Rams knock off Auburn in finals


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Emily Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Nathaniel Vick plays defense against an Auburn layup on Tuesday in the county championship game.


OJ Stapleton|NDL Auburn’s Dylan Basham passes the ball on offense against the Rams.


OJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead guard Brady Griggs drives to the basket.


OJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Dalton Thompson pulls up for a shot against Auburn.


OJ Stapleton|NDL The Olmstead players huddle up during a timeout.


The Auburn Tigers were tournament runners up.


The Olmstead Middle School boys’ basketball team earned the Logan County championship on Tuesday night with a 52-44 win over Auburn at Logan County High School.

“I am excited for this great group of young men to have achieved so much this year,” said Olmstead coach Todd Gill said. “This eighth-grade class has been practicing hard together for a long time and waiting their turn to shine.”

The Rams got off to a slow start and trailed 11-7 after the first quarter, but started to take control in the second half. By halftime, Olmstead lead 23-18.

Olmstead outscored Auburn 13-5 in the third quarter to extend the lead further and was able to hold on in the fourth to claim the boys’ championship.

“Our goals were high but we reached these: wins in all of our county games, wins in all of our home games, and win our always tough tournament,” Gill said. “I’m especially thankful that these boys also have wins against Russellville, Todd County, Butler County, Moss Middle School, and a strong Greenbrier team from Tennessee.”

Brady Griggs led the Rams in scoring with 13 points. Nathaniel Vick added 12 points and Dalton Thompson scored 11. Ethan Haley scored nine points and Isaac Walton added six.

“Each one has contributed to make this team better and had winning efforts. They are great team mates,” Gill said. “To learn how to set goals, work hard, wait our turn, support each other, overcome adversity, give our best effort, and give thanks are things that Olmstead Basketball is all about.”

Auburn was led in scoring by Ashton Gregory, who had 16 points. Braxton Meguiar added 11, Parker White contributed nine and Dylan Basham scored six.

Emily Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Nathaniel Vick plays defense against an Auburn layup on Tuesday in the county championship game.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0659-1.jpgEmily Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Nathaniel Vick plays defense against an Auburn layup on Tuesday in the county championship game.

OJ Stapleton|NDL Auburn’s Dylan Basham passes the ball on offense against the Rams.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0686-1.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL Auburn’s Dylan Basham passes the ball on offense against the Rams.

OJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead guard Brady Griggs drives to the basket.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0699-1.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead guard Brady Griggs drives to the basket.

OJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Dalton Thompson pulls up for a shot against Auburn.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0725-1.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL Olmstead’s Dalton Thompson pulls up for a shot against Auburn.

OJ Stapleton|NDL The Olmstead players huddle up during a timeout.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0734-1.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL The Olmstead players huddle up during a timeout.

The Auburn Tigers were tournament runners up.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0844-1.jpgThe Auburn Tigers were tournament runners up.

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By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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