Wildcats top Tuckerman for Kell Classic title

Thursday, January 11, 2018
The Trumann Wildcats won their first ever Kell Classic title with their win over Tuckerman this past Saturday in Swifon. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Trumann (8-7) outscored Tuckerman 22-18 in the fourth quarter to give the Wildcats a 58-54 win and their first ever Kell Classic title this past Saturday in Swifton.

The Bulldogs got on the board first with a three-pointer as Cody Roland answered with a three-ball for Trumann to make it 3-3 early. Tuckerman scored inside before Isaiah Haynie scored in the paint for the Wildcats to tie the game at 5. The Bulldogs scored the next five points to go up 10-5 as Roland canned a trey for Trumann to make it 10-8 with 4:38 left. Tuckerman scored inside, Alex Moses hit a jumper for Trumann, the Bulldogs hit a jumper only to see the Wildcats reel off the next 10 points as Kelon Booker hit a three-pointer, Ben Turner got a steal and finished with a one-handed slam dunk before Booker hit another three-pointer and got a basket inside to make it 20-14 Trumann after one.

Roland pushed Trumann's lead to 23-14 with a three-ball early in the second quarter only to see Tuckerman score eight straight points to cut the lead to 23-22 with 4:27 left. MJ Barnes hit a jumper in the lane for the Wildcats as Roland hit two free throws for Trumann to make the score 27-22 Wildcats. The Bulldogs hit two technical free throws after a Trumann player grab the rim as Roland hit a jumper for Trumann with less than a minute left to give the Wildcats a 29-24 lead at the half.

Trumann's Ben Turner throws down a one-handed slam dunk during championship game action against Tuckerman. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

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