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Orem sinks dozen 3s in consolation win over Union

Tanner cook • Dec 31, 2018 at 10:57 PM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Union couldn’t keep its momentum going in the 36th Arby’s Classic on Monday.

The Bears, who beat Wasilla, Alaska, on Thursday in an elimination game, fell to sharpshooting Orem, Utah, 77-53 in consolation action at the annual boys basketball tournament.

The Golden Tigers knocked down 12 3-pointers. Taft Mitchell had a game-high 29 points and Shem Johnson added 17 for Orem.

For the third straight Arby’s game, freshman point guard Andy Jones led the Bears, this time finishing with 19 points. Noah Garrison chipped in with 13 and Justin Falin netted 11.

The Bears exit Arby’s play and enter Mountain 7 District action on Wednesday at Gate City.

BUFORD 66, WENONAH 59

After Wenonah (Ala.) jumped out to a 10-point lead to start the game, Marcus Watson came alive for Buford (Ga.).

The senior forward finished by scoring nearly half of his team’s points: 32.

After Buford caught up, neither team could gain more than a two-point lead until the Wolves pulled away late.

Buford finished in third place after placing fourth in 2016.

Cameron Tucker finished with 23 points to lead the fourth-place Dragons and the highest placing for a team from Alabama since Athens placed third in 1989.

MOUNT BETHEL 68, CARDINAL NEWMAN 42

The victorious Eagles from Georgia received a balanced effort from both big men, getting 24 points from Stanley Eze and 14 from Jordan Meka.

Mason Venable also contributed with 11 in the fifth-place win.

South Carolina’s Cardinals didn’t have the best day shooting the basketball, sinking only 12 of 47 attempts from the field.

Defensive-minded Mount Bethel held Chico Carter Jr. to his tournament-low eight points. Tyler Thomas led the Cardinals with 12.

FUN FACTORY THREE POINT CONTEST

Shem Johnson, Orem’s 6-foot-8 wing player, won the 3-point contest by finishing with 23 points.

After Buford’s Ashton Young and Mount Bethel’s Jayce Harrison tied for second place with 22, Harrison won a shoot-off 21-14 to claim runner-up honors.

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