KINGSTON – Monday was a good day to be a Pirate, but a bad one to be plundered by them, as the Dale boys and girls basketball teams each came away with championship trophies at the Kingston New Year's Classic. The boys team got a 46-40 revenge on Kingston, who beat them in the semifinals of the Bison Invitational earlier in the season, while the girls team downed the Kingston girls 54-30.

The Dale boys fell behind 15-9 after one, but bounced back with a 24-11 run in the second and third and held on for payback.

Tournament MVP Cole Seaborn led all scorers with 15 points for the Pirates while Brett Cunningham had 12 and Reid Davenport contributed eight – both were named All-Tournament. The boys were 11-of-15 from the line where Seaborn was 7-10 total and 4-4 in the fourth.

Coach Jeff Edmonson was proud of how his boys did throughout the stacked tournament, facing three of the seven ranked teams in the hunt.

“It was a really tough tournament, and I'm really proud of the boys and the way they stepped up and played well,” he said. 

The win moves the No. 3 in Class 2A Pirates to 12-2 on the season as they prepare for a road stand against Latta Friday night.

Girls

The 2A-No. 1 Lady Pirates (17-0) stayed undefeated thanks to a 54-30 trouncing over Kingston.

The girls gave up double digits in the third, but otherwise held Kingston below ten points in each quarter.

Claire Chastain and Hannah Ash each completed the game with 14 points to lead the Lady Pirates while Taylor Thompson and Dani Manning each finished with six. Chastain had two blocks in the contest, Manning contributed seven assists and Mikayla Rutland brought down six rebounds.