• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Jackets place third in Daytona tournament

The Woodford County High School boys' basketball team placed third in the Father Lopez tournament in Daytona, Fla. Dec. 27-29. The Jackets defeated Canterbury High School (Tampa, Fla.) 68-47 in the third-place game. The Jackets led 18-16 after one quarter thanks to a balanced scoring attack. Senior Corey George and junior Ashton Myles-Devore scored four points each and senior Brandon Cromwell hit a three-pointer to lead the Jackets attack. In the second quarter, Myles-Devore scored five points and the Jackets went into halftime with the game tied at 29. Woodford took control in the third quarter and held their opponent to only six points. WCHS senior Ben Nash scored seven points in the quarter and the Jackets led by 10 heading into the fourth quarter. Woodford's defense continued to make plays and the Jackets ran away with the game in the fourth quarter. Nash and Senior Ryan Duke scored eight points each in the final quarter to seal the win. Senior Justin Alexander and Cromwell were named to the All-Tournament team. Semifinals The Jackets fell to the Frederick Douglass Academy (Bronx, NY), 61-49 Friday, Dec. 28. During the contest, Cromwell passed the 1,000 point mark for his career. Woodford fell behind 21-10 in the first quarter but could not overcome the large deficit. The Jackets struggled from the free throw line in the game going only 7 of 16 from the charity stripe. Alexander led the Jackets in the first quarter with four points, and Nash contributed a three-pointer. In the second quarter, the Jackets fought back on seven points from Cromwell and a three-pointer from Myles-Devore but still trailed 33-22 at halftime. The Jackets connected on three baskets from beyond the arc in the third quarter but could not cut into the lead and trailed by 14 points heading into the fourth quarter. WCHS junior point guard Anthony Tabor scored six of Woodford's 14 points in the fourth quarter, but the Jackets were unable to get within striking distance down the stretch. First round The Jackets opened the tournament with a 54-43 win over Gateway (Kissimmee, Fla) Thursday, Dec. 27. The Jackets featured a balanced scoring attack, and their pressure defense continues to be the difference on the court. The Jackets dominated the first quarter 16-6 and were led in scoring by Myles-Devore and George who scored five points each. Cromwell scored a pair of baskets for four points. Alexander scored six points, and Myles-Devore added five to lead the Jackets in scoring in the second quarter. The Jackets took a 29-15 lead into halftime. The third quarter was evenly matched with both teams going back and forth scoring. Alexander and Cromwell each scored four points each in the quarter and Nash drained a three-pointer to give the Jackets a 15 point advantage heading to the fourth quarter. Gateway outscored the Jackets 14-10 in the fourth quarter but could not overcome the early deficit. The Jackets shot 48 percent from the floor but were just 4-for-15 from beyond the arc. Cromwell led the Jackets with 11 points and Myles-Devore, and Alexander added 10 points each.

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