Mountain Classic - Day 1

By: Jeff Archer
By: Jeff Archer

The Mountain Classic is the perfect time for the usual suspects to shine. And it gives the lesser known players a chance to become heroes.

What can you say about the first night of the WYMT Whayne Supply Mountain Classic?  It had msot everything of what people wanted to see.

Game 1 - Shelby Valley 74 - Buckhorn 49

A close game at the half (Shelby Valley led 25-21) was blown open in the Third.  Valley outscored Buckhorn 25-11 in the Third Quarter on their way to a 74-49 victory.  Ashley Hatfield came ready to play for Shelby Valley.  He buried 4 3s and scored 23 points.  Elisha Justice turned in another solid performance, dishing out several assists and scoring 20.  Tyler Newsome had 10 points in the Third and finished with 15 points.  Shelby Valley also hit 18-19 free throws in the game.  Buckhorn put 3 players in double figures.  Dustin Colwell led them with 16.  Matt Day and Eric Stidham each contributed 12.  Shelby Valley picked up their 11th win in Mountain Classic history, the most by any 15th Region team.

Game 2 - Clay County 50 - Perry Central 48

This one stayed close throughout much of the game.  Perry led by 1 after the first, 3 at half and 4 after the third quarter.  The Commodores extended the lead to as many as 8 in the 4th before Clay County made a lot run.  With the game tied and under 10 seconds to play, Zach McGeorge put his name into the record books, hitting a 12 foot jumper to give the Tigers the 50-48 win.  It was the only basket he made all game.  Matthew Mitchell gave an outstanding performance, scoring 23 points while keeping Clay County in it.  D.J. Wilson added 10.  Perry Central led Perry Central with 16, including a spectacular alley-oop dunk.  Chris Noble was the only onther double digit scorer for the Commodores.  He had 11.

Play of the Night - Zach McGeorge (Clay County), game winning jumper with 3 seconds left.
Highlight of the Night - Tyler Mullins (Perry Central), alley-oop jam from Jordan Amis.
Performance of the Night - Ashley Hatfield (Shelby Valley), hit the first 4 shots of the game to give the Wildcats a big lead.  Then scored another 10 points in the Third Quarter when the game was close once again.

Who will be the hero in Night number 2? Tune in to to find out.  Thanks for all of your support.  Lets make this another tournament to remember.

~ Jeff Archer

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