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Seton definitely brought its ‘A’ game for 32 minutes against first-round McDipper opponent Corliss Wednesday night.
How good were the Sting? They nearly broke a 40-year record for points scored in a game, but finally called off the dogs after they hit the century mark with 1:26 left on a layup by Armahn Mooring.
That would be the final points of the game for the Sting in an impressive 100-51 win. It was ninth time a team has reached the century mark in the tournament. Hales (2007) and Bloom (1987) hold the record with 107.
“They were just a better team with a lot of experience,” Corliss first-year coach Curtis Brown said. “We have one kid with varsity experience. They jumped on us in that first quarter and we never recovered.”
The Sting (9-5) finished in fourth place last season, losing to host Rich South in the third-place game. They’ll have a chance to avenge that loss against the Stars on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The Trojans (5-4) are in the tournament for the second year, collecting one win last season.
Sting coach Brandon Thomas, who doesn’t let his players talk, didn’t want to talk himself after the win: “No comment,” he yelled across the locker room to three reporters when asked for an interview. “Write whatever you want.”
Thomas rotated 10 players consistently, building an 18-2 lead to start the game, and built that lead to 63-24 at the half. He had five players finish in double figures. Mark Weems Jr. led the way with 26 points, Johnny Patterson added 19, Myles Harrison chipped in 16 while Christopher Seaton, and Mooring each had 11.
Devonte Loggins scored 14 to lead the Trojans.
“Hopefully we’ll do better in the tournament and I think there are other teams we match up with better,” Brown said.