The second annual Versailles Holiday Tournament tipped off today as Miami East, Brookville, Anna, and host Versailles square off in a two day event.
Miami East and Brookville took to the court in the night's first game of the tournament. Brookville used great ball movement on the offensive side of things and physical play on the defensive end to control much of the first half. That along with great scoring by sophomore Marcus Brisco (16 points) helped Brookville take a 29-24 lead to the locker room. The second half saw a different Miami East team as they clamped down on defense and asserted their quick scoring ability to take a slight lead by the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was all East as they went on to win by a final score of 53-46. East was led by sophomore AJ Hickman with 15 points, followed by senior Garrett Mitchell with 14. Brookville was led by Brisco who finished with a game high 24 points.
The second game of the night saw Anna and the host Versailles square off. The momentum was with Versailles from the tip, although a lack of defensive awareness helped Anna stay in the contest only down 18-21 after the first quarter. The tandem of senior Chad Winner and sophomore Kyle Ahrens led the charge combining for 19 of the Tigers' opening 21 points. The second quarter saw more of Ahrens who was all over the place scoring the basketball; knocking down jumpers, driving the lane, and getting multiple put-backs on the offensive glass. Good inside post play by Anna junior Joel Albers helped the Rockets get to halftime down only five 29-34. In the third quarter Versailles really began to push the ball and create fast-break opportunities that more times than not they were able to cash in on, this in large part due to the athleticism of junior Damian Richard. More key baskets from Versailles and a stalled offense from Anna led to a final score of 70-54 in favor of the home team.
If there was one thing to take away from the game it was the sensational and mature play of Versailles sophomore Kyle Ahrens. The forward turned point guard affected the game on virtually every possession and finished the game with an efficient and well earned 29 points. The high-major collegiate prospect continues to improve and impress with each game. Senior Chad Winner added 18 points for the Tigers as he had multiple D2 and D3 college programs in the gym to check him out. Joel Albers finished with 17 points in the losing effort for Anna.