The Kerens Bobcats returned to the Kiwanis Classic and gave fans three inspiring games and took home third place Saturday night.
They faced the Corsicana JV team, which was making a rare appearance in the tournament, and beat the Tigers 45-42 to take home third.
But the real story for Augustus Moore’s Kerens team was the way his players performed over the three-day tournament.
The Bobcats beat Mildred in the opening night game 49-48 on a put-back by Tyler Carter with 5.3 seconds left, and then lost a heartbreaker to Kiwanis champ Rice in the semifinals Friday night in the best game of the tournament — a 67-63 overtime thriller that saw both Kerens and Rice make dramatic runs throughout the game.
Kerens spread the ball and spread three wealth against the Tigers JV team as nine Bobcats scored points.
CJ Davis and RJ Mornes led the team with seven points apiece and LD Cumby (6) and Carter (6) followed.
Desmond Lindsey scored five points and Jaylon Cumby and Treylynn Lindsey scored four points apiece. Cody Crawford and Josh Brown scored three points apiece.
Corsicana was led by Johnathan Reese’s 15-point effort.
Jarrell Jennings scored 10 points and Esh Kassim hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with six points.
Mateo Bryan scored five points and Zaquavion Chandler and Chris Degrate scored three points each for the Tigers.
Corsicana made 11 3-pointers. Reese led the way with four bombs and Jennings and Kassim hit two apiece.