HOLLIDAYSBURG - When a team catches fire, there's just no way stop it.
That was evident Saturday night.
McDowell hit its first six shots of the fourth quarter - including back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers - to blow open a tight game and run away with a 62-46 victory over Tyrone in the championship game of the Golden Tigers Roundball Classic at Hollidaysburg Area High School.
"It's big," McDowell coach Kevin O'Connor said of winning the championship. "I've got high expectations for this year. A lot of people laugh, but I view us as a heavyweight boxer and we're going to knock some people out.
"Respectfully, I think I've got a really good team this year and I'm proud of them."
The Trojans (6-1) held a slim three-point advantage heading into the final quarter, but their pinpoint shooting quickly put the game out of reach.
Jackson Hyland, Kennett
Nick Consiglio, Hollidaysburg
Brandon Gripp, Tyrone
Michael Beck, McDowell
Quinn Lewis, McDowell
MVP: Andrew Stromenger, McDowell
Quinn Lewis, Max Kerr and Matt Hansen capped off the decisive 15-2 run with consecutive 3-pointers.
Lewis finished with a game-high 19 points, including hitting 6-of-10 from long distance. He, along with teammate Michael Beck (nine points) were all-tournament selections, and Andrew Stromenger who added 14 points was tabbed as the tournament MVP.
"We take a lot of pride in that energy that builds," O'Connor said. "We're self-motivated. Of course we have the coaches here, but these kids, whether it's a loose ball, a charge or something else, they're on fire and ready to go. It's an asset to them. They love playing, and you can clearly see that."
McDowell seemed to take control of the game in the first half, building an 11-point edge at recess, but Tyrone's Erik Wagner sparked a bit of momentum with his buzzer-beater before the teams headed to the locker room.
The Golden Eagles (4-1) opened third quarter on a 7-0 run and chipped away at the Trojans' lead to get themselves back in the game.
"We knew coming out of the locker room that we had to start cutting away at the lead, and the guys did exactly that," Tyrone coach George Gripp said. "We were right where we needed to be going into the fourth quarter.
"I thought we were right there with them for three quarters of the game and then we hit a stretch there for about three or four minutes that just seemed like we fell apart. It really killed us."
Tyrone was just 16-for-43 from the field for the game, while leading scorers Brandon Gripp and Jordan Miller combined for an 11-for-29 shooting effort.
"I know Brandon and Jordan were off for most of the game," George Gripp said. "That usually doesn't happen. They don't miss those open shots. But it's one of those games where the shots just weren't falling for us.
"Tonight, it wasn't our defense that lost the game for us. It was our offense."
Brandon Gripp had 14 points 12 in the second half to earn an all-tournament nod, and Miller had a team-high 16 points.
"All in all, I'm proud of the guys," George Gripp said. "Being the only Double-A team in a Quad-A tournament, to come in and at least give these guys a good run for their money, I'm really proud of our guys."
In the consolation game, Kennett ended first half on a 9-0 run to take a two-point lead into the break and never looked back as the Blue Demons knocked off Hollidaysburg, 52-48.
Kennett (3-3) built an 11-point lead after Connor McGlone found Vaughn Jenkins on a back-door play to close out the third quarter.
"We're not ready to beat anybody that is a good team. I won't kid myself," Hollidaysburg coach Mick Pentoney said after his team failed to win a game in its own tournament. "That team they're a good team. [Friday night's] score isn't indicative of how good they are.
"We're a good enough team to beat teams, but we're going to have to work for it. We're not ready to do that yet."
The Blue Demons built their lead with the Golden Tiger starters sitting on the bench, a move Pentoney justified as "lessons to be learned."
Kennett led by as many as 14 in the fourth quarter before Hollidaysburg closed the gap in the final moments.
"No matter how good you are supposed to be, if you don't play hard, it doesn't matter," Pentoney said.
All-tournament selection Jackson Hyland had a game-high 22 points for Kennett, while Jenkins scored all 10 of his points in the second half after sitting out the first due to a coach's decision.
Nick Consiglio, who was selected to the all-tournament team, scored a team-high 19 points for the Tigers, while Max Sheetz had 13. Hollidaysburg was 14-for-42 from the field for the game, andwas 7-for-27 from 3-point range.
Kennett 52, Hollidaysburg 48
KENNETT (52): McGlone 1 0-0 2, Middleton 2 0-0 4, Kobayashi 2 0-0 5, Bouldan 4 0-1 8, Hyland 9 4-7 22, Kelly 0 1-2 1, Tucker 0 0-1 0, Jenkins 5 0-0 10. Totals 23-45 5-11 52.
HOLLIDAYSBURG (48): Sheetz 3 4-6 13, Adams 1 3-3 5, Mason 0 0-0 0, COnsiglio 6 4-4 19, Ottaway 2 0-0 4, Holsopple 1 2-2 4, Gates 0 0-0 0, Snyder 1 0-0 3, Viduya 0 0-0 0, Gildea 0 0-0 0, Ruggery 0 0-0 0. Totals 14-42 13-15 48.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Kennett11 13 18 10 52
Hollidaysburg10 12 9 17 48
3-point goals: Kennett 1-5 (Kobayashi), Hollidaysburg 7-27 (Sheetz 3, Consiglio 3, Snyder).
Records: Kennett (3-3), Hollidaysburg (3-4).
McDowell 62, Tyrone 46
McDOWELL (62): Lewis 6 1-1 19, Kerr 3 0-0 7, Stromenger 6 1-2 14, Grafius 2 1-2 5, Beck 3 3-4 9, Hansen 3 0-0 7, Tarasovitch 0 0-0 0, Dirkmaat 0 1-2 1. Totals 23-54 7-11 62.
TYRONE (46): Wagner 1 2-2 4, Gripp 5 3-4 14, Lingafelt 1 0-1 2, McKeehen 0 0-0 0, Miller 6 0-0 16, Politza 2 4-4 8, Brooks 1 0-0 2, Mitchell 0 0-0 0. Totals 16-43 9-11 46.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
McDowell14 18 10 20 62
Tyrone9 12 18 7 46
3-point goals: McDowell 9-23 (Lewis 6, Stromenger, Hansen, Kerr), Tyrone 5-19 (Miller 4, Gripp).
Records: McDowell (6-1), Tyrone (4-1).