By Tony Farkas
APPLE SPRINGS — The annual Apple Springs Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament put all county teams in one spot last weekend and saw the Groveton Indians take first place out of a pool of eight teams.
Their journey involved beating Little Centerville 44-31, Apple Springs 37-34 and Jacksonville’s JV 59-51.
In the Championship game the standouts were Jarrett Loftin with 18 points, Daiton Chandler with 10 points and Wyatt Snead finished with 16 points.
•Centerville took the Consolation Trophy with a 38-35 win over Chester.
The Bulldogs were in a back-and-forth battle with Chester, though both teams struggled offensively, and the score was 14-9 at halftime score.
Both teams scored 9 points in the third, setting up an exciting fourth-quarter finish; Chester led until Bulldog Aydn Self knocked down two crucial free throws with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 32 and send the game to overtime.
With the game knotted at 35, freshman guard Iain Kendrick hit a huge 3-pointer to put Centerville on top for a 38-35 final.
Top scorers were Aydn Self with 17 against Jacksonville Freshmen, 17 against Chester; Colton Brasuell with 12 against Groveton; Brayden Watson with 11against Jacksonville JV; and Iain Kendrick with 8 against Groveton and 8 against Chester.
To get to the consolation final, Centerville lost to Groveton 44-31, but downed the Jacksonville JV team 47-23.
•Tournament host Apple Springs did not fare as well.
The Eagles won their opener against Jacksonville JV 42-35, but lost their next two — 60-31 to Richards and 37-34 to Groveton.