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120822 trinity basketballGroveton’s Jarrett Loftin (No. 5) goes up for one of his 14 points during the match against Centerville.Centerville’s Brayden Watson (No. 15) and Colton Brasuell (No. 3) attempt a block on Groveton Indian Billy Thomas (No. 1). Photos by Tony Farkas

By Tony Farkas
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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.

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