It took 29 points from Dan Abbott for Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School's basketball team to slide past Putnam County to claim the Clinton Holiday Tournament championship, 68-61, Wednesday night.
The senior manufactured six 3-pointers and drained all seven of his free throws.
"I wasn't shooting the ball that well before tonight, but I just got hot and kept going up with it," Abbott said. "We really had great play from everyone. It has taken about a month to adjust from playing football, but we're starting to put things together."
The Chiefs (8-3) did what they could to limit Putnam County's talented post player Carlton Fay. The junior fought through multiple defenders and still scored 23 points and collected 10 rebounds.
Dee-Mack head coach Mitch Holmgren felt his team executed the game plan the coaching staff drew up.
"We just wanted to control Fay. We knew we couldn't stop him," Holmgren said. "Our goal was to keep him off balance by double teaming and fronting him."
Fay's play solidified him as the tournament's most outstanding player.
It appeared the Chiefs' title hopes were nearly crushed as they trailed by nine points midway through the second quarter. A 13-2 run to close the half shifted the game's momentum and Dee-Mack played with a lead the rest of the way.
Seniors Derek Morrow and Benny Frietsch played supporting roles in the Chiefs' win. Morrow scored 12 points and delivered six assists, while Frietsch ended the night with eight points and five rebounds. Both players were selected to the all-tournament team for their play over the last three days.
Clinton 84, Roanoke 69
A night after losing on their home floor, the Maroons took down Roanoke-Benson to capture third place.
Senior Kameron Bell was sensational for Clinton. He poured in 35 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and dished out eight assists on his way to being named to the all-tournament team.
"I haven't shown up until the second half this entire tournament," Bell said. "Tonight everyone was hitting, which created more opportunities for me."
Roanoke-Benson pushed the game to a 34-34 tie at the break, but a 10-2 run from the Maroons to open the second half nixed the Rockets' chances for victory.
Tyler Rasmusson finished the game with 19 points and nine rebounds on his way to being named to the all-tournament team.
Fisher 60, Lovington 43
The Bunnies hopped out to a 15-point halftime lead, pacing their victory over Lovington in the fifth-place game.
Kyle Wantland was once again the driving force behind Fisher's success. The senior scored 19 points and hauled in 14 rebounds. Wantland along with Lovington's Michael Reed were members of the all-tournament team. Reed guided the Panthers with 19 points.
Lovington committed 17 turnovers and stepped up to the charity stripe just three times the entire contest.