NEW ALBANY - The New Albany Bulldogs were too gracious in hosting their Thanksgiving basketball tournament as they fell from the ranks of the undefeated to New Site by a final of 68-63.
Michael Smith tied the contest at 57-all late in the contest by hitting both ends of his free throws, but New Site closed on an 11-6 run to seal the win. The teams were tied 45-45 at the end of the third quarter.
New Site hit 12 of 17 free throws during the fourth quarter while the Bulldogs only attempted seven, connecting on five. The Royals were led in the fourth quarter by the trio of Walker Moreland, Carson Fitzsimmons and Colton Fitzsimmons as they combined for 17 of the 23 points scored in the final and decisive period.
Isaiah Ball was a one man scoring show as he was responsible for half of the New Albany points in the second half, scoring 15 of the 30 Bulldog points.
New Albany won the tip and quickly struck for the 4-0 lead, but New Site stormed back and outscored the Bulldogs 20-13 over the remainder of the period to lead 20-17 after a quarter.
The second quarter consisted of the teams swapping baskets throughout and the score at the half stood at 34-33 with the Royals on top.
New Albany got offensive output from the trio of Smith, Artaveion High and Reid Harris as they combined for 23 of the Bulldog points in the first half with Smith scoring 10 by himself.
New Albany was able to slow down New Site sharpshooter Walker Moreland a bit, but he still managed to hit for double figures with 13. Ethan Eaton supplied some stifling defense for the Royals as he held one of the leading Bulldog scorers to single digits.
Ball was high man for the Bulldogs with 17 points. Smith was next with 12 while High finished with 10. Albert McDonald came off the bench to hit for eight points.
Leading scorer and game MVP, Carson Fitzsimmons knocked down 26 points to lead the Royals to the win. Moreland scored 13 and Dalton Pounds hit for 11 points before fouling out.
New Site is coached by former New Albany Bulldog player, Rick Howell.
(B) Kossuth 69, East Union 47
East Union came up on the short end of the score in the consolation game with Kossuth as the Urchins lost 69-47. East Union only trailed by four at the half, 32-28, but the Urchins had a second half scoring drought that did them in as they could only manage 19 points while Kossuth hit for 37.
Josh Henderson was the lone Urchin in double figures with 19 points.
Day one tournament results
New Albany advanced to the championship round in pool play with their 92-42 win over Falkner on Monday while East Union fell to Tremont by a 69-58 final.
New Albany was never challenged by the Eagles as they opened up a 19-point lead after a quarter and went to the intermission up 46-23.
The Bulldogs had a trio hit for double digits in scoring and were led by Mitchell Shettles with 24. Isaiah Ball scored 15 and Artaveion High dropped in 12.
East Union's second quarter cold spell which netted three points were the difference in the game as Tremont turned a two point deficit after a period into a 13 point lead of 36-23 at the half.
Josh Henderson was high man for the Urchins with 23 points. DeJuan Hubbard also hit for double digits with 13 points.