Borden beats EHS for Washington County title

By: 
Josh Lewis

Members of the Washington County Holiday Tournament All-Tournament team are pictured here. They are Titan Williams (West Washington), Jaden Cheatwood (Salem), Judd Missi (Borden), Kasym Nash (Borden), Cody Banet (Eastern) and Kaden Temple (Eastern). Photo provided by Mike Missi. 

Borden snapped Eastern's three-year winning streak in the Washington County Holiday Tournament Saturday night by defeating the Musketeers in the championship game. West Washington beat Salem in the consolation game Saturday. (Photo by Mike Missi)

Kaden Temple had been out win an injury during the early part of the season but returned Friday night for the Musketeers and made an immediate impact. He earned a spot on the Washington County Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team. Here, he goes after a loose ball during Friday's game against Salem. (Photo by Josh Lewis)

Eastern’s quest for a fourth straight Holiday tournament title was dashed on Saturday night against the Borden Braves. The Braves used a big second quarter to help get a double digit lead and kept any Musketeer rally at arms length to beat the Musketeers 59-44. 

The Musketeers got behind early 6-2 before Cody Banet hit a jumper, but Borden hit a couple of layups on the other end to stretch the lead out 10-5. A triple from the Braves prompted an Eastern time out, but the momentum stayed with Borden. A steal and layup made it a 15-5 lead for the Braves. Kade Anderson got a short jumper to fall to make it a 15-7 game heading into the second. 

Banet hit two from the stripe to open the second stanza. Then a three from Anderson cut the lead down to five at 17-12. But again Borden responded with a short run to push the lead back out 27-14. Kaden Temple hit two free throws and a triple to keep Eastern within striking distance, but a bucket at the buzzer for Borden pushed the lead back out to double digits heading into the locker room up 29-19. 

Anderson hit a three to open the second half, but the Braves responded with a few triples of their own to push the lead to 40-24. Kaleb Bongibault hit a three for the Musketeers to try and get them going, but the Braes answered with a three of their own and they were cruising up 45-31 heading into the fourth. 

Midway through the fourth, Anderson and Banet hit back to back triples to make it a 49-40 lead with 4:15 left to play. But Borden again answered with a score and a few from the charity stripe to push the lead back out and eventually put the finishing touches on the win and the holiday tournament championship.

Consolation game 

In the consolation game of the tournament the Lions and Senators squared off for the second time in a month. And much like the first one the Lions got out ot a lead in the first half just to watch it slip away in the second half as the Senators won 52-46. 

Early turnovers for the Senators helped Salem build up a bit of a lead. Jaden Cheatwood knocked down a three to give Salem a 9-7 lead and then an old fashioned three point play from Evan Lloyd made it a 12-7 Salem edge going into the second quarter. 

Back to back threes for the Lions to open the second quarter got them going early, but Colton Brown answered with a three for West Washington. Then the Lions started turning the ball over to allow West Washington to take control. Cheatwood hit a jumper and Titan Williams answered on the other end with a bucket and two free throws to put West Washington ahead 20-18. Late in the quarter Ian Rosenbaumw as fouled with 1.9 left. He knocked down both free throws to send West Washington into the locker room up 27-24. 

Both teams traded the lead a few times in the third. A few turnovers for the Lions helped West Washington build up a cushion with a layup from Kenton Chase and jumper from Rosenbaum making it a 35-30 lead. Cheatwood gave the LIons a bit of a boost to close the quarter with a corner triple to make it 43-38. 

A score in the pain from Alex Wilcox and a jumper from Cheatwood cut the Senator lead down to one. But once again a few Salem turnovers allowed the Senators to stretch their lead back out. Rosenbaum made it a 47-42 lead late in the game. Kaiden Romero-Hembree hit a three for the Lions to cut the lead down to three, but Jaxson Cambron hit a few free throws to push the lead out again with less than 20 seconds left and Salem didn’t threaten again.

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