Posted: Saturday, 19 January 2013 11:45PM

Wolves top the Eagles to win the Spokane Invitational

Spokane, Mo. (For  -- The Spokane Boys Invitational Championship game was a barn burner right to the end. Reeds Spring would emerge victorious over the Purdy Eagles, 53-44.


Coach Barry Yocum of Reeds Spring was happy with the outcome.

“We are pleased with the kids. They overcame adversity and kept grinding on. It was not a thing of beauty through the course of the game,” said Yocum. “It is a credit to our kids that they kept their heads and kept a good attitude. Things started to go their way. We didn’t have six or seven point possessions. We just kept working and got ourselves back in the game.”

Purdy began the scoring, with the Reeds Spring Wolves not far behind. Both teams kept the game tight with play going back and forth on the court through the first-half. The Eagles entered the locker room at the half up by four.

The Eagles came out and led by six during the second-half of the game. Reeds Spring began to find its stride and hit its baskets, finishing strong to seal the win.

The Wolves outscored Purdy 25-12 in the fourth quarter.

Austin Selby of Reeds Spring was proud of his team.    
“I felt like my team stepped up and they are doing it more and more. Myself, I felt like I didn’t have an (impact) on the game, with missing some shots and turnovers,” said Selby. “With two seniors on the team, the underclassmen are really helping out and doing a great job.”

Purdy Coach Tom Egan thought his kids played well.

“I think they played on tired legs. This was our 4th game in 6 nights. We play 7 guys and press the whole time. Not to take anything away from the Reeds Spring team,” said Egan. “Austin Selby is a great leader. We are a good team for three quarters, hopefully we can make it to the 4th quarter one of these days.”

The Spokane All-Tournament Team was announced after the game. Selby and Easton Flaugh from Reeds Spring were named to the team. Kevin Walker and Cameron Terry got the honor for Purdy.  

The Purdy Eagles will next play at Verona on Jan. 29th. Reeds Spring takes on Fair Grove at home on Jan. 29th.

6-10-12-25---53 Reeds Spring
6-14-12-12---44 Purdy

Reeds Spring-Austin Selby 16,Easton Flaugh 9,Josh Kent 8,Skylar Murphy 8,Joey Longstreet 5,Nick Vos 3,Grant Allison 3.
Purdy-Cameron Terry 21,Glen Scott 9,Tyler Scott 5,Brent Cornman 3,Alex Mareth 2,Austin Hancock 2,Keevin Walker 2.

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