Slade keys Oakwood rally at Vermilion County tourney
DANVILLE — Skyler Slade attempted five shots in the second half of Saturday’s game in the 95th Vermilion County boys’ basketball tournament.
It’s a good thing for Oakwood he didn’t try four shots.
Slade’s layup with 22 seconds to play capped an Oakwood comeback from a 15-point first-half deficit and lifted the Comets past Georgetown-Ridge Farm 47-46 in a first-round game at Palmer Arena.
Slade scored a team-high 14 points and was 5 for 5 the second half. He also had a team-high eight rebounds.
“He’s one of those guys who doesn’t quit,” Oakwood coach Doug Robinson said. “I’ve told him, ‘No one can stop you in the post.’ ”
The same could be said for Oakwood. In the second half.
A 21-6 second-period deficit was a distant memory for the Comets (5-13) when they hit their first seven shots of the third quarter. That surge sent the team ahead 33-30.
“We need to start realizing the potential we have,” Robinson said.
Kyle Coburn scored 15 points for G-RF (2-15), which has lost twice to the Comets by a combined four points.
B-H 54, Hoopeston Area 31. Austin Toler scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the final 3:29 of the third quarter as the Blue Devils (14-4) took control. Toler hit both of his three-pointers in the streak.
“I was happy with the effort we got in the second half,” B-H coach Jon Clapp said. “In the first half we were in a new environment and things weren’t clicking.”
B-H has beaten the Cornjerkers (2-15) three times this season. Andy Bott scored 14 points and hit the team’s other two three-pointers. Wilde Garowski had 10 points.
Bott and Chase Connelly each had six rebounds. Clapp called Connelly an unheralded player who “is a guy who does the little things you need to have done to win games.”
Mason Layden led Hoopeston Area with nine points and seven rebounds.
Westville 47, A-P 24. For a Westville team that managed 10 first-half points and trailed by two, Jeffery Thompson tallied 11 third-period points as the Tigers (13-4) built a 10-point lead. Thompson, who made eight consecutive shots, scored five more points in the first minute of the final quarter and finished with a game-high 22, all in the second half.
A-P was ahead 16-12 before a three-pointer by Tanner Cox with 4:30 left in the third period started an 18-4 run by the Tigers the remainder of the quarter.
“Our defensive intensity in the third quarter got us some easy buckets,” Westville coach Jeff Millis said.
Thompson and Kyle Brazas combined to convert three steals into layups in the quarter. Layn White had a team-high seven rebounds for the Tigers.
Saturday was Thompson’s turn to shine.
“He gave us a boost,” Millis said, “but every one of our starters has been the leading scorer at one time.”
A-P (0-17) was led by Shawn Johnson with 10 points and 13 rebounds.