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J.V. Eagles win tournament

Five junior varsity basketball teams competed in the Escambia Academy J.V. Invitational tournament on Saturday, and the Fort Dale Eagles came out on top of the heap, to win the trophy.

Sparta Academy, Fort Dale Academy, Escambia Academy, Monroe Academy and Faith Academy all clashed on the courts, but Fort Dale persevered, and placed first in the battle, to win the trophy, and also put two players in as all-tournament champions.

In game one, the Eagles faced Sparta. FDA more than doubled the score of the team from Evergreen, with a final score of 53-25.

The top shooter for the Eagles was Thomas Stabler, with 15 points, followed by Christopher Slagley with five points, including a three-point field goal.

Andrew Hollis led for rebounds, with two defensively, and one on offense; Mason Bass also had three, with two offensively and one on defense.

Ty Langston had had three assists, followed by Carson Mosley with two. Brett Paulk and Thomas Stabler both had three steals apiece.

In game two for the Eagles, they were challenged by Faith Academy.

This was a closer game than the first, and the final score was Fort Dale 41, Faith 37.

Brett Paulk was the top score shooter, with 17 points to his credit, including seven for eleven attempts at free throws.

Ty Langston was next highest, with eight points, all from free throws.

In this game, the Eagles were the recipients of 24 free throws, making good on 16 of them.

Hollis again led on rebounds, with five on offense and three for defense, and was followed by Paulk with six, four of them on offense.

Game three saw play between Fort Dale and Monroe Academies.

This also was a close game, with the final horn blowing with the Eagles in the lead, 39-32.

Paulk led the scoring in this game, with 23 points to his credit, nine from free throws, and seven two-pointers.

Ty Langston was next, with six points from two three-pointers.

Thomas Stabler and Andrew Hollis each had four points to their names.

In addition to bringing the trophy home to Greenville, the Eagles also brought home three individual awards.

Thomas Stabler and Andrew Hollis won the all-tournament awards, and Brett Paulk was Most Valuable Player (MVP).