Prep Basketball: 62nd Annual Holly Pond Thanksgiving Tournament Day One recap


Jayden Sullins posted 19 points, five rebounds and two steals in the Bearcats' 83-70 win over Fairview Monday night. (Nick Griffin for the Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND – Day one of the 62nd annual Holly Pond Thanksgiving Tournament is now in the books and in this week’s opening matchups, Cullman took on Fairview while Holly Pond faced Lincoln County.

Cullman 83 – Fairview 70 (Varsity Boys)

The first quarter was very fast-paced between Cullman and Fairview and the Bearcats took a 10-3 lead after a Stevie Gardner and-one. The Aggies fought back to cut the deficit to two at 13-11 after an Austin Turner trey, but Brennan Anderson hit a pair at the free throw line to make it 15-11 after one.

Fairview tied the game at 15 on four quick points by Turner, but it was all Cullman after that as they picked up the intensity on both sides. They Bearcats went on a 20-6 run to take a 35-21 lead into the half. 11 different Bearcat players found the scoring column in the first half. 

The third quarter saw both teams light up the scoreboard as a combined 58 points were scored and Cullman held onto a 62-52 lead heading into the final period.

Luke Yarbrough, Caleb White, and Turner helped spark a 10-4 Aggie run to start off the fourth quarter to make it a 66-62 game, but the Bearcats scored seven straight points to push the lead back to double-digits at 73-62 and went on to take the first game of the day.

12 different Cullman players finished the game scoring at least two points. Jayden Sullins, after scoring just four points in the first half, scored 15 second-half points to finish with a team-high 19 for the game to go with five rebounds and two steals. Noah Bussman added 16 points, four rebounds, and four steals. Jimnie Chau Le ended up with eight points, three rebounds, and two steals. Mason Herron finished with seven points and four rebounds. The Bearcats will take on Lincoln County tomorrow night at 8.

Turner led the way for Fairview with a game-high 26 points and he also added eight rebounds and a steal. Yarbrough ended up with 17 points, all in the second half, five rebounds, a steal, and two blocks. Dow Nichols finished with 11 points and three steals. White added eight points, 10 rebounds, and a steal. Zane Miller finished with seven points, six rebounds, two blocks, and a steal. Devin Gibson added two points. The Aggies will kick off tomorrow's action at 5:00 against Lincoln County.

Lincoln County 65 – Holly Pond 55 (Varsity Boys)

The other game of the night saw Holly Pond take on Lincoln County. The Broncos took an early 7-4 lead on a Ben Jones three-pointer, but they couldn't keep the momentum going as Lincoln County finished the opening quarter on a 13-5 run to take a 17-12 lead into the second quarter. 

Each team answered a basket with one of their own for most of the second period and the Broncos went into the half trailing, 30-23.

Holly Pond trailed 34-26 a little bit into the third period before Kyler Chaney and Tyler Boatright helped lead a 9-3 Bronco run to make it a 37-35 game but Lincoln County made sure that the Broncos didn't take the lead by responding with an 8-3 run of their own made to stretch the lead to 45-38. Chaney scored the final four points for Holly Pond as they went into the fourth quarter down, 47-42.

Chaney continued his hot streak into the fourth quarter by scoring scored eight points in a row to help give the Broncos their first lead since early on in the first quarter, 50-49. After losing the lead, Holly Pond got it right back with a three from Isaac Ludwig and a layup by Boatright gave them a 55-52 lead, but that would be the last time they scored in the ballgame as turnovers and foul trouble plagued them the rest of the way and they wound up falling 65-55.

Chaney led the way for Holly Pond with 22 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, and a block. Boatright was not far behind as he added 21 points, nine rebounds, and two steals. Ludwig, Jordan Allbright, Parker Sellers, and Jones each chipped in with three points. The Broncos will take on Good Hope tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m.

Other Monday scores

Bash at the Beach Thanksgiving Tournament: West Point 61 – Pensacola 51 (Varsity Girls)

Boaz Thanksgiving Classic: Boaz 68 – Holly Pond 38 (Varsity Girls)

Curry Thanksgiving Tournament: Carbon Hill 55 – Good Hope 44 (Varsity Girls)

Marx Optical Thanksgiving Classic: Lawrence County 73 – Vinemont 29 (Varsity Boys)

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