SPRINGVILLE—Mason Goodridge put on a one-man show in guiding Springville to the 2017 Emerling Basketball Tournament title and was selected as the tournament’s most valuable player.
In the title game against North Collins Dec. 29, Goodridge scored 32 points in leading Springville to a 53-42 win and another 21 points in the team’s 66-50 win over Cattaraugus-Little Valley Dec. 27.
The junior guard was at his best during the title game where his 21 first-half points were just one shy of North Collins’ collective 22 opening-half total. The Eagles tried their best to contain Goodridge with a variety of strategies without success. When they tried double- and triple-teaming Goodridge, he put on a dribbling clinic, and when they took away his passing lanes, Goodridge put up threes and ended up sinking five.
Adam Pruitt joined Goodridge as the team’s only other double-digit scorer and the pair was named to the all-tournament team. Tyler Kostelny was having a good game with six first-half points until an injury sidelined him in the second half. Tyler Atteberry added three points and Alex Francisco two to round out Springville’s scorers in the title game.
In the tournament’s opening game against the Timberwolves, Springville took a 20-8 lead after the first quarter with Goodridge netting as many points as the entire Cattaraugus-Little Valley team.
The Griffins put that game away in the second with a 21-point quarter that saw eight different Griffins score led by Kostelny’s five for a 41-21 lead at the half. Springville went into cruise control in the second half before awaiting the Eagles in the title game.
After Goodridge’s 21 points against the Eagles, Kostelny had a season-high 17. Pruitt added nine, while Mike Place and Atteberry each scored five. Zach Parker scored four, while Francisco and Austin Lux accounted for a pair of points apiece. Anthony Lasker rounded out the scoring with a free throw.
Springville next hosts Iroquois Jan. 4 and then will host Maryvale Jan. 9 with both contests scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.