ERIE, Ill. — Mercer County opened the ninth-place game with an 18-3 first-quarter scoring blitz and went on to defeat host Erie 69-37 on Monday on the final day of the Cliff Warkins Memorial Cardinal Classic boys basketball tournament.
Four Golden Eagles scored in double digits, led by Tyson Nylin’s 21 points. Austin Jackson added 16 points, Trenton Higgins scored 13 and Brandon Butcher finished with 10.
Kenneth Cole scored 13 to lead Erie, which was outscored in every quarter but the second. Sean Maloney added 10 points in the loss.
Mustangs take 12th
Kaleb Church led all players with 18 points, but that wasn’t enough for Morrison as Orion edged the Mustangs 47-44 in the 11th-place game.
Christian Allen, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Orion with 14 points, and Noah Clarke added 13. Hunter Hamstra added 14 for Morrison.
In Monday’s other games:
• Kewanee Wethersfield won the championship, beating Stockton 77-69. Trevor Lay, named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, led Wethersfield with 25 points, while Tucker Nichols added 21, Jake Bennett scored 12 and Matt Jenkins pitched in with 11. Jenkins also was named to the all-tournament squad.
Stockton, which trailed 24-18 after one quarter, was led by Trey Timpe’s 25 points. He also was picked on the 10-player all-tournament team.
• Knoxville made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but Bureau Valley outscored the Blue Bombers 9-7 in the extra session to win the third-place game 58-56. Parker Neuhalfen, voted to the all-tournament team, led the Storm with 18 points, while Tommy Johnston added 14.
Tyler Houston led all scorers with 33 points, helping Knoxville overcome a 41-28 deficit after three quarters. Houston and teammate Andrew Hale (13 points) represented Knoxville on the all-tournament team.
• Peoria Heights sealed its 72-47 victory for fifth place against Stark County by outscoring the Rebels 26-14 in the fourth quarter. Hank Thomas scored 21 for the winners, while all-tournament selection Ron Willis added 16. Logan Hollis scored 15, including four 3-pointers, to lead Stark County, while all-tournament pick Jake Berchtold added 10.