CHRISTMAS TOURNEY: Greenville downs Straughn for 3rd place

Published 12:19 am Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Class 5A Greenville Tigers picked up a third place finish in the Andalusia Christmas Invitational Tournament with a 77-43 victory over the Class 3A Straughn Tigers on Saturday night at Andalusia High School.

It was all Greenville from the opening tip off, and the higher-classified Tigers jumped out to a 30-13 lead at the end of the opening period.

Brantley Kelley and Hank Peeples connected from behind the arc in the first period for Straughn.

Straughn kept the ball spread around in the opening period with six players contributing to the scoring.

Greenville’s fast-paced offense led to a flurry of scores in the opening frame.

Charles Warren was dialed in from downtown with three 3-pointers to get the game started.

Tyrese Evans knocked down two 3-pointers and Tyler Stone also finished with 6 points in the first period.

Greenville applied more pressure and scored quickly nearly every chance down the court to take a 42-22 lead into halftime.

Straughn’s Taylor Rhudy dropped in a layup and knocked down a 3-pointer to lead the way for Staughn in the second.

Trystian Barber also connected from behind the line for Straughn in the second period.

Straughn never gave up the fight and continued to give their best effort, but it just wasn’t enough to hang with lighting-quick Greenville Tigers.

Justin Peeples got things rolling for Straughn with 6 points in the third period.

Keaun Samuel had 4 points in the third period, but it was Greenville who was on top 65-36 heading into the final frame.

Warren once again took over for Greenville and accounted for 10 points in the third period to stretch his team’s lead heading into the fourth period.

In the final period, Greenville held off on for a 77-43 victory in the third place game at the Andalusia Christmas Tournament.

Rhudy and J. Peeples led the way for Straughn with 7 points each.

Warren led Greenville with 19 points in the win. Tyler Stone finished the game with 14 points.