(BUNKER) The one seed South Iron Panthers faced the two seed Bunker Eagles for the right to be called the Black River League Tournament Champions Saturday evening. Regional Radio provided coverage of the tournament final. The Eagles at their home court would soar to a hot start.
Bunker kept steady control throughout the game, and led by as much as 8. In the final stages, however, the Panthers would claw back. Bunker committed a costly turnover, which gave South Iron a chance to tie the game in the final minute.
Bunker had a chance to answer and turned the ball over at half court. With 3.4 seconds left in the game, South Iron had a chance to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Sawyer Huff’s 16 was a game high, and his last two points were enough to send the Panthers back to South Iron with a 45-43 victory. The game winning bucket marked the only time South Iron led in the entire game. Head Coach Dusty Dinkins was asked what this tournament win does for his Panthers.
Sawyer Huff was asked about what he saw on the final play.
Earlier in the evening, in the girls championship, Bunker and East Carter did battle in a game that went down to the wire. The Lady Redbirds physically outmatched the Lady Eagles, but a strong showing from Kenzie Barton kept the game close until the end.
Barton finished with 36 points for Bunker, and Maddy Dickerson added on 13 more. Barton took the last shot for Bunker with a chance to send it to overtime, but the basketball was rejected by the rim. East Carter held on to win 56-53.
Lady Eagles head coach Marcus Gorman tells us what he saw from his team in the game.
East Carter distributed the ball well in the victory. Ciara Duckett led the team with 12 points, followed by Breanna Dohleman who added 10 more.
Full Interview with South Iron Boys Head Coach Dusty Dinkins and Sawyer Huff
Full interview with Bunker Girls Head Coach Marcus Gorman
Full Game Audio: South Iron vs Bunker Boys
Full Game Audio: East Carter vs Bunker Girls