Lindsay Lane edges Sumiton Christian for tournament title

Murr scores 45 points for No. 3 Lions

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 12/30/17

SUMITON — Tommy Murr didn’t disappoint.

The top scorer in the state poured in 45 points, including 22 in the fourth quarter, as Lindsay Lane earned a thrilling 72-71 win over Sumiton Christian in the championship game of the Sumiton Christian Holiday Classic on Saturday.

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Lindsay Lane edges Sumiton Christian for tournament title

Murr scores 45 points for No. 3 Lions

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SUMITON — Tommy Murr didn’t disappoint.

The top scorer in the state poured in 45 points, including 22 in the fourth quarter, as Lindsay Lane earned a thrilling 72-71 win over Sumiton Christian in the championship game of the Sumiton Christian Holiday Classic on Saturday.

Murr’s free throws with 30 seconds left proved to be the difference. Sumiton Christian had one last chance for the win in the closing seconds, but was unable to get off a final shot.

The Eagles led by as many as eight points, at 54-46 early in the fourth quarter, but Murr — who averages 41.6 points per game — found his stroke, scoring 18 points in less than four minutes. He drove the lane for a basket at the 3:49 mark, giving the Lions a 64-60 lead.

Sumiton Christian didn’t go away.

The Eagles notched the score at 64-64 following a basket by Jeremy Brown and a driving layup by Judson Laird.

There were six lead changes over the final 2:25.

Isaiah Wright gave the Eagles a 66-65 lead. After Lindsay Lane’s Connor Holland knocked down a 3-pointer, Laird countered with one of his own for a 69-68 lead with 1:36 left.

Murr again gave the Lions the lead with a layup at the 1:09 mark. Brown’s basket with 41 seconds gave Sumiton Christian its final lead at 71-70.

No. 3 Lindsay Lane (17-1) seemed poised for a blowout win early, taking a 20-10 lead into the second quarter. Sumiton Christian fought back, holding the Lions to just seven points in the second quarter. Laird turned a steal into a score at the buzzer to give the Eagles a 29-27 halftime lead.

Murr, who had just 12 points at the half, scored 11 in the third quarter. Sumiton Christian closed the quarter with a 7-2 run — behind five points from Brown — for a 52-46 lead going into the fourth period.

For the Eagles (10-4), Brown and Laird each had 19 points, Wright added 18 and Ethan Morgan added 13.

Sumiton Christian hosts Heritage Christian on Thursday.

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Oakman 86, Falkville 61

Oakman snapped a five-game skid on Saturday, winning the seventh-place game of the Sumiton Christian Holiday Classic, 86-61 over Falkville.

The Wildcats controlled the game from the start, taking a 24-13 lead after the first quarter. Falkville cut the lead to seven points, 34-27, at the half, but Oakman exploded for 34 third-quarter points to take a comfortable 68-40 lead into the fourth.

For Oakman (4-6), Skylar Hice had 23 points, Christian Hubbard had 22 and Peyton Hill put in 10.

Oakman hosts Meek on Tuesday.