BOYS ALL TOURNAMENT - The 2011 Cannon County Cancer Tournament Boys All-Tournament Team included, kneeling, from left, Briar Jakes, Auburn; Jared Judkins, Woodland; Austin Brock, East Side; and Tucker Francis, West Side. Standing, from left, Collin Anderson, West Side; Tyler King, Auburn; Graden Strange, East Side; Courtland Ryan, West Side; Austin Martin, Woodland; and Bo Bryson, Woodland.
Austin Martin provided a glimpse of future potential with a breakout performance during the 2010-2011 Cannon County Grammar School Tournament last January that earned the then Woodland seventh-grader a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Martin has lived up to that potential this season.
The talented eighth-grader recorded a double double, pouring in a game-high 19 points and ripping down 10 rebounds to lead Woodland to a 34-25 win against West Side in the Cannon County Grammar School Cancer Tournament at Woodbury Grammar Saturday (Dec. 10).
Martin also poured in 19 points to lead Woodland to the Border War Tournament championship in November. Through the first half of the 2011-12 season, Martin has proven to be one of the county's most consistent, and dominant, performers.
"Austin is a very hard worker and he has really developed his skills and starting to grow into his big body," Woodland coach Kendell Smith said. "He's been very consistent this season, and he's a big part of our success."
Martin not only dominated the boards and represented 56 percent of the Warriors' offense, but he also was a difference-maker defensively, manning the paint and altering shots.
Bo Bryson also had a strong performance in the paint. Bryson scored six points and finished with seven rebounds. Jared Judkins finished with five points and John Mark Turney tallied 4.
Collin Anderson led West Side with 14 points and six rebounds. Tucker Francis and Cortland Ryan scored four each for the Eagles, which also lost to Woodland in the Border War finals.
West Side came out strong and grabbed the early lead. Anderson scored eight points in the first six minutes to give the Eagles a 9-6 lead after the first quarter.
Woodland turned up the defensive intensity in the second quarter. The Warriors held West Side to just two points in the frame - a Francis field goal and they didn't allow Anderson to get off a shot in the quarter. West Side was 1-of-8 from the field in the second quarter as Woodland took 14-11 lead into the intermission.
"The players stepped it up in the second quarter and that was outstanding defense," Smith said. "The second quarter helped get things going in our direction."
If the second quarter helped turn things in Woodland's favor then the third quarter was the decisive one. Woodland held West Side to just four points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field. Meanwhile, Martin scored seven of Woodland's 12 in the third quarter as the Warriors built a 26-15 advantage.
EAST SIDE 48
The most exciting and overall best game of the tournament was waged in the boys consolation as Auburn outlasted East Side, 50-48, in a high-scoring shootout.
Tyler King led Auburn and turned in a double double with 17 points to go with his 11 rebounds. Austin Duggin and Briar Jakes scored 11 each for the Knights, but it was Johnny Kennedy who came up with the biggest baskets and the most opportune time.
Kennedy scored four of his six points in the final minute, including an offensive rebound and putback with four seconds remaining that proved to be the game winner.
Austin Brock's desperation shot from beyond halfcourt rimmed out at the buzzer as East Side suffered the tough loss. Jacob Gonzalez led East Side with 17 points and seven rebounds. Graden Strange turned in a dominating performance with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Brock finished with 15 for East Side.
Auburn had to hold off a furious East Side comeback to nail down the third-place finish.
The Knights led 16-6 after the first quarrter and 28-19 at the half, but the second half belonged to East Side.
Gonzalez scored nine of his 17 in the third quarter and Brock knocked down 11 of his 15 in the fourth quarter to lead a spirited comeback; however, Auburn wouldn't be denied.
Strange's 3-pointer in the fourth quarter evened the score but Kennedy's relentless board work and timely baskets allowed Auburn to hold on for the win.
Boys All-Tournament Team
Bo Bryson, Woodland; Austin Martin, Woodland; Jared Judkins, Woodland; Collin Anderson, West Side; Tucker Francis, West Side; Courtland Ryan, West Side; Briar Jakes, Auburn; Tyler King, Auburn; Austin Brock, East Side; Graden Strange, East Side.