Mine Centre wins basketball tourney

When Robert Moore School decided to honour retired teacher Jim Oster with an invitational boys’ basketball tournament, the idea probably was to have the home team win it.
But somebody forgot to tell the Mine Centre Thunderbirds.
Eight teams, including two from host Robert Moore, squared off all day Saturday and things pretty much went according to the script during the round-robin portion.
Robert Moore #1 emerged atop Pool ‘A’ with a perfect 3-0 record, followed by the Crossroads Tornadoes at 2-1—their lone loss a 30-20 setback at the hands of the host Mustangs.
Over in Pool ‘B,’ Mine Centre proved to be the class of the field, also finishing round-robin play with a perfect 3-0 record.
The St. Francis Sentinels wound up in second place at 2-1, with their lone loss a 22-21 squeaker to the Thunderbirds.
That left St. Francis and Crossroads to play for the bronze medal while Mine Centre and Robert Moore battled for gold.
In the bronze-medal game, the Tornadoes opened a comfortable lead early on. But the tenacious Sentinels made a determined comeback in the second half, forcing Crossroads to press hard for a 20-18 win.
The gold-medal game was a clash of the two undefeated teams, but here things were not as close as the bronze-medal one. It was clear from the outset that the Mustangs were overmatched as the Thunderbirds built up a 20-13 lead by half-time.
Mine Centre then outscored Robert Moore 9-8 in the second half to seal the 29-21 victory.
The other teams in Saturday’s tournament included Sturgeon Creek (third in Pool ‘B’), J.W. Walker (third in Pool ‘A’), and Whitefish Bay (fourth in Pool ‘A’).
Robert Moore #2 wound up fourth in Pool ‘B.’

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