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Cavemen roar at Lyon

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Photos/Mullins NO PLACE FOR THE WEAK: Thamail Morgan puts up a shot as Melbourne's Spencer Caraway closes ground in the Lyon College finals Dec. 12.
Those assembled inside Becknell Gymnasium in Batesville on Dec. 12 were treated to a battle of iron wills.

Spencer Caraway was bound and determined not to let his team lose for the second straight year in the finals of the Lyon College Invitational Tournament.

He dunked. He swatted shots. He pulled down rebounds, tossed in a game-high 18 points, made the All-Tournament team and was the heart and soul of the Melbourne Bearkatz.

ALL IN A WEEK'S WORK: Tournament MVP Seth Foreman.
Seth Foreman was bound and determined to lead his team to its first Lyon College title in three years, while also keeping his team from losing to Melbourne for the second time in five days.

He handed out assists. He dribbled his way through trapping pressure. He nailed a pair of long-range triples and was the heart and soul of the Cave City Cavemen.

And in the end, Foreman walked away with MVP honors and the Cavemen took home the championship trophy with a 44-35 victory over the Bearkatz.

It was the second time in less than a week that Caraway and Foreman had turned in big-time performances against each other.

Caraway hit the game-winning 3-point play in overtime when the two schools had met in Melbourne Dec. 9, racking up 33 points to help the Katz to a dramatic 65-64 win. Forman was responsible for sending that game to an extra frame by drilling a 3-ball with less than a second remaining in regulation.

In the Lyon College finals, the Bearkatz (12-3) last lead of the game came with 2:08 showing on the first-period clock.

After that, Cave City (8-6) played keep away for the duration of the evening.

Tied at 10-all late in the first, Taylor Milligan (five points) knocked down a trey and Foreman (eight points) sank a layup to give the Cavemen a 15-10 lead after one.

Dalton Bell (11 points) opened the second with a 3-ball and Zac Smith (seven points) and Thamail Morgan (seven points) tacked on back-to-back hoops in the paint to push Cave City in front 22-10. Smith was named to the All-Tournament team for Cave City.

Melbourne managed just one field goal in the frame, a layup by Dalton Grigg (eight points) with 45 ticks left until the half. Grigg played his way onto the All-Tournament team for the Bearkatz.

Meanwhile, Foreman drained back-to-back treys for Cave City, helping the Cavemen take a big 30-18 advantage to intermission.

The Katz made a push in the third period thanks to a couple of long-range bombs from Kody Caraway (six points).

Although the Bearkatz outscored Cave City 11-5 in the third, the Cavemen still took a 35-29 lead into the final period of play.

And in the fourth, Cave City managed to close the door on the Katz.

Melbourne got six points from Spencer Caraway in the final frame, but that was it, as Cave City held Melbourne scoreless the last 2:27 of the game to claim the 2009 Lyon College Invitational title.

Brandon Gillihan finished with four points for the Cavemen, while Dexter Huckabee added two.

Derek Baird posted two points for Melbourne, with Cody Cooper logging one point for the Bearkatz.

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