[November 20, 2012]
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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
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
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
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