FULTON – Tippecanoe Valley’s boys basketball team had entered the Caston Tournament losers of three of its last four games – the lone win a four-overtime classic with Whitko – but left Caston sitting at 5-5 overall after two wins Friday in the getback games.
Valley smashed the hosts in the morning consolation game, 46-22, holding the Comets to just 33 percent shooting from the floor. In its place game, Valley claimed fifth place in the tourney with a 44-36 win over Knox.
Valley had its top scorers doing their jobs in the Caston win, this time led by Keith Wright with 15 points. Alec Craig added 12 points and four assists, and Jarod Duzenbery had 10 points, six boards and a pair of steals.
Caston had Brandon Kinser take half of its shots, but was just 4-12 from the floor in scoring 11 points to pace the Comets.
In the night contest, Valley once again did the job defensively, holding the Redskins to 36 percent shooting. Kooper Broeker was the high man for Knox with 19 points, but Eian Coad’s eight points was double the third output for Knox.
Valley’s big three again paced the squad, Wright and Craig both scoring 13 points and Duzenbery finishing with nine points and six rebounds.
Valley actually trailed 29-27 in the fourth quarter before stringing a 17-7 final frame.
Lowell won the title with an 85-68 victory over Oregon-Davis. Central Noble took third with a 72-31 win against South Bend Career Academy and Eastern (Greentown) beat Caston 40-30 for seventh place.
Tippecanoe Valley will host Northfield in a Three Rivers Conference matchup on Jan. 6 and visit Plymouth on Jan. 7.