Twenty-four turnovers proved to be sixth-ranked (Class 4A) Tecumseh’s undoing Friday night as it dropped a 51-46 decision to second-ranked (Class 3A) Millwood in a semifinal game of the SNU/Bethany Classic.
In the final minute of play, Millwood missed the front end of three straight one-and-one free throw situations, only to have Tecumseh commit three straight turnovers.
“They just wore us out,” Tecumseh coach Eric Litherland said. “They had a full-court press against us the entire game. You just can’t make that many mistakes against a team like Millwood. We didn’t have anything left in the fourth quarter.”
Tecumseh trailed 37-35 entering the final quarter.
Julio Hukill was Tecumseh’s only double-figure scorer with 18 points, including two treys, and also claimed seven rebounds.
Tecumseh, 11-1, received nine rebounds from Colton Owen. Teammate Dakota Davis collected nine points and six rebounds.
The Savages were just 3-of-16 from beyond the 3-point line.
Tecumseh will try to claim a third-place Classic finish at 5:30 p.m. today against Bethany.
Tecumseh’s Lady Savages lost their second straight game in the SNU/Bethany Classic, a 47-19 decision against Elgin in the consolation semifinals.
Tecumseh’s Sam Schovanec was the only Lady Savage in double figures, netting 10 points.
The Lady Savages never found a rhythm, notching just seven total points in the first three quarters of play.
Now 3-8 on the season, Tecumseh will challenge Western Heights for the tournament’s seventh-place finish today at 10 a.m.
Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter and Fred Fehr.