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|Defending champs repeat at Ronnie Brown|
It was kind of a no-brainer in selecting the Most Valuable boys player for the Ronnie Brown Memorial Tournament at Vidalia High.
Vidalia junior Gary Stewart, who has come off the bench most of the season because of a slow start due to football, entered Saturday's championship game after the Vikings had fallen behind Ferriday 9-0.
Stewart led the Viking comeback, scoring 22 points in the Vikings' 60-50 win over their rival.
"Gary can make a difference," Viking head coach Robert Sanders said of the junior who missed several football games because of a foot injury. "The last two games he's stepped up."
It was the second straight year for the Vikings to win their own tournament.
"We kind of dug ourselves into a hole in both our games," Sanders said. "We've still got a lot of work to do. We need to develop a killer instinct."
Ferriday's girls also repeated as tournament champs, defeating Tensas 64-51.
Vidalia's boys pulled to within 13-9 of Ferriday in the second period before outscoring the Trojans 21-11 in the second quarter for a 30-24 advantage.
The Vikings outscored the Trojans 17-12 in the final period.
Quartrell Thomas and Torrey Dixon, both All-Tournament selections, added 14 points each for Vidalia.
Ferriday was led by all-Tournament selections Demarco Lewis with 19 points and Carlton Robinson, Levier Pryor and Orlando Davis with eight points each.
In the girls championship contest, Ferriday led 13-6 after one period of play and 29-19 at halftime.
All-Tournament selection Ja'Lessia Davis and Chante Poole led the way with 19, while Jasmine Upchurch added 14.
Upchurch was named Tournament MVP, while Davis and Poole were named to the All-Tournament team.
"I'm pleased with winning the tournament, but I wasn't pleased with the way we played," said Ferriday girls coach Lisa Abron. "We need t work a lot harder on defense."
Friday night, Vidalia's boys defeated Sicily Island 79-72 in overtime.
The Vikings trailed the Tigers 34-23 at halftime, but outscored Sicily Island 23-16 in the third period and 24-20 in the final quarter before outscoring the Tigers 9-2 in the final quarter.
Stewart led the Vikings with 26 points, while Dixon added 21 and Thomas 19.
Ferriday's girls defeated Block 47-45, outscoring the Lady Bears 17-8 in the final quarter.
Jasmine Upchurch led Ferriday with 16 points, while Chanta Poole added 13.
Vidalia's girls fell to Tensas 58-35.
All-Tournament selection Alaina Burns netted 10 for Vidalia.
Ferriday's boys defeated Block 63-36 in its first game.
The Bears are coached by K.G. Watkins, who led the Trojans to the state championship game last year.
Ferriday led the Bears 36-13 at halftime and increased that lead to 48-15 early in the third quarter.
Carlton Robinson led all scorers with 23 points while teammate DeMarco Lewis followed with 19.
Vidalia and Ferriday are competing in the Ferriday Invitational which tips off today (Wednesday) and ends Friday with the two parish teams facing off.
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