In a JV boys basketball tournament scheduled to give many players some valuable court time in the area, Van-Far’s squad proved to be the best in a tournament held at Montgomery County this past week.
The Indians picked up wins over the host Wildcats, New Haven, and Clopton en route to winning the tournament championship.
“It was a great week for these young men,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway. “We just got into this tournament about three weeks ago and to come up here and win it is a really huge confidence boost and also shows how much this group is improving every day and shows how hard they work. What is impressive about this group is the fact that someone different may be the leading scorer each night, but the balance we have night in and night out shows how unselfish this group is. We are improving defensively each day as well. It was a great week of basketball for these Indians.”
In the championship game against Montgomery County, Van-Far led 32-28 at halftime before holding on late for a 53-45 victory.
Daylen Chandler scored 12 points; Dillion Minor had eight points; Logan Wilson added seven points; six points were scored by Rylee Hanson, Sam Middleton, and Verdell Johnson; and both Verlyn Johnson and Colin Wilburn scored four points.
In the semifinals, the Indians trailed New Haven 13-6 in the first quarter before Van-Far cut the lead to four at halftime.
Van-Far took over in the third quarter with a 12-2 frame before picking up a 43-38 win.
Verlyn Johnson, Wilburn, and Minor each scored eight points; Wilson had seven points; Verdell Johnson scored five points; Hanson had four points; and Riley Culwell added three points.
In the first round, the Indians led Clopton 25-12 at halftime. Clopton rallied and outscored Van-Far 32-30 in the final two quarters but it wasn’t enough in the Indians 55-44 win. Middleton and Minor each led the Indians with 12 points. Verlyn Johnson had 11 points; Wilburn scored eight points; Verdell Johnson had five points; and both Hanson and Wilson added three points.