Panthers win McDonald’s title


By Chris Hoppes - [email protected]



Miami Trace sophomore Darby Tyree puts up a three-point shot during the McDonald’s Holiday Tournament championship game against Greeneview Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.


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McDONALD’S 2015 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM — (l-r); DeAndre Pettiford, Miami Trace, Most Valuable Player; Seth Leach, Miami Trace; Ethan Bradds and Kollyn Brooks, Greeneview; Zach Bayless, Madison Plains and Kamhar Jones, London.


Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

2015 McDONALD’S HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS, MIAMI TRACE — (front, l-r); Kaitlyn Ison, Madison Perry, Ceairra Puckett, Abbie Ellison, Morgan Mick, Brittani Hawk, Julia Barrett, Makayla Gentry; (middle, l-r); Keondrick Bryant, Skyler McDonald, Mitchell Creamer, Ian Herbert, Cameron Carter, Jacob Batson, Blake Pittser; (back, l-r); Truman Runyon, equipment manager; Rob Pittser, head coach; Tyrae Pettiford, DeAndre Pettiford, Darby Tyree, Seth Leach, Brad Card and coaches Eric Marting, Ross Matthews, Mychal Turner and Cory Patton.


Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

The Miami Trace Panthers made it four wins in a row as they captured the 2015 McDonald’s Holiday Tournament title with a 53-47 win over Greeneview Wednesday night.

For Miami Trace, junior DeAndre Pettiford was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points.

He was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Sophomore Darby Tyree had nine points and junior Seth Leach had five points. Leach was named to the all-tournament team for the Panthers.

For Greeneview, Ethan Bradds led with 14 points and Kollyn Brooks had 11 points. Both of those players were named to the all-tournament team.

In the consolation game Wednesday, London defeated Madison Plains, 58-46.

Zach Bayless, who led the Golden Eagles with 18 points and Kamhar Jones, who led the Red Raiders with 22 points, were both named to the all-tournament team.

In the title game, Miami Trace jumped out to a 17-5 first quarter lead.

At the half, the Panthers held the lead of 30-14.

Greeneview came out in the second half and promptly went on a 7-0 run.

The Panthers bumped the lead back up to 16 points before the Rams went on an 8-0 run to pull to within eight points, 37-29.

Panther sophomore Cameron Carter had a bucket and two free throws to stop that Greeneview run.

Bradds hit a late basket to make it 43-34 Miami Trace after three quarters of action.

Greeneview continued to scrap and claw and pulled to within three points with 2:24 to play in the game.

DeAndre Pettiford scored the next six points for the Panthers to give Miami Trace a nine-point lead.

The Rams could get no closer than six points and that was the winning margin for the Panthers, 53-47.

Miami Trace was concerned with, among other things, Greeneview’s three-point shooting coming into the title match-up.

Tuesday night, Greeneview hit nine threes against Madison Plains.

Wednesday, the Rams sank seven threes, which were a key to their staying in the game, according to Miami Trace head coach Rob Pittser.

“Those threes helped keep them in the game, or get them back in the game in the second half,” Pittser said.

“I thought we really started well and started fast,” Pittser said. “It was actually a very similar game to one we had against them two years ago in the tournament. We had a 16-point lead in the first half and it dwindled away and we had to go to overtime.

“It was kind of disheartening to see that big lead drop, but, our kids made enough plays to make it happen,” Pittser said. “They showed some guts late and made some good offensive decisions late in the game that we’ve had trouble making.

“It was bad that the game got tightly-contested,” Pittser said. “But, it was good to see how we operated in that situation because tonight we did some things well that we hadn’t in those situations early in the year.”

The Panthers began the season with a record of 2-4. They are now 6-4 overall and will visit Washington High School on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 to take on the Blue Lions. The j-v game starts it off at 6 p.m.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

MT 17 13 13 10 — 53

G 5 9 20 13 — 47

MIAMI TRACE — DeAndre Pettiford 8 (1)-3-22; Darby Tyree 3 (1)-0-9; Seth Leach 2-1-5; Blake Pittser 1-2-4; Jacob Batson 1-2-4; Cameron Carter 1-2-4; Skyler McDonald 0 (1)-0-3; Mitchell Creamer 1-0-2; Keondrick Bryant 0-0-0. TOTALS — 17 (3)-10-53. Free throw shooting: 10 of 16 for 62 percent. Three-point field goals: D. Pettiford, Tyree, McDonald. Combined field goal shooting: 20 of 52 for 38 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 3 of 20 for 15 percent. Rebounds: 26 (11 offensive). Assists: 7. Steals: 15. Blocks: 4. Turnovers: 10

GREENEVIEW — Ethan Bradds 2 (2)-4-14; Kollyn Brooks 1 (3)-0-11; Jack Randall 4-0-8; Austin Petry 1 (1)-0-5; Nick Fife 1 (1)-0-5; Dylan Lehotay 2-0-4. TOTALS — 11 (7)-4-47. Free throw shooting: 4 of 11 for 36 percent. Three-point field goals: Brooks, 3; Bradds, 2; Petry, Fife. Combined field goal shooting: 18 of 40 for 45 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 7 of 22 for 31 percent. Rebounds: 25 (5 offensive). Assists: 13. Blocks: 2. Turnovers: 20.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

L 19 16 7 16 — 58

MP 4 7 18 17 — 46

LONDON — Kamhar Jones 6 (2)-4-22; Grant Brooks 3-0-6; Darius Davis 3 (1)-0-9; Jalen Russell 0-0-0; Kade Anderson 4-1-9; Zach Webster 0-0-0; Chad Lett 3 (2)-0-12; K.J. Price 0-0-0. TOTALS — 19 (5)-5-58. Free throw shooting: 5 of 9 for 56 percent. Three-point field goals: Jones, 2; Lett, 2; Davis.

MADISON PLAINS — Andy Shunk 1 (1)-1-6; Hunter McConkey 1-0-2; Korben Robertson 1 (1)-0-5; Jacob Vallery 1-1-3; John Vallery 1-0-2; Cam Near 0 (1)-1-4; Ian Richards 1-0-2; Spencer Ruzicka 2-0-4; Zach Bayless 6-6-18. TOTALS — 14 (3)-9-46. Free throw shooting: 9 of 20 for 45 percent. Three-point field goals: Shunk, Robertson, Near.

Miami Trace sophomore Darby Tyree puts up a three-point shot during the McDonald’s Holiday Tournament championship game against Greeneview Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.
http://recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DarbyTyreetakesa3vsGreeneview12302015.jpgMiami Trace sophomore Darby Tyree puts up a three-point shot during the McDonald’s Holiday Tournament championship game against Greeneview Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

McDONALD’S 2015 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM — (l-r); DeAndre Pettiford, Miami Trace, Most Valuable Player; Seth Leach, Miami Trace; Ethan Bradds and Kollyn Brooks, Greeneview; Zach Bayless, Madison Plains and Kamhar Jones, London.
http://recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_McDonaldsboysalltournamentteamtake212302015.jpgMcDONALD’S 2015 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM — (l-r); DeAndre Pettiford, Miami Trace, Most Valuable Player; Seth Leach, Miami Trace; Ethan Bradds and Kollyn Brooks, Greeneview; Zach Bayless, Madison Plains and Kamhar Jones, London. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

2015 McDONALD’S HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS, MIAMI TRACE — (front, l-r); Kaitlyn Ison, Madison Perry, Ceairra Puckett, Abbie Ellison, Morgan Mick, Brittani Hawk, Julia Barrett, Makayla Gentry; (middle, l-r); Keondrick Bryant, Skyler McDonald, Mitchell Creamer, Ian Herbert, Cameron Carter, Jacob Batson, Blake Pittser; (back, l-r); Truman Runyon, equipment manager; Rob Pittser, head coach; Tyrae Pettiford, DeAndre Pettiford, Darby Tyree, Seth Leach, Brad Card and coaches Eric Marting, Ross Matthews, Mychal Turner and Cory Patton.
http://recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_MiamiTraceMcDonaldsboystournamentchamps2015.jpg2015 McDONALD’S HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS, MIAMI TRACE — (front, l-r); Kaitlyn Ison, Madison Perry, Ceairra Puckett, Abbie Ellison, Morgan Mick, Brittani Hawk, Julia Barrett, Makayla Gentry; (middle, l-r); Keondrick Bryant, Skyler McDonald, Mitchell Creamer, Ian Herbert, Cameron Carter, Jacob Batson, Blake Pittser; (back, l-r); Truman Runyon, equipment manager; Rob Pittser, head coach; Tyrae Pettiford, DeAndre Pettiford, Darby Tyree, Seth Leach, Brad Card and coaches Eric Marting, Ross Matthews, Mychal Turner and Cory Patton. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

By Chris Hoppes

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