The Peaster Greyhounds traveled to the Central Heights Holiday Hoops Fest just outside of Nacogdoches and came home with a third-place trophy after escaping host Central Heights 40-39 Saturday. Parker Grudt was named to the all-tournament team.
The Greyhounds (7-2) opened with a 49-40 win over Woden behind Grudt's 19 points. They then dismantled the Australian Travelers 2 by a 93-43 score, and fell to CHSM 61-54 in the semifinals despite 20 points from Connor Turan.
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The Poolville Monarchs (5-7) split four games in their own tournament, falling 51-43 to Muenster in the third-place game as Coy O'Boyle scored 11 points. They fell 50-46 to tournament champion Lipan in the semifinals as O'Boyle scored 14.
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O'Boyle and Landon Smith were named all-tournament, as was Millsap's Tanyon Fulenwider.
The Monarchs got a 62-54 victory against Windthorst in the opener behind 16 from O'Boyle. Smith scored 19 and O'Boyle 17 in a 51-42 downing of Smyer.
Millsap (2-9) dropped its first three games before finishing with a 77-43 win over Windthorst. Boling scored 20, Tyler Burchette 16, Fulenwider 16, and Austin Younger 14.
The Bulldogs fell to Muenster 54-27 as Sean King scored nine, got 10 from Jordan Richardson in a 41-36 loss to Paradise, and Fullenwider (24) and Boling (10) combined for 34 in a 63-57 overtime loss to Huckabay.
The Brock Eagles (9-5) split six games. The defending Class 3A state champions defeated Little Cypress-Mauriceville 51-46, lost to Kountze 80-73 in overtime, and defeated Aransas Pass 43-40. They fell to Big Sandy, the No. 1 team in the state in Class 2A, slipped past Lufkin Hudson, and edged Huffman 37-36 in their final contest.
Coach Zach Boxell praised the play of several team members, including Garrett Leak, Nolan McCall, Taylor Perry and Matt Thornton.
The Weatherford Kangaroos have now doubled their win total of last season after splitting four games in the tournament.
The Kangaroos (4-8) defeated Odessa 61-48 as all-tournament selection Tony Banks scored 18 and Grayson Stinson added 14. That was followed with a 66-53 win over Hallsville as Banks tallied 17, Stinson 16 and Lane Guest 14.
A loss to Denton Ryan was followed by a 79-50 defeat to Denton Guyer in the third-place game as Banks scored 18 and Guest 10.
▪ Aledo 41, Stephenville 37
The Bearcats (4-4) were led by Kolin Hess with a dozen points.
▪ Decatur 45, Peaster 37
The Greyhounds suffered their first loss of the season. Parker Grudt led with 11 points.
▪ Lingleville 48, Poolville 46
Landon Smith's 19 points paced the Monarchs in a losing cause.
▪ FW Eastern Hills 66, Weatherford 64
The Kangaroos came up short despite four players scoring in double figures, Lane Guest (16), Tony Banks (12), Kodie McClendon (12) and Grayson Stinson (11).