Anthony Sanders clapped hands with his teammates, got in the middle of a postgame circle and performed a back flip.

It seems the Athens star can do just about anything.

In front of a packed audience, Sanders scored a game-high 31 points to help deliver Athens the Gold Bracket title with an 82-72 win against Whitehouse in the Wagstaff Holiday Classic on Saturday night.

"I did that in football and it just carried over to basketball," Sanders said of the roundhouse celebration.

On the Tyler Junior College campus, Sanders willed the Hornets with a 15-point fourth quarter against a scrappy Wildcats team that wouldn't go away despite trailing throughout.

It was the second championship game at Wagstaff Gymnasium; Grace Community claimed the Apache Bracket with a 68-61 win against Brownsboro earlier in the night.

 

ATHENS 82, WHITEHOUSE 72

Sanders proved to be the most valuable player in the tournament, finishing the game with 11 rebounds, eight steals and four assists. He helped the Hornets (Class 3A No. 23 TABC) fend off a comeback attempt in which Whitehouse pulled to within four points, 70-66, with just over three minutes to go.

"It feels good to be a 3A team and to come in and beat the big 4A teams," Sanders said. "Two weeks ago we were in the championship game of the Wills Point tournament and we came up short."

Ryan Jefferson added 18 points and for Athens (15-1), which beat Bullard Brook Hill and John Tyler in the first two rounds. Courtland Lyons added 14 points.

Spencer Shaw had 21 points and Brady Hill had 19 points and 10 boards for Whitehouse, which fell to 13-4 on the year. Teammate Jake Parker had 13 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and three steals, but sat out the final 2 minutes, 30 seconds after getting called for an intentional foul.

Athens took a 40-32 lead into the break thanks to Sanders scoring on a steal and layup as time expired in the second quarter. The Hornets led by as many as 11 earlier in the quarter, but kept having to fight off Whitehouse's comeback attempts led by Shaw, Hill and Parker.

Sanders scored 14 points in the half, plus had five rebounds, five steals and four assists. The senior scored the Hornets' first 10 points in the first three minutes of the first quarter, but didn't score again until 29 seconds remained in the second.

Jefferson, in the meantime, helped out with the scoring to finish the half with 12 points.

Hill led Whitehouse with nine points in the half.

 

GRACE COMMUNITY 68, CHAPEL HILL 61

Grace used a 12-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarter to pull ahead by double figures. The Cougars then made 7 of 10 shots from the foul line down the stretch to prevail for the Apache Bracket title.

Grace, which beat Van and Chapel Hill in the first two rounds, got solid performances from its leading players to improve to 16-3 on the season. Trevor Gunter led the way with a 20-point effort, while Verlo Levels contributed 16 points, Andrew Melhart added 13 points and Phillip McKinney finished with 11 points, eight assists and five steals.

Quentin McKenzie finished with a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds for Brownsboro, which fell to 10-9 on the year after beating Bullard and Troup in the first two rounds. Tamrick Pace (13 points) and Clay McCoy (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Bears, which dominated the glass in the first half and went into the break tied with the Cougars at 32-32.

 

HOUSTON REDEMPTION CHRISTIAN 64, JOHN TYLER 44

Redemption Christian claimed third place in the Gold Bracket with a 64-44 win against John Tyler on Saturday at Wagstaff Gymnasium.

The Pride outscored the Lions 31-17 in the second half to pull away and complete the tournament 2-1. Redemption is a home school based in Houston.

Justin Smith-Wells finished with a game-high 17 points to lead the Pride, which improved to 15-9 on the season following Friday's loss to Whitehouse. Bijan Johnson added 16 points and 6-10 post Khadeem Lattin finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, including several highlight dunks.

Lattin is a University of Oklahoma pledge and the son of former WNBA player Monica Lamb, who helped the Houston Comets win three straight titles from 1998-2000. His grandfather, David Lattin, played center for Texas Western's historic 1966 national championship team.

Keaunte Humber scored 10 points for John Tyler, which fell to 7-7 on the year.

 

CHAPEL HILL 62, TROUP 56

Keilon Moore and Gabe Robinson combined for 33 points to lead Chapel Hill past Troup, 62-56, in the third-place game of the Apache Bracket.

Moore finished with 17 points and Robinson added 16 for the Bulldogs, who fell to Grace Community in the semifinals Friday.

Moore also had seven rebounds.

The game was tied 14-14 after the first quarter and 28-28 at halftime, but Chapel Hill led by as many as 11 points in the fourth.

Marcus Kincade finished with a game-high 22 points to lead Troup, which fell to 3-13 on the year. Chance Selvidge contributed 13 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers, who fell to Brownsboro in the semifinals.


Floyd Wagstaff Holiday Classic

Thursday, Dec. 26

Game 1: Troup 58, Bishop T.K. Gorman 51

Game 2: Brownsboro 39, Bullard 37

Game 3: Chapel Hill 67, King's Academy 51

Game 4: Grace Community 89, Van 51

Game 5: Athens 73, Brook Hill 57

Game 6: John Tyler 68, North Forney 44

Game 7: Houston Redemption Christian 58, Lindale 49

Game 8: Whitehouse 73, All Saints 58

 

Friday, Dec. 27

Game 9: Bullard 81, Bishop T.K. Gorman 74

Game 10: Van 76, King's Academy 51

Game 11: North Forney 54, Brook Hill 37

Game 12: All Saints 57, Lindale 53

Game 13: Brownsboro 67, Troup 52

Game 14: Grace Community 71, Chapel Hill 65

Game 15: Athens 80, John Tyler 67

Game 16: Whitehouse 63, Houston Redemption 59

 

Saturday, Dec. 28

Game 17: Bishop Gorman 94, King's Academy 63

Game 18: Bullard 47, Van 38

Game 19: Lindale 61, Brook Hill 57

Game 20: All Saints 72, North Forney 59

Game 21: Chapel Hill 62, Troup 56

Game 22: Houston Redemption 64, John Tyler 44

Game 23: Grace 68, Brownsboro 61

Game 24: Athens 82, Whitehouse 72

 

Saturday's Box Scores

Game 17

Apache Bracket Consolation

Bishop Gorman 94, King's Academy 63

Gorman 23 21 23 27 — 94

King's Academy 11 20 18 14 — 63

GORMAN — Samuel Townsend, 3; Judah Bell, 13; Christian Watkins, 6; Nicholas Felix, 0; Sean Goforth, 27; Chris Danly, 6; Michael Goodwin, 2; Adam Aucar, 0; Tyler Bate, 2; Garrett Thibodeaux, 26; Cantrell Freeman, 9.

KING'S ACADEMY — Andrew McQuistion, 0; Levi Taylor, 21; Luke Merritt, 6; Koleson Sutsch, 2; Race Bares, 2; Benjamin Flanders, 16; Joseph Flanders, 0; James Baber, 5; Phillip McKinney, 11.

THREE POINT GOALS — TKG: Townsend, Goforth (5), Danly, Thibodeaux, Freeman. KA: Merritt (2).

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Game 18

Apache Bracket Fifth Place

Bullard 47, Van 38

Bullard 8 11 15 13 — 47

Van 12 7 8 11 — 38

BULLARD — William Baker, 3; Travis Kotzur, 0; Andrew Thomas, 5; Conner Mebane, 0; Zach Eschberger, 2; Slater Rodberg, 3; Major Tennison, 5; Landen Beckham, 11; Drew Gurley, 0; Kyler Whatley, 5; Hunter Landrum, 6; Eric Barb, 7.

VAN — Kendrick Jones, 0; Brock Moore, 4; Michael Allbright, 0; Layton Myers, 0; Xavier Sherman, 5; Carson Rucker, 23; Drew Boroughs, 4; Nick Wilkerson, 0; Austin Prater, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS — B: Thomas, Landrum. V: Moore, Rucker.

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Game 19

Gold Bracket Consolation

Lindale 61, Bullard Brook Hill 57

Brook Hill 18 12 20 7 — 57

Lindale 14 20 9 18 — 61

BROOK HILL — Alex Hale, 13; Grant Hanks, 16; Jake Anderson, 4; Phillip Kitt, 7; Clayton Engel, 16; Eddie Briggs, 1.

LINDALE — Laettner Greenhill, 4; Mason Terry, 19; Garrett Sir Louis, 0; Jordan Gray, 16; Court Brown, 5; Brian Boaz, 6; Travon Griffin, 0; Jacob Capo, 11.

THREE POINT GOALS — BH: Hanks (4), Kitt, Engel (3). L: Terry (6), Gray (4), Brown.

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Game 20

Gold Bracket Fifth Place

All Saints 72, North Forney 59

North Forney 11 21 16 11 — 59

All Saints 17 23 11 21 — 72

NORTH FORNEY — Breylon Jordan, 10; Tyrell Choice, 14; Kobie Jefferson, 5; JaCorey Jones, 16; Parrish Choice, 6; Cameron Justice, 0; Jacoby Armstrong, 0; Panashe Mangwiro, 2; Zane McFarland, 6.

ALL SAINTS — Aston Francis, 17; Gill Clements, 12; Matthew Brunson, 4; Clayton Smith, 9; Sean Phillips, 3; Jaired Maddox, 11; Luke Lee, 16.

THREE POINT GOALS — NF: Jordan, Choice, Jones. AS: Smith, Phillips, Lee.

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Game 21

Apache Bracket Third Place

Chapel Hill 62, Troup 56

Chapel Hill 14 14 15 19 — 62

Troup 14 14 10 18 — 56

CHAPEL HILL — KT Ryder, 4; Keilon Moore, 17; D.D. Mumphrey, 5; Jeff Minor, 6; Keith Minor, 8; Gabe Robinson, 16; Obed Rios, 3; Sir Cedric Suell, 3.

TROUP — Marcus Kincade, 22; Anfernee Ross, 7; Charlie Rowden, 2; Chance Selvidge, 13; Lou Roberson, 7; Marquis Davis, 2; Brandon Hearon, 3.

THREE-POINT GOALS — CH: Suell, Robinson (2). T: Kincade (3), Hearon.

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Game 22

Gold Bracket Third Place

Houston Redemption 64, John Tyler 44

Redemption 22 11 12 19 — 64

John Tyler 9 20 4 13 — 44

REDEMPTION — Juston Smith-Wells, 17; Khadeem Lattin, 14; Bijan Johnson, 16; Patrick Hawkins, 7; Niji Washington, 5; Malik Goode, 5.

JOHN TYLER — Ken'Darrian Johnson, 2; Rodney Bendy, 10; Isaac Warren, 5; Keaunte Humber, 10; Kevron Jackson, 7; Darren Farmer, 5; Patrick Williams, 5.

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Game 23

Apache Bracket Championship

Grace Community 68, Brownsboro 61

Grace 17 15 15 14 — 68

Brownsboro 16 16 10 19 — 61

GRACE — Trevor Gunter, 18; Andrew Melhart, 13; Phillip McKinney, 11; Verlo Levels, 16; Adam Graham, 5; Thomas Nance, 5.

BROWNSBORO — Tamrick Pace, 13 Quentin McKenzie, 20; Will Bailey, 9; Xavier Richardson, 4; Clay McCoy, 10; Jared Bragdon, 5.

THREE-POINT GOALS — GC: Melhart (3), Levels, Graham, McKinney (2). B: Bragdon, Bailey.

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Game 24

Gold Bracket Championship

Athens 82, Whitehouse 72

Whitehouse 15 17 19 21 — 72

Athens 24 16 22 20 — 82

WHITEHOUSE — Spencer Shaw, 21; Brady Hill, 19; Bryce Hand, 2; Jaylon Dews, 11; Jake Parker, 13; Isaiah Clark, 2; Jacob Lundmark, 4.

ATHENS — Ryan Jefferson, 18; Kynden Crist, 4; Anthony Sanders, 31; Chris Givens, 2; Courtland Lyons, 14; Josh Garrett, 7; Chris Jefferson, 6.

THREE-POINT GOALS — W: Parker, Shaw (3). A: R. Jefferson (2), Sanders, Lyons.

 
 

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