AVOCA - Top-seeded Avoca made quick work of No.8-seeded Mt. Morris with a 103-57 victory at home Friday in the quarterfinals of the Section V Class D1 tournament.
With the victory, the Tigers avenged a 79-64 loss in the 2019 Section V Class D1 finals against Mt. Morris.
Avoca wasted little time gaining a lead, coming out firing and led 35-15 at the end of eight minutes. Brady Brandow had 10 points and connected on two 3-pointers in the quarter while Jonathan Jensen added nine points.
"We’ve really been focused on coming out strong all year long," Avoca head coach Mike Stowe said. "Our defense was a little lackluster, but overall, they distributed the ball very well."
Brandow netted two more 3-pointers and DeJay Hammond had six points as Avoca took a 51-32 lead into halftime.
The Tigers kept the pressure on the Blue Devils in the second half, outscoring them 54-25 in the final 16 minutes.
Brandow and Devin Stowe each scored 21 points to lead the Tigers. Jensen scored 15, Tristan Stark scored 14, Thomas Derick added 12, and Hammond added 10 points in the balanced scoring attack. All eight Tigers who played scored at least four points.
"Our bench gets all the credit tonight," said Stowe. "They picked up the slack. These guys are very unselfish -- they don’t care who does the scoring."
In all, Avoca dished out 28 assists as a team, breaking a 55-year old school record for team assists for the year. The 103 points scored in the game for the Tigers also broke a school record.
Jansel Martinez scored 31 points to lead Mt. Morris
Avoca will take No.5-seeded Honeyoe on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at a place still to be determined. The Tigers defeated Honeyoe 69-40 earlier in the season.