Bermudian Springs’ Austin Hartzell shoots over New Oxford defender Ross Starner in the championship game of the Colonial Holiday Tournament on
Bermudian Springs' Austin Hartzell shoots over New Oxford defender Ross Starner in the championship game of the Colonial Holiday Tournament on Saturday at New Oxford High School. (THE EVENING SUN --- TYLER SIZEMORE)

Bermudian Springs High's boys basketball team claimed the 2012 Colonial Holiday Tournament title with a 41-29 win over host New Oxford on Saturday evening at New Oxford Senior High School.

"I thought we played hard defensively," Bermudian head coach Tom Flaherty said, "Yeah, that's one of our goals."

Littlestown captured some pride by winning the consolation game, 63-47, over York County Tech to claim third place.

Bermudian's Neil Murren was named tournament MVP after scoring 11 points against Littlestown on Thursday and 15 on Saturday against New Oxford.

Murren came up big in an especially important juncture of the championship game.

New Oxford, which trailed 22-7 at the half, came out in the third quarter and cut the Eagles' lead to 26-15 with a minute to go in the third.

Murren, Bermudian's leading scorer at 11.1 points per game coming into Saturday's game, had been held to just five points through most of the first three quarters.

"We still weren't out of it," Colonial head coach Jim Zinn said. "I told the kids at half that we're playing really bad, but we're only down 15 and we need to cut it to 10 going into the fourth."

In the final 50 seconds of the third, however, Murren erupted for seven points in a row to push the Bermudian lead to 18 with one quarter to go.

"He's the MVP of the tournament, a good kid and a good player," Zinn said. "We know he's a good shooter. He got free on a couple of plays that we really could have used stops going into the fourth."

Murren was joined on the all-tournament team by fellow Eagles Austin Hartzell and Neil Murren's cousin, Silas Murren. Hartzell recorded 12 points and four assists on Saturday.

New Oxford's Austin Kibler and Littlestown's Ryan Kehr rounded out the all-tournament team.

Kehr went for 25 points and seven rebounds in Littlestown's dismantling of York Tech in the third-place contest.

The Thunderbolts jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, thanks to crisp passing, quick ball movement and a red-hot shooting touch.

"This was kind of our breakout game for us on offense and defense," Littlestown head coach Scott Motter said. "We knew that it was soon coming. The thing we had in the back of our mind coming into tonight with York Tech was that earlier this year they beat Bermudian and gave us a back-and-forth game the first time."

Littlestown, which racked up 15 assists, got 13 points from Kehr in the first, but did not let its foot off the gas pedal.

Littlestown’s Garrett Trout, right, drives past York County School of Technology’s Mike Lynch during the consolation game of the Colonial
Littlestown's Garrett Trout, right, drives past York County School of Technology's Mike Lynch during the consolation game of the Colonial Holiday Tournament on Saturday at New Oxford High School. Littlestown won, 63-47. (THE EVENING SUN --- TYLER SIZEMORE)

The Thunderbolts went on a 15-2 run to close the first half and took a commanding 42-10 lead into the break.

Braden Becker recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while adding four assists. Becker made three mini-hook shots in the first half.

York began a slow ascension back into the game in the second half, but it was too late to salvage the victory.

The Spartans closed the third quarter on a 17-2 run to cut into the lead at 51-29.

"It was different for us," Motter said about having a large lead. "For the first time, we could sit on the bench and know that, if we do things right, it will pay off. It was big for the kids to get some enjoyment sitting on the bench."

 

Saturday's Boys' Results
New Oxford Holiday Tournament
Championship
   Bermudian Springs 41, New Oxford 29
Consolation
   Littlestown 63, York County Tech 47
  

LITTLESTOWN (63)
   Hildebrand 2 0-0 4, Strevig 0 0-0 0, Austin Towner 5 3-6 14, Ryan Kehr 11 0-0 25, Alejandrez 0 0-2 0, Reynolds 0 1-2 1, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Trout 3 0-1 6, Braden Becker 4 3-5 11, Reed 1 0-2 2. Totals26 7-18 63.
YORK COUNTY TECH (47)
   Ford 1 0-0 3, Medina 2 0-0 6, Smith 1 0-0 2, Mitchell 1 0-0 3, Lynch 0 1-2 1, Patrice 4 0-0 8, Grim 1 1-2 3, Rivera 0 2-2 2, McGhee 1 0-0 2, Henderson 3 1-1 9, Forrest 0 0-0 0, Williams 2 4-6 8. Totals 16 9-13 47.
Littlestown   24  18    9  12 -- 63
York County Tech     4    6  19  18 -- 47
   3-point goals -- Littlestown 4 (Kehr 3, Towner); Yrok County Tech 6 (Medina 2, Henderson 2, Ford, Mitchell).
   JV score -- No game.
  

BERMUDIAN SPRINGS (41)
   Huntington 1 2-2 4, R. Markle 0 0-0 0, Neil Murren 5 3-4 15, Orwig 1 0-1 2, S. Murren 3 0-0 6, Stroup 0 0-0 0, B. Markle 1 0-0 2, Austin Hartzell 4 3-4 12, Shearer 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0, Horst 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 8-11 41.
NEW OXFORD (29)
   Slusser 1 0-0 2, Kibler 3 0-0 6, Groft 1 0-0 2, Trimmer 0 0-0 0, Starner 2 0-2 4, Beans 2 0-1 4, Wildasin 0 0-0 0, O'Brien 1 2-2 4, Decinti 1 0-0 2, Ernst 2 0-0 5, Morningstar 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 2-5 29.
Bermudian Springs   7  15  11    8 -- 41
New Oxford   5    2    8  14 -- 29
   3-point goals -- Bermudian Springs 3 (N. Murren, Hartzell); New Oxford 1 (Ernst).
   JV score -- New Oxford 44, York County Tech 17.