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Bowling Green 3rd period helps snap Tornado streak

By James D. Horne jhorne@paducahsun.com

Paducah Tilghman sought to win the 69th annual Paducah Tilghman Invitational Christmas Tournament for a fifth straight year, but Bowling Green had other ideas and ended Monday by walking away from the Otis Dinning Gymnasium with the first-place trophy.

Tilghman lost in the championship game 74-60, after leading 10-0.

The third-place game saw Caldwell County top Mayfield 59-43.

Trigg County needed overtime to beat Hickman County 75-73 in the consolation game.

The 2013 All-Tournament team consisted of Mayfield's Marshall Bacon and Kyle Downing, Caldwell County's Eli Pepper, Tilghman's Mikey Davis and Andre Strayhorn, and Bowling Green's Joseph Ayers, Nacarius Fant and Clay Stivers.

Bowling Green 74, Paducah Tilghman 60 - Bowling Green slowly reeled Paducah Tilghman in and won the championship game 74-60. The Purples took control with a 12-2 run to start the third period.

Sayveon McEwen with 17 points and Mikey Davis and his 11 led the way for the Blue Tornado.

Bowling Green saw five score in double figures starting with Nacarius Fant's 15 points, Tucker Sine and Logan Riehn both chipping in 14, Joseph Ayers contributed 13 and Clay Stivers put in 10.

"We tried to settle the kids down and they fought to stay in it," Tilghman coach Brad Stieg said, "but we let the game get away in the third. But I'm proud of the way the kids fought and didn't give up."

Tilghman raced out to a 10-0 advantage on Devon Hart's jumper with 6:20 to go in the first. Bowling Green managed to get it down to 18-17 on Sine's bucket. That was answered by McEwen's half-court, buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave Tilghman a 21-17 lead.

Neither team gained much of an advantage in the second. Bowling Green went up 35-29 with 1:54 remaining on one of Riehn's four 3-pointers. Tilghman was able to get it to the 35-35 halftime score on Davis' three-point play with 1:28 left and Andre Strayhorn's three with 51.6 ticks to go before the break.

The Purples opened the third with a 12-2 run and took a 49-37 edge with 4:09 left on Fant's three.

The Blue Tornado got back within nine, 49-40, on Austin Mayes' free throw at the 3:29 mark of the third. That just led to what turned into a 22-13 run for Bowling Green and its 71-53 lead with 1:01 left in the game on Stivers' bucket.

Bowling Green 17 35 56 74

Paducah Tilghman  21 35 45 60

BOWLING GREEN- Tucker Sine 14, Nacarius Fant 15, Malik Carothers 4, Clay Stivers 10, Logan Riehn 14, Perry Ayers 4, Joseph Ayers 13.

Field goals 19/41. 3-pointers 9/15 (Sine 2, Fant 2, Riehn 4, P. Ayers). Free Throws 9/14. Record 5-2.

PADUCAH TILGHMAN -Sayveon McEwen 17, Jesse Dunigan 2, Devon Hart 9, Andre Strayhorn 8, Brannon Warfield 9, Austin Mayes 4, Mikey Davis 11.

Field goals 14/29. 3-pointers 7/17 (McEwen 2, Andre Strayhorn 2, Warfield 3), Free Throws 11/17. Record 5-2.

Caldwell County 59, Mayfield 34 - Caldwell County got off to a fast start and never looked back in topping Mayfield in the third-place game.

Caldwell County's Elijah Sindelar had the game high with 17 points, and Luke McCarty scored 10.

Deante Love was Mayfield's top scorer with 10 points.

"We got off to a great start going up 18-0 like we did, and you just can't ask for anything better than that," Caldwell County coach Daniel Kukahiko said. "We didn't have the best warm-up, but once the ball was tipped we got going. They saw the ball go into the hoop and got the fever and kept up the momentum the entire game."

Caldwell County jumped out to an 18-0 lead on a Sindelar jumper with 48.3 seconds left in the first.

Mayfield scored its first points on Lane Kennemore's 3-pointer with 19 seconds to go in the quarter.

"You've got to give Caldwell County credit, because they came to play," Mayfield coach Chris Guhy said. "They've got good size, good shooters and a lot of strength. We're not ready to play and I don't know why, but I don't think they were up to play a third-place game. We didn't have a good effort and got beat by a good ballclub."

Caldwell County 18 32 46 59

Mayfield  3 11 21 34

CALDWELL COUNTY- Colby Oliver 2, Brett Seymore 5, Elijah Sindelar 17, Josh Young 6, Luke McCarty 10, Ben Martin 5, Eli Pepper 4, Damonta Hopson 4, Dee Cain 8.

Field goals 24/33. 3-pointers 4/9 (Sindelar 2, Young 2), Free Throws 5/7. Record 5-2.

MAYFIELD - Dylan Reed 3, Deante Love 10, Tayo Crumble 3, Lane Kennemore 6, Haley Ballard 2, Arety Kirby 1, Zach Tyler 6, Kyle Downing 3.

Field goals 12/37. 3-pointers 2/16 (Crumble, Kennemore). Free Throws 4/12. Record 3-4.

Trigg County 75, Hickman County 73 - Trigg County needed overtime to beat Hickman County in the consolation game.

Trigg County's Cole Gardner led all scorers with 26 and Luke McKenzie added 11.

Hickman County was paced by Billy Speed's 17 points, Harely Hinshaw's 15 and Ryan Harpole's 10.

Hickman County 24 36 53 67 73

Trigg County  16 34 49 67 75

HICKMAN COUNTY-Rayshun Shields 5, Billy Speed 17, Harely Hinshaw 15, Ryan Harpole 10, Ethan Carter 3, Austin Bailey 2, Nate Newton 17, James Bolen 1. Free Throws 20/30.

Field goals 22/42. 3-pointers 3/11 (Harpole 2, Carter).

TRIGG COUNTY - Cole Gardner 26, Corbin Estes 2, Demaria Nance 6, Luke McKenzie 11, Tyreke Wilson 5, Detavion Day 19, Deebo Mayes 6.

Field goals 19/32. 3-pointers 5/17 (Gardner 4, Mayes). Free Throws 22/43.

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow @bigdog_jamesd on Twitter. 

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