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Ava played their first game of the Fair Grove tournament on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Ava won 50-45 over Pleasant Hope. The scoring was led by Brandon Guengerich with 15 points, followed by Phillip Eubanks and Jesse Dean, each with 8 points, Chase Gastineau 6, Cooper Emerich and Tristan Haltom 4, Seth Dobbs 3, and Tyler Cox 2 points.
Ava played Buffalo in the second game of the tournament on Jan. 14 and defeated them 52-32.
Cooper Emerich led Ava in scoring with 11 points. Others scoring for the Bears were Phillip Eubanks 9, Seth Dobbs and Jesse Dean 8 each, Brandon Guengerich and Tyler Cox 4 apiece, Jordan Dimirsky and Austin Giorgianni 3 each, and Tristan Haltom 2 points.
Ava faced the home team in the championship game and came out victorious with a 58-38 win to claim the title. This time Seth Dobbs led Ava’s scoring with 12 points, followed by Brandon Guengerich 10, Cooper Emerich 9, Jordan Dimirsky 7, Tristan Haltom 6, Austin Giorgianni and Jesse Dean 4 each, Chase Gastineau 3, Tyler Cox 2, and Phillip Eubanks 1.
“The JV played very well in this tournament and earned a well deserved championship”, Coach Justin Gilmore said.
“Our strong man-to-man defense was the key to success. We got up and guarded teams in the full-court and wore teams down. We got in a better flow and worked together as a team. Almost everyone scored in every game in this tournament.
“I am very proud of the effort these boys have shown each and every night. Congratulations to the JV Bears improving their record to 7-2 and winning the Fair Grove tournament,” Coach Gilmore added.