The Golden Eagles played long ball at the First Federal Savings Holiday Tournament.
Big Walnut buried seven three-point goals in defeating host Newark Catholic 53-40 in the tournament’s championship game play Friday Saturday night in Newark.
In Friday’s first round matchup with Alliance Marlington, Eric Myers’ cagers netted 10 treys, including the game-winner by Matt Tarney in the waning seconds, in a 61-60 victory over the Dukes.
Big Walnut (4-4) closed out Newark Catholic (7-2) with an 18-0 fourth-quarter run led by Michael Buckles to turn what was a 35-35 tie at the end of three quarters into a 13-point victory. The Golden Eagles counted seven three-pointers, including three by Tarney, in the win. Buckles, Zac Asher, Logan Boyd, Chase LaVeer and Buckles also netted treys.
Buckles netted 7 of his game-high 15 points in the fourth-period Golden Eagle scoring spree. Boyd followed Buckles with 12 points while Tarney added 9 and Asher 8 points.
Max Hogue, who counted a trio of treys, led the Green Wave with 11 points. Joe Moerman followed with 10 points.
BIG WALNUT 61, ALLIANCE MARLINGTON 60 — With the Golden Eagles trailing 60-58, Matt Tarney drilled his fourth 3-point basket with eight seconds remaining on the clock to give Big Walnut a 3-point lead. The Dukes’ Tyler Oakes, who had four treys on the night, launched a three that fell short of its mark as time ran out.
Logan Boyd, who hit two threes on the night, paced Big Walnut (3-4) with a game-high 18 points. Nick Herbert, who joined the longball parade with three threes, followed with 17 points. Tarney connected on four treys and finished with 12 points.
Marlington led 24-19 after the first 16 minutes, but Big Walnut rallied, outscoring the Dukes 22-16 in the third quarter to take a 41-40 lead going into the deciding fourth quarter. In what was a competitive final eight minutes, both teams put 20 points on the board to set the stage for Tarney’s game-winning basket.
Thomas Mason led Marlington, matching Boyd with 18 points. Oakes followed with 16 and Jacob Sawman with 11 points.