By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com
SUSQUEHANNA – Gavin Baker opened the second half with a three-point play, giving him all 15 Susquehanna points and drawing the host Sabers even with Elk Lake in the Susquehanna County Christmas Tournament.
Then, Brant Marshall took over.
Marshall scored 15 of his 18 points and blocked 6 of his 7 shots the rest of the way in a tournament Most Valuable Player performance that carried Elk Lake to the title, 57-43.
The senior center was also part of keeping Baker scoreless the rest of a game in which Elk Lake kept every other Susquehanna player scoreless for the first 19:14 and without a field goal for the first 21:38.
“Across the board, I thought we defended very well,” Elk Lake coach Rich Emmons said.
Marshall, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, was 4-for-5 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the line in the second half.
After Baker tied the game, Marshall scored the first four points of a 13-2 run to a 28-17 lead with 2:49 left in the third quarter.
“We came out there with more enthusiasm,” Marshall said. “We came out there more aggressive.
“We got our heads back into the game in the second half after having kind of a rough first half.”
Susquehanna closed the third quarter with a 9-3 run to get within five, but the Warriors broke away midway through the fourth.
Marshall put together a personal seven-point streak, the first five of it coming on the line, to make it 45-30 with 4:20 left. The lead soared to 20 with 1:45 left.
Matt Mowry added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Elk Lake while making the all-tournament team.
Jake Gustin, who had eight points, and Trevor Graham, who had seven, each made three steals.
Baker finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Spencer Beamer came off the bench to score nine points for the Sabers.
Jakub Tomczyk made the all-tournament team after blocking five shots, including four in the first 11½ minutes. He also had four points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Blue Ridge 51, Montrose 37
Gavin Rosa scored 19 points to lead Blue Ridge to the consolation game victory.
Ben Bleck added 12 points.
Carson Koehler had seven points and made the all-tournament team.
All-tournament selection Connor Watkins scored 16 points to lead Montrose.
MORE COVERAGE: Saturday's roundup, including tournament titles by Wyoming Seminary and Wallenpaupack. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/BoysRoundup122819.