The Jay Bulldogs basketball team captured the 16th Annual Adair Invitational basketball tournament over the weekend with a 48-33 defeat of Westville in Saturday’s Championship Game.
“We had a pretty good showing and I was pleased,” said Bulldog Head Coach Wes Hayes. “Our defensive effort was strong.”
Against Westville the Bulldogs (3-2) trailed 17-16 at the intermission before hitting their stride in the third and outscoring the Yellowjackets 18-8 to take control of the game. Jay held Westville to eight points in the fourth quarter to ice the Championship.
“We probably could have done a little bit better job of being disciplined,” said Hayes. “We bailed them out with a couple of silly fouls.
“Overall it was a great defensive performance by us,” Hayes said. “We challenged our kids at halftime to respond to the adversity of being behind. We were down by one and that was because of our failure to execute in the paint. We challenged the kids to respond in the right way and they did and that’s what I was most pleased with.”
Senior post Chance Tuder had two points in the first half before scoring ten in the second to lead the Jay scorers with 12 points.
“It was a great feeling,” Tuder said about the tournament championship. “It’s the first time that we’ve ever had a championship while I’ve been here, at least since junior high.
“We have a lot of people coming off the bench and contributing,” Tuder added. “Everybody is playing really good right now. We want to have a good run and we want to get a State Tournament birth.”
The Bulldogs opened tournament play with a 75-34 first round win over Okay on Monday. Jay defeated Wyandotte 56-49 in the semi-final match last Thursday.
Tuder led the Bulldog scorers against Wyandotte with 13 points, including an eight-point second quarter. Parker Warner added 11 while Josh Ramsey and Chuckie Larrabee each scored eight.
Ramsey scored nine against Westville with Warner adding six.
Jay Bulldogs @ Adair Invitational
Jay 75 Okay 34
Jay 56 Wyandotte 49
Jay 48 Westville 33