WAYNESFIELD — Allen East broke away from a halftime tie to post a 52-47 win over rival Ada in the third-place game of the inaugural Border Battle boys basketball tournament in Waynesfield Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs fell to 2-7 with the loss, while the Mustangs improved to 3-5 after the victory. Their win avenged a 40-32 loss at rival Ada 15 days earlier.

Cold shooting from the floor by both teams matched the weather outside, but AE shot accurately beyond the arc and at the foul line to provide the difference.



"We didn't shoot it well (32 percent) and we also did not compete on the glass," said Ada second-year head coach Dre White. "We did not come out with enough fire after a loss to respond and get a W.

"Give Allen East credit, they did what they do and executed," he continued. "Brady Harris hit some big shots for them and stepped up. Reed dominated inside and Crumrine is a good, young player who stepped up and hit a big three to win it."

Junior post Devin Reed scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Mustangs, dominating inside. Junior guard Harris canned four trifectas en route to 16 points. Freshman guard Bradden Crumrine added 11 points and the clinching triple.

"Unfortunately for us, that probably won't be the last big shot he (Crumrine) has against us - he is a good young player," said White.

In a reversal of their initial meeting, AE won the board battle 34-27. Ada committed just 11 turnovers while the Mustangs made 14 errors.

Junior Cade Mullins led Ada with 16 points and three steals. Sophomore Phillip Coulson and junior Xavier Hollinger each added nine points. Senior Ethan Swaney dished out three assists and contributed six points.

Ada sank just 16 of 50 shots from the floor, including nine of 25 inside the arc (36 percent) and seven of 25 from three-point range (28 percent). The Bulldogs converted eight of 10 from the charity stripe (80 percent).

AE drained 16 of 46 field tries (35 percent) but hit on six of 14 behind the arc (43 percent). The Mustangs also canned 78 percent from the foul line (14-18).


Ada 47 (2-7)
E. Swaney 2-2-6, Mullins 5-4-16, Frazier 1-0-2, Conley 0, Coulson 3-1-9, Hall 0, Z. Swaney 0, Hollinger 3-0-9, Conrad 1-0-2, Hull 1-1-3.
Totals: 16-50/8-10/47. 3-pointers (7-25): Mullins 2, Hollinger 3, Coulson 2.

AE 52 (3-5)
Reed 5-5-15, Harris 5-2-16, McClure 0-1-1, T. Clum 1-1-4, Crumrine 4-2-11, Whitley 1-2-4, D. Clum 0-1-1.
Totals: 16-46/14-18/52. 3-pointers (6-14): Harris 4, Crumrine 1, T. Clum 1.

    1    2    3    4    F
Ada    11    10    11    15    47    
AE    10    11    15    16    52


Ada (2-1 home) tries to regroup and snap a five-game losing streak when they host non-league foe Fort Jennings (5-3) Tuesday evening, January 2.

"Ft. Jennings is a good team and we have to be ready to go," White noted.

AE (1-2 road) visits Lima Temple Christian (4-5) Saturday, January 6.