LEBANON — On a night when the Madison Trojans needed to be at their best, it was a different Madison which had the final say at the 16th annual Lebanon/BSN Sports Thanksgiving Tournament.
The College Prep at Madison Bears used a 28-10 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half and went on for a 65-43 title game win on Saturday before a large crowd at Lebanon High School.
Senior guard Anthony Lee hit a pair long-range 3-point jumpers and tallied 10 of his first-half points during a near flawless second quarter for the Bears.
Trailing 10-8 after one quarter, College Prep of Madison, which is based in St. Louis, outscored the Trojans 22-8 and took a 30-18 lead into halftime.
When Arlando Cook, DeVonte Dilliard and Courtney Lewis scored in the opening 45 seconds of the third quarter, the Bears (4-0) led 36-18 and had all but wrapped up a second straight title game win over the Trojans.
"We like coming over here (Illinois) to play in this tournament and then again at Centralia (Holiday Tournament) in a couple of weeks," Bears coach Altonio Irons said. "It gives us a chance to play against different style teams that we don't get to see in the city. Plus it gives us a chance to bond a little bit.
"We knew coming in to this season that we had some young kids and that it might take them a while to blend in. But I like what I see. If we keep progressing we could really have something special by the end of the season.''
Cook led the Bears with 18 points, while Anthony Lee added 14.
Senior Darrian Crawford led Madison (3-1) with nine points.
"That's a very good basketball team and we knew coming in that we needed to be able to handle their pressure and keep them off the boards," Trojans coach Jaime Cotto-Rodriguez said. "We did neither."
Nashville 48, Columbia 30
Top-ranked in the Class 2A preseason state poll, the Hornets played solid defense and got 20 points from sophomore Royce Newman as they blew past the cold-shooting Eagles in the third-place game.
Beaten by Madison 44-42 on Wednesday, Nashville (3-1) led 24-18 at halftime then got baskets from Newman, junior Daniel Thorsen and senior Hunter Beetley to start the second half.
Columbia would get no closer then six points the rest of the way.
"We knew coming in that Columbia was a very good, well coached team. We played well to get a lead on them in the first half and had a chance to open an even bigger lead. But they came back,'' Nashville coach Brad Weathers said. "Some of that was because of things we did.
"But overall. I was pleased. I thought we did a good job on the defensive end of the court.''
Sophomore Korbin Farmer led Columbia with 10 points.
Wesclin 70, Freeburg 66
Outsized and outmuscled, the Warriors were blazing early and held off the Midgets in the fifth-place contest.
Senior guard Alex Smith led a balanced attack with 24 points for Wesclin, which also got 16 points from Jarad Steenbergen and 11 from both Jared Timmermann and Justin Goff.
Wesclin (2-2) needed all the offense from its perimeter shooters that it could muster as it went up against a Midgets team which features 6-foot, 9-inch senior Justin Diecker and 6-4 sophomore Zach Diecker.
"The game plan was to get up and down the floor and hopefully wear their big kids down a little bit," Warriors coach Andrew Wilson said. "It's a little tough going up against 6-9, 6-4 when you are playing five 6-1 kids,''
"We shot the ball very well, but we work hard on our shooting every day in practice.''
Justin Diecker led Freeburg with 20 points while Zach Diecker chipped in with 12 points.
Southwestern 47, Lebanon 42
The Birds saw a 15-point lead disappear, but made six straight free throws in the final 1:54 to escape with a win in the seventh-place game.
Lebanon, which trailed 17-2 less than five minutes into the game, rallied and tied the score at 39 with 1:59 remaining when senior Taylor Schmitt made one of two free throws.
But the Birds responded.
Sophomore Tyler Rose canned two throws and added a short jumper from the lane and when junior guard Briston Johnson made two free throws, Southwestern led 45-39 with under a minutes left.
Rose led Southwestern with 25 points. Schmitt paced Lebanon with 14 points, while Shayne Price added 11.