By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Payson Seymour boys basketball coach Brian Rea noted that "there wasn't one easy game" for his Indians in this week's Pittsfield Turkey Tournament.
The Indians should be pleased then after wrapping up a 3-1 record for the tournament with Saturday's 69-54 win over Hannibal. Payson had the best mark of any of the five area teams in the six-team event. Pleasant Plains went 4-0 for the tournament and won the tournament title by beating Pittsfield 51-36 on Saturday.
"We have some really good parts," Rea said. "We just have to put them together."
The Indians had several key parts clicking against Hannibal (1-3).
Cody Hildebrand finished with a game-high 24 points to lead Payson, and Lance Buhlig added 21 points for the Indians.
The Indians led by four points at halftime behind 14 first-half points from Hildebrand. Payson then limited Hannibal to 20 second-half points to pull away.
Dalton Powell led the Pirates with 17 points, 12 of which came via 3-pointers.
"This tournament really helps find out a lot about yourself as a team," Hannibal head coach Matt Pugh said. "It shows you what you really need to work on."
For three quarters, Pittsfield hung with Pleasant Plains.
The Saukees (2-2) were tied with the Cardinals at 17 at halftime and trailed by two after the third quarter.
"Halfway through the fourth quarter it was a four-point ballgame," Pittsfield coach Brad Tomhave said. "We were able to slow down the game and play our tempo the way we need to play it. We just ran out of gas at the end."
That's when Pleasant Plains opened up some separation.
"They started getting easy baskets," Tomhave said.
The Cardinals outscored the Saukees 19-6 during the last quarter.
Wayde Smith led Pittsfield with 15 points and was the only Saukee in double digits.
In the second game of the day, Liberty used a 40-point first-half effort, sparked by 15 points from Michael Mast, to roll past Griggsville-Perry 63-51.
The Eagles (2-2) added 17 points in the third quarter.
Michael Blewett scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half to aid Liberty.
Mast led the Eagles in scoring despite not scoring after halftime.
Matthew Kennedy led the Tornadoes (0-4) with a game-high 26 points. Twelve of those points came in the Tornadoes' 16-point first quarter.