High School Basketball

Holmes solves Station, takes title

This time, Holmes controlled the fourth quarter and defeated Bryan Station 74-56 in the finals of the Defenders of the Station Invitational Tuesday night.

The second-ranked Bulldogs regained the lead in the first half-minute of the final period and cruised to victory on the No. 17 Defenders' home court.

Earlier, Ballard captured third place with an 84-67 victory over Henry Clay.

Earlier this season, Bryan Station controlled the final eight minutes, outpointing Holmes 29-14 and winning 86-72 in the Commodore Classic.

There was no repeat Tuesday night.

Elijah Pittman completed a three-point play to give Holmes a 47-45 lead. Teammate Jeremiah Johnson made a layup, then Pittman followed with a jumper and putback to end an 8-0 run, giving Holmes a 53-45 lead.

Bryan Station missed its first six shots of the period before Montell Morones made a three-pointer to end the Defenders' scoreless spell of almost three minutes, including the last of the third quarter.

The teams had six unsuccessful possessions before Morones scored on a layup, cutting the deficit to53-50.

Holmes went on an 8-0 run and led 61-50.

Pittman, who made the Sweet 16 all-tournament team last season, finished with 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting, including back-to-back dunks that sealed the victory.

"He's got a chance to be special," Holmes Coach David Henley said. "He came on at the end of last year, and he keeps getting better."

Henley was pleased with his team's defense, which held Bryan Station to 27.9 percent from the field. The Defenders were streaky, hot and times and cold most of the game.

"We're a different team when we're not pressing," Henley said. "When we focus and find our man, we're much better. That killed us the last time."

The Defenders were led by Morones with 24 points.

Bryan Station scored the first 10 points on two threes by Cameron Richardson and a four-point play by Morones.

Holmes scored on its sixth possession to start a 9-0 run.

The Defenders led 15-13 at the end of the quarter.

Holmes took its first lead, 29-27, on a pair of free throws by Ricardo Johnson with 2.4 seconds left in the half.

No. 13 Ballard 84, Henry Clay 67: The Bruins didn't miss from behind the arc, hitting all six of their shots in the first quarter.

Ballard (7-3) got 15 points in the quarter from Wesley Cox, who made three shots from long range.

Henry Clay (6-3) led 4-3 before the Bruins took the lead for good, 8-7. Cox then delivered his three treys over the next few minutes as the lead expanded to 20-12.

After Cox made three free throws when fouled behind the arc, teammates Devante Parker and Isaiah Baker finished the quarter with threes and a 33-18 lead.

The Blue Devils got within seven points (35-28) when the Bruins managed only a layup in the first 51/2 minutes of the second quarter.

Cox then delivered back-to-back three-pointers, and Ballard led 46-33 at intermission.

Cox took only one shot in the second half and led all scorers with 27 points.

Prince Stewart led Henry Clay with 19 points. T.J. Barnes had 15 points and 10 rebounds.