One of the things on the New Summerfield Hornets’ list of goals and objectives for the 2010-11 season is to win a tournament.
That dream can turn into a reality on Saturday night, as the Hornets blasted Neches 70-46 in first round play of the Frankston Indian-Azalea Orthopedic Invitational Tournament on Thursday night — New Summerfield punched its ticket into the finals with a 58-50 decision over the Robert E. Lee junior varsity on Friday.
The Hornets (7-3) were scheduled to face host Frankston in the finale on Saturday night at G. V. (Bo) Ousley Gymnasium.
Regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s championship tilt, New Summerfield is guaranteed a higher placing than it earned last season as the Hornets wound up third.
“One of the things that we really want to be able to do this year is to win a tournament,” New Summerfield head coach Jason Davis said. “We finished second in our own tournament a few weeks ago, so this is our last chance to try to reach that goal.”
It was obvious early on against Neches (0-8) that the Tigers would not be standing in the way of the Hornets advancing into the semi-finals, as New Summerfield jumped out to an 8-0 lead and a 15-5 advantage after one quarter of play and never looked back from that juncture.
The Hornets’ big man in the middle, Diyrell White, scored six on New Summerfield’s first-eight points in route to a 22-point effort.
He also had nine blocked shots and seven rebounds against an undersized Neches squad.
Davis said prior to the start of the game that White had “been on fire lately”, both in scoring and in racking up blocked shots, and that he expected that trend to continue throughout the weekend.
New Summerfield led 38-18 after two stanzas, despite Davis emptying the bench early on.
Every player that suited out for the Hornets scored at least two points in the game.
“Anytime you can have all your kids scoring and getting a lot of minutes without having any injuries, its a good deal” Davis said.
The Hornets led by as many as 26 points (70-44) when Ivan Ornelas drained a trey from the left corner with 1:53 to go in the game.
Other Hornets to reach double digits in the game were, Cade Wilkerson with 14 and Austin Gray who netted 10.
Daniel Velazquez was the high scorer for the Tigers with 22 points.