WESTERLY — South Kingstown used an aggressive defense and a transition offense to claim the boys junior varsity championship in the 35th annual WCCU Holiday Basketball Tournament with a 54-26 win over Westerly High on Friday at Federico Gym.
The Rebels also created a number of second-chance opportunities with their offensive rebounds.
South guard Scott Cromack was named the most valuable player of the tournament.
Cromack scored seven points in the title game. He also caused a number of turnovers on the defensive end and controlled the ball in transition.
A 3-pointer by Westerly’s Max Bertsch tied the game, 8-8, with 10:42 left in the first half. But the Rebels went on a 16-4 run to take a 24-12 lead with 2:38 remaining in the half.
Jack Wentworth scored seven points in the outburst, including a 3-pointer.
South outscored Westerly, 8-3, to open the second half to take a 34-17 lead.
Bertsch scored Westerly’s first eight points of the second half. His 18-footer cut the South lead to 12 points, 34-22, with about nine minutes left in the game.
But South responded with a 14-2 run to make it 48-24 and put things out of reach.
The Rebels scored a number of times in transition during the outburst.
South did not allow the Bulldogs many easy opportunities on the offensive end, challenging most Westerly shots and drives.
Bertsch finished with 13 points for the Bulldogs. Marcus Haik added five, including a 3-pointer.
Wentworth led the Rebels with 13 points. Ben Brutti and Trey Young each scored eight.
Wentworth and Westerly’s Bertsch and Tim Hence were named to the all-tournament team.
Stonington was represented by Marco Tedeschi. Nate Allen made the squad for Chariho.
Stonington 58, Chariho 30
WESTERLY — Stonington’s Sam Montalto scored 12 points and Alex Tobiassen finished with 10 as Stonington High defeated Chariho High in the consolation game.
Stonington led 38-17 at the half and was never threatened in the second half.
Dorian White added nine points for the Bears.
Moziah Mathews led Chariho in scoring with nine points, and Nate Allen had five.
— Keith Kimberlin