the third-place game. Overhills let a 21-point halftime lead fall to one before beating Holly Springs 87-72 for fifth place. Rodney Williams led the Jags with 29 points while Quentin Underwood scored 26 to go with 17 rebounds in the losing cause.
Durham Academy got 30 points from Lawson in a 67-48 victory over West Montgomery in the seventh-place consolation game. Leonard was the tournament's leading scorer with a total of 65 points in the three games.
Wakefield improved to 9-4 on the season with its second championship game win in the six-year history of the tournament. The Wolves defeated Trinity Christian for the title in 2006.
The Patriots take an 11-1 overall and 2-0 league mark into Friday's Mid-Southeastern Conference game at Douglas Byrd.
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