Barnstorm: Leon holds back host Bay for crown

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Published: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 23:14 PM.

PANAMA CITY — No buzzer beater this time in Leon’s victory over Bay.

But a pulse-pounder nonetheless.

The Lions and Tornadoes combined to bring a bit of late-February intensity to the championship game on Saturday in the 14th annual Bay Barnstorm Classic.

Leon, 12-3, produced its second victory over the Tornadoes this season, 68-63, in ending their nine-game winning streak. It was a triumph and a title earned, as the two teams produced 32 minutes of intensity, and at time brilliance.

New Site (Mississippi) prevailed 65-60 over Mosley in the third-place game, the Dolphins minus offensive catalyst Nat Dixon. Pensacola took fifth place by downing Lassiter (Georgia) 48-41.

Championship

The Lions didn’t settle matters until Cedric Harper scored on a dunk with 45 seconds remaining and Micheal Leak followed a Bay misfire from long range that would have tied the game with two clinching free throws.

It was a heavyweight matchup that basically followed a pair of undercard fights in Saturday’s first two games.

The finalists had a bit of everything including opposing big men, Harper and Bay’s Tommy Wade who each battled foul trouble. There were long-distance snipers, Marvin Biggins especially key for the Lions with a trio of treys in the fourth quarter. And for the Tornadoes, Demetrius River was the igniter with 24 points, many on slashing drives to the rim.

Harper, who had 20 points to pace Leon, collected his second foul with 1 minute, 39 seconds left in the opening quarter. Bay, 9-3, led at that point 9-7.

When Keith McNeil scored on a dunk and Rayshawn Patterson converted a steal the Tornadoes opened a 24-11 bulge with 5 minutes remaining to halftime. Leon coach Rick Davis had little choice but to reinsert Harper at that juncture and he avoided a third foul while helping pull  the Lions within 29-27 at intermission.

Wade, who had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for Bay, was whistled for his second and third personals in the opening minutes of the third quarter and also went to the sideline. Leon took its first lead at 33-32 on Harper’s putback shortly thereafter, and although the Tornadoes produced five ties from that stage, they didn’t regain the lead until Donald Taylor swished a 3-pointer to make it 57-55 with 3:45 to go.

Javylon Wilson scored on a drive to give Bay its last lead 59-57, but  Biggins answered with his third 3-pointer seconds later and the Lions had the fortitude to withstand Bay’s final responses.

Harper added seven rebounds and two  blocks for the Lions, Biggins had 13 points and Justin Walker had 15, many in the  first half to offset the absence of Harper on the floor.

Taylor added 10 for the Tornadoes and Patterson had 9.

LEON (68)

Biggins 4 2-2 13, Harper 10 0-1 20, Willis 1 0-2 2, Bryant 1 0-1 2, Myers 1 0-0 2, Griffin 3 2-4 8, Kincey 0 0-0 0, Spivey 0 0-0 0, Leak 1 4-4 6, Walker 6 1-2 15. Totals: 27 9-16 68.

BAY (63)

Wilson 2 0-0 4, Goodman 0 0-2 0, Monroe 0 0-0 0, Rivers 10 3-5 24, McNeil 1 2-2 4, Patterson 4 0-0 9, Wade 5 2-2 12, Taylor 3 2-2 10, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 9-13 63.

Leon 9 18 15 26 — 68

Bay 18 11 9 25 — 63

3-point goals: Leon 5 (Biggins 3, Walker 2),  Bay 4 (Taylor 2, Rivers, Patterson). Total fouls: Leon 13, Bay 15.

Third place

New Site 65, Mosley 60

If anyone was curious how Mosley looks without Dixon, who averages 30 points, Saturday night told the tale. The conclusion? Not good enough to defeat New Site, which made 9 of 12 free throws in the last 3 minutes to prevail.

Dolphins coach Chris Martello said Dixon sat due to a “minor disciplinary action.” Mosley was able to produce eight 3-pointers without him, but faltered down the stretch after entering the fourth quarter tied 44-44.

Also critical for Mosley were a pair of technical fouls that the Royals, 9-4, turned into five points which happened to be the margin of defeat. Porous interior defense was just as responsible for Mosley falling to 4-7.

Donovan Albert had 19 points for the Dolphins, who led 9-0 and didn’t relinquish their edge until New Site scored the opening seven points of the third quarter.

Kyle Corbin added 12 for Mosley, including nine in the first quarter. Warren Stadmire had 9 points on three 3-pointers and Jacob Harrison scored all seven of his points in the third quarter to keep the Dolphins close.

Josh Knight had 18 points and Ashton Johnson returned from an injury that sidelined him Friday with 16 points for New Site. Riley Ivy added 10.

MOSLEY (60)

Corbin 4 1-2 12, Albert 6 5-6 19,l Stadmire 3 0-0 9, Deramo 3 1-2 7, Harrison 1 5-6 7, Polter 0 0-0 0, Wittkopf 0 0-0 0, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Walker 1 0-0 2, Melvin 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 12-16 60.

NEW SITE (65)

Johnson 4 7-11 16, Nix 1 0-1 2, Ivy 4 2-3 10, Gray 3 0-0 6, Knight 7 4-6 18, Franklin 0 3-4 3, Morgan 3 1-1 7, Floyd 1 1-2 3,. Totals: 23 18-30 65.

Mosley 20 14 10 16— 60

New Site 16 14 14 21 — 65

3-point goals: Mosley 8 (Stadmire 3, Corbin 3, Albert 2), New Site 1 (Johnson). Total fouls: Mosley 21, New Site 13. Technical fouls: Mosley (Stadmire, Harrison).

Fifth place

Pensacola 48, Lassiter 41

If any team had an excuse for starting slowly it was Lassiter, which lost to Cairo in double overtime of Friday’s late game. The Trojans, however, were a direct opposite with a 14-8 lead after one quarter.

A solid third quarter sparked by Derrick Lloyd’s six points and one assist gave the Georgia squad a 34-30 lead entering the final quarter.

That’s when a game that never seemed to follow form ended that way. Tigers’ Marquise Cole, who had scored 30 points in Pensacola’s two earlier Barnstorm games, was scoreless until 3:18 remained to play, his team clinging to a 40-39 lead.

So Cole scored the last eight points as the Tigers, 13-3, finally convincing stubborn Lassiter. Traquan Knight had 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the Tigers.

Lloyd finished with 12 points for Lassiter, 3-9, which lost 63-58 in double overtime to Cairo when Stacy Masten poured in 42 points. Justin Jackson had 8 points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Divine Anywanabe 8 points.

PENSACOLA (48)

Mn.Maxwell 0 0-0 0, Ml.Maxwell 0 0-0 0, Staten 1 0-0 3, Witherspoon 0 0-0 0, Buchanan 0 0-0 0, Cole 3 1-4 8, Knight 9 2-5 20, Reaves 2 0-0 4, Hamilton 1 1-1 3, Baggage 3 0-0 8. Totals: 20 4-10 48.

LASSITER (41)

Lloyd 5 1-2 12, Norton 0 0-0 0, Dunham 2 0-0 4, Wasko 1 0-0 2, Van Horn 3 1-2 7, Jackson 3 2-5 8, Anywanabe 4 0-0 8. Totals: 18 4-9 41.

Pensacola 8 13 9 18 — 48

Lassiter 14 4 16 7 — 41

3-point goals: Pensacola 4 (Baggage 2, Staten, Cole), Lassiter 1 (Lloyd). Total fouls: Pensacola 9, Lassiter 11.

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