The varsity boys participated in the Eula Tournament Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28, and came home with one win in four games played. The tough competition and packed game schedule were the biggest silver linings for the Cubs, who have had many games canceled due to weather concerns during the past few weeks.
“We were able to get four games in,” Coach Carl Pennington said. “And we were very competitive in each game. We got to play different styles we’ll see in district.”
Olney 49, Jim Ned 44
Olney’s only win of the tournament came during the Cubs’ opening round versus Jim Ned on Dec. 27. The Cubs led 4-2 after one period of play, but trailed 23-21 at the half. In the third period, Olney battled back to re-take a 34-32 lead, then held off Jim Ned in the fourth period. In the final frame, Olney added 15 points and allowed Jim Ned only 12.
Cooper Pulliam led the team with 18 points, followed by Tanner Thompson and Tracey Jones with 11 apiece, Lane Spivey with four and Robert Colgan with one.
Olney 41, Eula 59
The tournament-host team handed the Cubs a loss in their second tournament match. Olney came out strong and pulled away to a 14-13 lead after the first quarter, but an 18 point second quarter by Eula put Olney down 31-21 at the half. In the third period, the Cubs outscored Eula 10-8, but Eula added 20 in the final period and held Olney to just 10 to secure the win.
Thompson topped Olney with 13 points, followed by Pulliam with nine, Jones and Flavio Cardenas with six each, Colgan with four, Carson Fite with two and Riley Rollans with one.
Olney 36, Kermit 54
Kermit led the Cubs from the beginning of their tournament match at Eula. Olney scored eight in the first half while Kermit posted 25. Both teams scored 13 in the third period and Olney finished with 15 in the fourth.
Pulliam led Olney with 12 points, followed by Rollans and Colgan with five each, Thompson and Fite with four apiece and Jones and Brent McCorkle with three each.
Olney 32, Clyde 42
The Clyde Bulldogs ended Olney’s turn in the Eula Tournament with another loss. Olney led 13-12 after the first period, but scored only three in the second to trail 26-16 at the half. The Cubs posted eight in each of the final two periods while Clyde added seven in the third and nine in the fourth.
Thompson once again led the team with 13 points, followed by Pulliam with eight, Spivey with four, Fite with three and Colgan and McCorkle with two apiece.
District action for the Cubs began Tuesday night at Windthorst and will continue at home versus Seymour Friday, Jan. 10. The JV girls start at 4 p.m., followed by the JV boys, varsity girls and then varsity Cubs. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Lady Cubs and Cubs JV and varsity teams travel to Petrolia, with games starting at 4 p.m.