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Tenaha Pulls Away from Laneville for 72-54 Third-Place Victory at Tenaha Holiday Hoops Scholarship Classic

Laneville’s Dontavious Harris (3) chases Tenaha’s Chavis Gregory during Tenaha’s 72-54 third-place victory at Saturday’s Tenaha Holiday Hoops Scholarship Classic. (Ray Jackson, ETSN.fm)

[By Brad Ernst of HoopInsider, Special to ETSN.fm]

TENAHA — Tenaha came out with a lot of energy tonight in front of their home crowd, jumped on Laneville early, and survived a second-quarter run before ultimately pulling away for a 72-54 victory in Saturday’s third-place game at the Tenaha Holiday Hoops Scholarship Showcase.

Tenaha, ranked seventh in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class A Division I poll, bounced back from a 55-51 loss to White Oak in Friday’s semifinals.

Tenaha’s Tyler Davison (21) and Keontas Davis (left) defend Laneville’s Ty Johnson in the paint during Tenaha’ 72-54 third-place victory at Saturday’s Tenaha Holiday Hoops Scholarship Classic. (Ray Jackson, ETSN.fm)

Laneville, No. 4 in the TABC’s Class A Division II rankings, started the event with double-digit victories against Broaddus and San Augustine on Thursday before falling to state-ranked foes Friday (82-71 to 2A No. 2 Kountze) and Saturday (Tenaha).

Chavis Gregory hit four three-pointers to lead Tenaha with 25 points. Kendrick Anderson led Laneville with 25 points of his own in the loss.

Tenaha, which got 19 points from Jacoby Ivy, led 18-5 after the first quarter, but Laneville went on a 14-0 run in the second quarter to tie the game.

That’s as close as the Yellow Jackets got. Tenaha ended the quarter on a 9-0 run, then outscored Laneville 19-10 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Dontavious Harris scored 13 points for Laneville resumes, which district play Friday against Apple Springs, then has a big game at No. 7 Douglass on January 7. Tenaha travels Wednesday to Miller Grove, which is ranked 22nd in 1A D-II.

Tenaha’s J.R. Hill (10) and D’Andre Thomas (4) fight for a rebound against Laneville’s Kendrick Anderson (11) during Tenaha’s 72-54 third-place victory at Saturday’s Tenaha Holiday Hoops Scholarship Classic. (Ray Jackson, ETSN.fm)

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