WEHS boys capture tournament title

  • Desmond Murray of the Blue Devils goes in for two of his game high 19 points against the Trojans.

The Williston-Elko High varsity boys claimed top prize in the Hawks’ Holiday basketball tournament with a 63-54 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta High on Saturday night in the championship game.

The first half was tight with eight lead changes. The Trojans briefly took a six-point lead late in the second quarter before the Blue Devils fought back to take a two-point halftime lead.

The Blue Devils continued to control the tempo in the second half behind senior point guard Desmond Murray.

Murray scored 10 of his game-high 19 points as the Blue Devils outscored the Trojans 29-23 during the final two quarters.

Murray, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, also added 10 assists, seven rebounds and four steals

With the win, Williston-Elko High closed out the tournament 3-0.

They improve to 8-2 overall in the standings. Williston-Elko High coach Mark Crossland said the team came up big against a very talented Ridge Spring-Monetta squad.

“My team displayed great grit and determination tonight,” Crossland said. “It was a challenge for us going in because they have really good guards though we did a good job of containing their guards. We played a lot of man-to-man defense which helped cut down on their dribble penetration and scoring inside.”

Offensively, the Blue Devils had several other players stepping up in the title game. Shooting guard Austin Smith was one of those players. Smith turned in his best game of the season with 17 points, including two three-pointers and six assists.

Demarkiis Doe also had a good night shooting from the perimeter. Doe went six of eight from the field for 15 points. He also recorded seven rebounds.

The Blue Devils’ top rebounder and second leading scorer Keshawn Toney was double-teamed most of the game. Despite being keyed on, Toney still managed seven points and 12 rebounds.

Defensively for the Blue Devils were Leon Dorch, Tyran Parker and Demarkiis Doe who were credited with superb play in the game.

In the semifinals played Friday, the Blue Devils cruised past in-county rival Barnwell High by a score of 54-44.

For the Blue Devils, three players scored in double digits led by Murray with 20 points. Toney recorded a double double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Austin Smith added 10 points and four steals.