Racers late surge nips Hawks for tourney title
A late scoring burst earned Rochester Academy a 63-52 victory over the host Hawks this evening in the championship game of the Holley Tournament.
Trailing 51-50, the Racers closed with a 13-1 scoring surge over the final three minutes, including 6 by Jevonny Brown and 4 by Albert Tomlin, to claim the win and the title.
Brown, who was named the tourney’s MVP, finished with 20 as Tomlin, who was named to the All-Tournament team added 17, Spencer Burns 13 and Trevon Stringer 10.
Patrick Bower scored a game high 24 points to lead Holley as Andrew Moseman added 9, Ryan Andrews 8, Braden Ferranti 6, John Mounts 3 and Nate Towne 2. Bower and Moseman were both named to the All-Tournament team.
Threes by Moseman, Andrews and Ferranti helped Holley jump out to a 13-8 first period lead.
The Hawks maintained a 28-24 advantage at the half as Moseman, Andrews and Mounts all hit threes in the second period.
Rochester Academy though rallied into a narrow 40-38 lead at the three-quarter mark as Tomlin scored 6 and Brown and Stringer 5 each in the third period.
Bower scored all 10 of Holley’s third period points to keep the Hawks close.
The lead then sea-sawed back and forth eight times in the wild fourth quarter before the Racers regained the upper hand for good by putting together the deciding 13-1 run to close.
Holley took its last lead at 51-50 on a three-point play by Bower who tallied 10 of the Hawks 14 final period points.