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By KENT COULTAS
Three players scored in double figures, and West Central beat Beardstown 52-39 in the championship game of the Beardstown Thanksgiving Tournament.
Zack Evans was selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Chance Little was also selected to the all-tournament team.
West Central led 40-32 after three quarters and scored the first six points of the fourth quarter.
Mason Berry had a steal and scored. Evans followed that with a steal and converted two free throws, and Carson Brown scored to extend the 46-32 with 5:11 remaining in the game.
Beardstown got within nine points with 1 minute remaining. Evans and Berry each made a free throw in the final 43 seconds, and Little grabbed an offensive rebound and scored with 19 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Little scored twice to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead. West Central jumped out to a 15-5 lead after one quarter.
Berry made a three-point basket to extend the lead to 23-7 in the second quarter. Beardstown got within 23-16 later in the quarter. Little grabbed an offense and scored, and Berry and Evans each scored as West Central extended the lead to 29-16 at halftime.
Beardstown got within six points on two occasions in the third. The Cougars led 38-32 before Evans scored with 4 seconds remaining, and they led 40-32 after three quarters.
Evans scored 19 points, including 12 in the second half to lead West Central. Little scored 15 points, including 11 in the first half. Berry scored 14 points, and Brown scored four.
Evans scored 28 points to lead West Central to a 53-22 win over Rushville-Industry Nov. 20 in the first game of the tournament.
Rushville-Industry led 10-9 after one quarter and 11-9 early in the second.
Berry made two free throws to tie the game, and Evans made a three-point basket to give West Central the lead. Little scored off an assist from Evans to give the Cougars a 16-11 lead with 3:46 remaining in the quarter. They led 20-13 at halftime.
The Cougars led 27-20 before scoring the final nine points of the third quarter. Berry started the run by scoring six straight points, and Evans converted a three-point play after a steal.
Evans scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter. He scored on a dunk with 6:27 remaining in the game to give West Central a 43-20 lead.
Berry scored eight points for West Central. Little scored four points, and Caden Meyer scored four. Nick Hamilton scored three points. Brown and Cameron Sievers each scored two points.
Evans scored 38 points, and the Cougars rallied to beat Mendon Unity 69-59 Nov. 21 in the second game.
Unity led 21-10 after one quarter, but West Central outscored the Mustangs 19-7 in the second.
Evans made a three-point basket to tie the game at 25 in the second quarter. Ryker Ford scored off an assist from Sievers to West Central a 28-27 with 2:06 remaining in the first half. The Cougars led 29-28 at halftime.
Unity led 39-37 in the third quarter before the Cougars scored six straight points.
Berry and Evans scored, and Brown scored off an assist from Sievers to give West Central a 43-39 lead with 2:48 remaining in the quarter.
After Unity scored, West Central closed the third quarter with an 11-2 run. Evans scored nine of those points. He had a steal and converted a three-point play to give West Central a 54-43 lead with 29 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The Cougars led just 56-51 in the fourth quarter before Brown scored twice, and Sievers scored to extend the lead back to 62-51 with 3:57 remaining in the game.
Little scored 11 points for the Cougars. Brown scored eight points, and Berry scored six. Sievers scored four points, and Ford scored two.
Nine different players scored, and West Central beat Hartsburg-Emden 72-20.
West Central led 19-10 after one quarter and 42-13 at halftime.
Little scored 17 points to lead the Cougars, and Brown scored 14. Evans scored 11.
Gabe Howard scored eight points, and Ford scored seven. Berry scored five points, and Sievers scored four. Hamilton and Carson Clevenger each scored three points.