MARIETTA — While a boys consolation championship might not be where you’d expect an instant classic to break out, the Springer Cardinals and Dickson Comets proved otherwise on Saturday.
MARIETTA — While a boys consolation championship might not be where you’d expect an instant classic to break out, the Springer Cardinals and Dickson Comets proved otherwise on Saturday. Both teams put on an offensive showcase that turned into a thrilling contest, as the Cardinals managed to escape with the boys consolation championship at the Ronnie Moore Invitational by a score of 49-46. The first quarter proved to be a low scoring affair as both teams combined for 11 points, with the Cardinals leading 6-5 going to the second. Both teams picked up the offense before halftime, as they traded the lead multiple times. Despite holding a 16-15 lead with 1:24 remaining before halftime, it was the Comets who finished the first half with a flurry going on a 6-2 run to lead 21-17 after two quarters. Less than two minutes into the third quarter, the game was tied at 21-21. Both teams would find themselves in the lead throughout the rest of the third, but the Comets managed to grab a 32-31 lead going to the fourth. With 5:38 remaining in regulation however, the Cardinals grabbed a 37-36 lead, and managed to hold on the rest of the way, despite a furious rally from the Comets. Charvis Wright led the Comets with 21 points in the game, followed by Josh Palesano with 11 points. Malik Brown paced the Cardinals with 19 points followed by Tristan Amaya with 14 points and Mickey Hunnicutt with 10 points.