4th/5th Grade Braves Take 3rd In Tournament
Playing for the first time in three weeks the 4th/5th grade Braves played last weekend in the Bob Hensley Memorial Tournament in Council Grove facing teams from Rural Vista, Kansas Triple Threat and Lawrence.
In the opening game of the day, the Braves faced the Rural Vista Heat and come out on top with a 25 - 20 win. Down 6 early in the game, the Braves turned up the defensive pressure and only allowed 8 second half points on their way to victory. Balanced scoring and offensive execution were the name of this game as 7 of the 10 young men who play scored. Maxton Villalobos led the Braves in scoring with 9, Gavin Manson and Mason Wilkins scored 4 each while Jayden Picolet, Reid Buttrey, Blaise French and Gunner Gleason chipped in 2 points each.
In Game 2, the young Braves played Kansas Triple Threat, the eventual pool champion, close for 30 minutes. Trailing 14 - 11 with 10 minutes remaining, the Braves had a huge lapse in defensive position and gave up 4 consecutive lay-ups to trail 22 - 11 before eventually falling 30 - 14.
“Defensively we have a couple of kids who need to stay in our defensive pack line or we get into trouble,” Coach Jim Crosby said of his young team. “Triple Threat is comprised of kids from 4 different towns but I will take our 10 Council Grove kids any day!” Kolter Litke was the leading scorer with 5 points, Gleason scored 4, Villalobos 3 and Manson chipped in with 2.
In Game 3 the Braves took on the Lawrence Force for second place on the day. While working extremely hard, never giving up, and playing their second hand picked team in a row, the Braves fell by the final of 36 - 16 to finish with bronze medals for the day. Villalobos and Gleason led the Braves in scoring with 5 points each followed by Manson with 4 and Brody Nelson with 2.
The Braves next competition will be in Clay Center on January 19th.