Saturday, December 18, 2021

Ashland Blazer 87, Lyon County 81

 A barrage of second half three-points helped No. 5 Ashland Blazer overcame a slow start to advance with a 87-81 win over No. 25 Lyon County. Ashland Blazer connected on a trio of three-point baskets in the opening quarter but shot just 31% and could keep up with the Lyons, who got 10 first quarter points from Travis Perry to lead 21-13. The offensive woes continued in the second quarter for the Tomcats as they shot 3/11 (27%) from the field and trailed by as many as 18 points at 38-20 midway through the second quarter. A 6-0 run at the end of the first half got things going for Ashland Blazer as they cut the halftime lead to26-38. The Tomcats hit 8 three-pointers in the third quarter and quickly saw the Lyon County lead dwindle to 53-50 going into the fourth quarter. Ethan Sellars fifth three-pointer of the second half gave the Tomcats a 58-57 lead in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. The teams would exchange the lead four times over the next two minutes with Cole Villers three-pointer midway through the final period putting Ashland Blazer ahead for good. Lyon County would never get closer than four points in the final two minutes of play as the Tomcats tournament record 61 points in the second half was enough to claim the victory. 

Ethan Sellars led the Tomcats in scoring with 25 points and 7 three-point baskets. Cole Villers added 24 points for Ashland Blazer and Colin Porter recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 assists. Lyon County was led by Travis Perry with a game-high 32 points and 8 assists. Jackson Shoulders added 20 points and 8 rebounds for the Lyons. 

Ashland Blazer advances to Sunday's quarterfinals to take on Male at 9:00pm. Lyon County will play Belfy at 9:00pm Sunday in the consolation bracket.

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