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Bearcats overcome slow start to claim tourney title



By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Recovering from a slow start in the first quarter, Henrietta claimed owner ship of the 2011 Fantasy of Lights Division II boys championship Saturday night at Midwestern State University’s D.L. Ligon Coliseum with a 64-48 win over the Wichita Falls High School JV.

Bearcat Nick Powell was named tournament MVP, while teammates Cole Burns, Dalton Davidson and Philip Davis all-tournament team honors.

Old High jumped to a 9-0 lead in the opening moments of the game, a deficit the Bearcats would not overcome until the second quarter. A three-point play from Davidson followed by a pair of buckets from Powell put Henrietta on the board. The first period closed with Henrietta down 16-7.

Henrietta’s offense picked up in the second. Henrietta opened the quarter with a three-pointer from Davis and two points from Davidson. A Ben Fletcher free throw gave the Bearcats their first lead of the night, followed by a pair put backs from Powell and another from Burns. Henrietta outscored Old High 21-7 in the second for a 28-23 halftime lead.

The Bearcats scored another 20 in the third. Davidson landed two three-pointers, including one in the final seconds of the period, while Cole and Powell dominated in the paint.

Davis was accurate from outside the three-point arc again, with Henrietta en route to a 16-point fourth quarter.

Burns led Henrietta’s offensive output with 19 points, followed by Davidson with 14 points, Powell with 12 points and five assists, Fletcher with 10 points and Davis with nine.

Burns and Powell dominated under the basket. Burns finished with 26 rebounds and three steals, while Powell had 11 rebounds, four steals and four blocks. Davidson also had three steals for the game.

Henrietta took two pool play wins Friday, defeating Iowa Park, 55-29, followed by a 50-40 victory over Liberty. Saturday morning, the Bearcats beat Slaton 43-40 in bracket play to advance to the final.

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