Results from Day Five of the Glasgow Tournament

Well, there wasn’t much of a surprise about the three winners tonight, although a couple of the games weren’t quite what I expected. Here’s what happened tonight in Glasgow.

Cairo (G) 47, Slater 45: A few people told me toward the end of this game that they were surprised it was this close. Good, so it wasn’t just me. Slater is going to be a tough team to gauge this season, but they seem to rise to the occasion when I least expect it. Slater actually led late in this game. Each of Cairo’s fourth-quarter baskets were 3-pointers, until Alex Wehar scored a putback just before the buzzer sounded to get the fifth-place win for the Lady Bearcats.

Fayette (B) 67, Westran 51: Well, I was kinda right about this one being close, but it didn’t last long into the second half. I sat behind the Fayette bench for the first half and what jumped out to me was head coach Chris Kendrick subbed a lot in this game, I mean more than usual. You can’t say his players weren’t well-rested in this game. Fayette led 33-29 at halftime, but the Falcons started the second half on an 11-2 run and never looked back. Rudy Williams finished the game with 19 points. The big thing for Fayette is they’re off to a 3-1 start and could finish 2012 with seven wins, maybe even eight if you factor in the first-round game of the New Franklin Tournament. The one game in the month of December that will give this team fits is Hallsville, a much-improved Class 3 school.

Cairo (B) 51, New Franklin 40: New Franklin was going to need a stellar effort to knock off Cairo, and they nearly did it. The game was much closer than the final score says. Cairo ran a zone defense against New Franklin all night, but the Bulldogs handled it well. I can’t think of any cross-court passes that resulted in turnovers, and in fact, I only had New Franklin down for 10 turnovers all game, but six of them came in the fourth quarter. New Franklin led 22-20 at half and was up by one point heading into the fourth quarter, but Brad Roberts started to own the baseline. I talked with Bob Roberts between the two Cairo games and he said Brad was under the weather last night and he couldn’t have felt much better tonight. Still, I don’t think that changes the outcome of tonight’s game by much, if at all. I talked to New Franklin head coach Jim Schlotzhauer after the game, and we agreed that even though the Bulldogs went 1-2 in the Glasgow Tournament this week, they were better off not losing the first game to Fayette and possibly go 2-1 to win consolation against lesser opponents to have a better record to start the season. After all, New Franklin opened the season against three teams that had 16-plus wins last season, and two were district champions. This team can build a lot from tonight’s game, and I thought the role players — Ryley Lyons, Dalton Welbern, Tyler Hull, Alex Holem and Matt Anderton — had their best games of the season. If New Franklin played like this on Wednesday, they lose by 12 to 18 points against Glasgow as opposed to a 40-point defeat. And they’ll see Cairo again before the Christmas break. We’ll see how Round 2 goes between these two CAC teams.

Now we’re down to the final three games of the Glasgow Tournament. I’ll try to get you some predictions late tomorrow morning, but I can’t make any promises. One thing I can guarantee is that, even if you plan on going to just the boys championship game at 4 p.m., you’d better get there by 12:30. There may not be an empty seat in the house during the championship games.


About hocosportsblog

I cover high school and college sports in the Howard County area for The Fayette Advertiser and the Democrat-Leader. All views and opinions expressed on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Fayette Advertiser or The Democrat Leader.
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