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Griffith overcomes foul trouble, tops host Highland for tourney title

2013-12-28T22:00:00Z 2013-12-29T02:09:06Z Griffith overcomes foul trouble, tops host Highland for tourney titleDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 28, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

HIGHLAND | The Highland gym is starting to feel like home for Griffith.

The Times No. 10 Panthers topped the Trojans for the second time in eight days Saturday, this time 62-43 for the Steiner Homes Holiday Hoopfest championship.

It was the fourth time Griffith has played under that dome. It's played only one home game.

"I was very concerned with beating somebody on their home floor two times in a week," Griffith coach Gary Hayes said. "Luckily, we've been playing here, so we're kind of comfortable on the floor."

The Panthers (6-1) used their size advantage early. Senior Chad Noldin combined with sophomore twins Anthony and Tremell Murphy to control the paint and open up a big lead in the first quarter for Griffith.

But Anthony Murphy and Noldin each tallied a pair of fouls by the second frame, and the Trojans (4-5) were able to keep things close. The lead was 32-20 at halftime, thanks to Matt Benninghoff's 3-pointer for Highland as the buzzer sounded.

Noldin and Anthony Murphy each notched their third fouls in the first few plays of the third quarter and had to spend a lot of time on the bench.

"The luxury to this team is that I can go four or five off the bench," Hayes said.

Griffith pulled away once those two came back. Tremell Murphy led with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Anthony finished with 13 points. Rodney Lewis chipped in 13, as well.

Morton survived a nail-biter with an 86-81 overtime win over South Bend Clay in the third-place game. Ta'Yon Carter's 31 points led the Governors, while Rayan Elabed came up big down the stretch to finish with 25.

T.J. Hursey hit five 3-pointers, including the one that forced overtime, and paced Clay with 24 points.

The Murphy twins were named to the all-tournament team, along with Lewis, Elabed and Clay's Martavious Richmond.

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