Evan Franklin and Trent Gattis combined for 45 points last Wednesday to power County Line to a 73-57 win against Danville in the boys’ championship game of the Lavaca Golden Arrows Classic.
Gattis’ three-pointers helped County Line keep a big lead against Danville’s Jay Trusty, who scored 23.
"Our guards played well," County Line coach Joe Brunson said. "We were concerned coming in against Danville, the way their guards like to play. They like to press and trap and we were concerned about the turnovers. I thought we did a pretty solid job."
Both teams came off big wins on Tuesday and shot the ball well for the most part. The Indians broke up a tight game early by building a 19-7 lead late in the first quarter.
Even after Danville (6-1) chipped away, Gattis hit a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 34-19 with 45.2 seconds left in the first half.
County Line (12-2) led by just 12 at halftime but outscored the Little Johns 13-8 to open the second half, capped by another Gattis 3 with 2:48 to play in the third quarter.
Trusty tried to keep Danville close, but County Line maintained a large enough lead. Along with Franklin and Gattis, Michal Kuykendall scored 14 points and Cory Wilhelm contributed eight for the winners.
"If we have a good postseason, we’ll play 35 or 38 games this season," Brunson said. "We’re not even at the midway point yet, so we still have a lot of room for improvement.
"But the point we’re at right now, I feel pleased with the boys so far."
Golden Arrows Classic
COUNTY LINE 73, DANVILLE 57
Danville 10 12 15 20 — 57
County Line 10 24 22 17 — 73
Danville (6-1): Trusty 23, Phouthavong 12, Frost 9, Rameriz 6, Cathey 4, Wesley 3.
County Line (12-2): Franklin 23, Gattis 22, Kuykendall 14, Wilhelm 8, Goodson 3, Morris 3.