Redskins win Jacksonville Tournament

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Hornet sophomore guard Clay Smith eyes a free throw attempt.

Hornet sophomore guard Clay Smith eyes a free throw attempt.


The Oneonta Redskins traveled to Jacksonville High School last week and brought back the championship of the Van Deerman Classic.

Oneonta (9-2) knocked off 2A Woodland on Tuesday by a score of 65-52. The Redskins got a big night from junior guards Keenan Warren and Ryne Wester. Warren led all scorers with 33 points and collected 12 rebounds while Wester added 11 points. Woodland got 14 points each from Trey Fetner, Stephen Strain, and Zach Barron.

In Wednesday night’s championship game, Jacksonville (4-8) led 12-10 after one quarter but the Redskins turned up the pressure and built a 40-29 lead after three quarters.

Locust Fork’s Stephen Greene is surrounded by the Sand Rock defense during Tuesday’s first round of the Oneonta Holiday Classic.

Locust Fork’s Stephen Greene is surrounded by the Sand Rock defense during Tuesday’s first round of the Oneonta Holiday Classic.


Jacksonville rallied to cut the deficit to single digits but Oneonta held off the Golden Eagles down the stretch to win, 55-47.

Terencio Delks led Jacksonville with 10 points and six rebounds.

Oneonta (10-2) got 19 points from Keenan Warren and 12 from Ryne Wester. Eric NeSmith pulled down eight rebounds.

Locust Fork played solid basketball last week in the Corner Holiday Tournament but came home with a 1-2 mark in three games.

The Hornets drew the host Yellow Jackets in the first round and fell, 58-46.

Corner led just 20-14 after one quarter and 29-27 at the half but then outscored Locust Fork 15-5 in the third quarter to build a 44-32 advantage.

Locust Fork (5-6) got 10 points from Johari Burnette and seven from Dillon Burton.

On the second day of the tournament, the Hornets built a 41-18 halftime lead and then buried the Eagles in the second half for a 66-47 victory.

Stephen Green led the Hornets (6-6) with 19 points while Robert Custer and Clay Smith added 14 each.

On the final day of the tournament, the Hornets dominated 5A Mortimer Jordan for three quarters but couldn’t hold the lead over the final eight minutes.

Locust Fork led 20-9, 37-24, and 46-33 at the quarter breaks but the Blue Devils exploded for 27 fourth-quarter points for a 60-58 win.

Clay Smith and Johari Burnette led the Hornets (6-7) with 15 points each.

Locust Fork and Cleveland played first-round games in the Oneonta Holiday Classic yesterday (Tuesday). We will have a complete tournament report next week, including the Hayden Girls Holiday Tournament.