Hilltoppers take round 1 at Turkey Tournament

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[November 20, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

The Mount Pulaski Hilltoppers opened the 2012-2013 basketball season with a 63-61 win over the Calvary Christian Academy Knights of Normal.

The Toppers were off to a fast start in the first quarter, leading 22-8 thanks to 15 points by Brady Thomas. With Thomas on the bench in foul trouble in the second quarter, the Knights made a run to trim the Toppers' halftime lead to 31-25.

The Toppers were off to another quick start in the third quarter with a couple of layups by Thomas and Jordan Luczaj. Michael Lowery then threw down a no-look pass for a nice assist to Matthew Amidon, who scored the easy bucket. Freshman Brett Huff also sank a 3 to extend the Toppers' lead, but the Knights were not giving up. They also came out of the locker room shooting well and tied the score at 39-39 with 2:36 left in the third quarter.

Mount Pulaski took a 48-40 lead going into the fourth quarter. Once again the Knights turned it up a notch and made it an exciting ballgame, tying the score at 59-59 with 1:40 left. The Toppers would need to make some key free throws down the stretch and they did.

Owen Tschantz sank 3 of 4 free throws in the final minutes. Lowery and Blake Collier also chipped in one each in the final seconds as Mount Pulaski held on for the 63-61 victory.

The second annual Mount Pulaski Turkey Tournament continues Tuesday through Saturday with, of course, the teams taking off for Thanksgiving. Next up for the Toppers in this round-robin tournament is DeLand-Weldon on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Final stats:  Blake Collier, 6 points; Michael Lowery, 6; Brady Thomas, 21; Brett Huff, 6; Jordan Luczaj, 11; Matthew Amidon, 6; Owen Tschantz, 7.

Pictures and report by Teena Lowery

Mount Pulaski's Michael Lowery wins the tip to start the game.

Brady Thomas with two of his 15 first- quarter points Monday night.


Owen Tschantz drives to the basket and gets called for the charge.

Matthew Amidon lays in the bucket after a nice dish from Michael Lowery.



Jordan Luczaj lays in two for the Toppers in third-quarter action.

A timeout is needed as the score gets close in the fourth quarter.

Basically, make your free throws!



And that's a win!



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