by: Scott McCaulley
In a defensive battle Saturday night at the final night of the Forsyth Boys Basketball Tournament, it’s the Strafford Indians that make the stops at the end to secure a 48-43 win over the host Panthers in the third straight meeting of the schools in the Championship Game.
After Forsyth held off Strafford in 2017 with the Indians rolling over the Panthers in last year’s title game, the first half saw Forsyth built a 10 point lead only to see Strafford chip away toward the end of the first half and eventually get the lead late in the third quarter and eventually grab the lead for good early in the fourth quarter.
Zak Lutgen led the Indians with 13 points while Buck Sanders led the Panthers with 11.
Strafford’s Gabe Mahon was named the Tournament MVP. The other scores of the tournament and the All-Tournament Team are listed below:
3rd: Berryville 45 Blue Eye 38
5th: Reeds Spring 51 Hollister 50
7th: Monett 48 School of the Ozarks 45
Gabe Mahon, Vance Mullins Strafford
Jordan Letterman, Gavin Lux Forsyth
Landon Chester Berryville
Nathan Garnett Blue Eye
Ty Cooper Reeds Spring
Presley David Hollister
Trevon Price Monett
Ethan Lander School of the Ozarks
Branson Battle at the Boarder
The Mountain Home Lady Bombers take home the tournament title knocking off the host Lady Pirates 52-35 while Mountain Home also pick a win in the Boys Game as they knock off Branson 54-48.
Willard Four State Classic
The Harrison Lady Goblins win the Classic with a 61-41 win over the host Lady Tigers while Willard takes the Boys Game pulling away in the fourth quarter to defeat Harrison 82-70.