Abbed leads Bismarck-Henning in tourney opener
DANVILLE – Saturday was a day without upsets, but a day filled with action as the 93rd boys' Vermilion County tournament got under way at the Palmer Arena. The highlights:
BISMARCK-HENNING 58, MILFORD 47
Quickest to 10 points: B-H's Murad Abbed, 10:26.
Key statistic: B-H committed seven turnovers, three in the first half when it led 30-27.
Defensive note: All six fouls by the Blue Devils were by different players.
Unheralded player: B-H's Justin Fredericks, 10 points and a defensive stalwart.
Top scorers: B-H, Abbed (23), David Ingram (20); Milford, Ryan Kunce (15), Justin Garrelts (14).
Quote: "What we learned and can use later is we can spread the floor with a lead and control things. When we have a lead with four minutes left, the game ought to be over," B-H coach Mike Reynolds said.
WESTVILLE 49, GEORGETOWN-RIDGE FARM 34
Quickest to 10 points: Westville's Derek Elliott, 6:24.
Key statistic: One night after Chris Hathaway scored 19 points, he had one point, but Tigers coach Jeff Millis said "he played defense, rebounded and played a (heckuva) game."
Defensive note: Westville's Kyle Strebing held G-RF senior guard Trenton Reed scoreless in five field goal attempts.
Unheralded player: Westville's Matt Maser started for injured Brandon Glascott and never attempted a shot but had four assists. "He took care of the ball, got it to the right people and played solid defense," Millis said.
Top scorers: Westville, Dustin Billings (24), Elliott (19); G-RF, Brody Tuggle 14.
Quote: "We're shooting over 40 percent on threes. You have to take advantage when you have them," said Millis, after 20 of his team's 33 shots were treys.
SALT FORK 77, ARMSTRONG-POTOMAC 66
Quickest to 10 points: A-P's Zack Franzen, 18:45.
Key statistic: In the first and third quarters, all seven Salt Fork athletes who played scored.
Defensive note: The Storm expanded its lead to 48-34 by limiting A-P to two field goals in a 3:46 segment of the third quarter.
Unheralded player: Salt Fork's Joe Pratt hit 8 of 12 fourth-quarter free throws and had a team-high five assists.
Top scorers: Salt Fork, Jon Knoll (23); A-P, Tyler Farmer (21).
Quote: "Jon (Knoll) has the ability to take over when he wants to," Storm coach Aaron Hird said.
HOOPESTON AREA 49, OAKWOOD 38
Quickest to 10 points: Hoopeston's Brock Baker, 10:29.
Key statistic: The Cornjerkers reached the .500 mark (8-8) with their fifth straight win.
Defensive note: Hoopeston held Oakwood scoring leader Justin Jones scoreless until the final 25 seconds of the third quarter.
Unheralded player: Hoopeston's Jordan Flint scored all 10 of his team's third-quarter points.
Top scorers: Hoopeston, Baker (17); Oakwood, Mitch Cronk (12).
Quote: "Brock has been playing great floor games during our streak and tonight his scoring came in," Hoopeston coach Kevin Root.