South Iron Boys Dominate Arcadia Valley Tourney

The South Iron Panthers Boys Varsity Basketball team win their fourth consecutive Arcadia Valley Tournament as they knock off Fredericktown in the finals to claim their 23rd AV title.

Seniors Drenin Dinkins, Champ McMurry and DJ Prater¬†made waves over the weekend, and added to their team’s legacy, as the South Iron Panthers Boys Varsity Basketball team cruised through the Arcadia Valley Tournament. The defending State Champions won their fourth straight AV Tourney and continue to thrive as the winningest program in the history of the tournament.

The first game pitted the Panthers against Bismarck, and they made quick work of their opponents, sprinting and smashing to a 93-33 victory. South Iron raced out to a huge 32-10 first-quarter lead and never looked back as they continued to pour it on through all three remain quarters. Oddly enough, the ten points in the first was the most they would allow in any frame.

They dropped 25 on Bismarck in the second and allowed just eight, giving them an already-insurmountable 57-18 lead to close out the half. The third and fourth quarters wouldn’t be any kinder to Bismarck, as the Panthers had a 26-7 advantage in the third and went into cruise control in the fourth with a 10-8 showing. That added up to 93-33 and put them in the win column for the first time this season.

Dinkins led the way with a blistering 34 points on 14-of-24 shooting, which included four three-pointers, 15 rebounds, five assists and six steals. Jermartez Burse also had himself a game, totaling 17 points, three rebounds, four assists, five steals and a pair of treys.McMurry was the other standout with 15 points, five rebounds and three scores from beyond the arc to help seal the victory.

Next the Panthers took on Arcadia Valley, the tournament hosts, and dispatched them with relative ease. The 64-33 victory was kick-started by a ridiculous 22-3 first quarter, and followed up by a 10-8 second that sent them into the half with a 32-11 lead. South Iron continued to make it rain in the second half as well, as they outscored AV 18-16 in the third and 14-6 in the fourth for the 64-33 win and a trip to the tournament’s final game.

Prater was the leading scorer in this one with 20 points on 10-of-15 field goal attempts and also led the team in rebounds with 14. He was paced by Dinkins, who managed 17 points, but his distance shot was off as he drained just one of eight tries from beyond the arc. His four assists, six rebounds and six steals certainly helped make up the difference though.

The final game of the tourney would showcase the Panthers and the Fredericktown Black Cats… and it wasn’t close. South Iron did pretty much all of their heavy lifting in the first half, as they outscored Fredericktown 22-7 and 25-9 in the first two quarters, respectively, for a 47-16 lead as the halftime buzzer sounded.

The second half was significantly closer, as the Panthers actually trailed in a quarter for the first time in the tournament (16-15 in the third), and then they eked out the fourth with a razor-thin 6-5 advantage. The first half barrage was all they would need though, and the Black Cats didn’t stand a chance after that, as the Panthers took down yet another title in the oldest tournament West of the Mississippi.

Dinkins was the star once again as he racked up a team-high 23 points and 12 rebounds and also contributed four assists, five steals and a pair of three-pointers. Prater and Burse were the other top scorers with 11 points apiece, while the former had 12 rebounds of his own.

The tournament victory gives the Panthers a 3-0 start to the season, and shines a headlamp on the defending State Champs, signifying their dominance and experience despite graduating a good chunk of their starting roster. They will look to keep the winning streak going on Friday 12/3 as they travel to East Carter. Tipoff is at 6 pm.


South Iron Boys Dominate Arcadia Valley Tourney
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