RACINE — The Purple Tornadoes defeated the Southern Gold 133-120 in the 10th annual Southern Alumni Big Fooze Scholarship basketball game Friday night at Southern High School. Bryan Harris drilled 15 three-pointers to lead all scorers with 51 points for the winners.
Joe Wolfe was the inspirational player of the game with six points for the winners. Wolfe was also the oldest Southern Alumni playing — a 1984 graduate. Former Lady Tornado Jaiden Roberts played on the men’s team and had 10 points in a great effort.
The Golds jumped out to an early eight point lead behind Tyler Blevins’ 11 points and solid scoring from Jaylen Blanks, Blake Johnson, and Tristan Wolfe. The Gold team led 29-26 at the end of the first period. At the half the Gold team led 59-55.
The eventual winners rallied in the third quarter to lead 90-84. Harris had five three-pointers and two deuces in the rally, while Bradley McCoy notched 11 in the comeback bid. Harris hit five more trifectas in the final round, some 25 feet back. McCoy was also impressive with three long balls in the finale and Dylan Smith had 11 fourth-quarter markers as Purple rolled to a 133-120 win.
Behind Harris’s 51 points, Bradley McCoy added a stunning 37 points, Dylan Smith 25, Daniel Otto 14, and Joe Wolfe six. For Gold, Tyler Blevins led the squad with 37 points; Tristan Wolfe added 36, Blake Johnson 21, Jaylen Blanks 16, and Jayden Roberts 10.
Event organizers were assisted by Brady Huffman and Nathan Carroll with officiating; Alan Crisp, clock; Brooke Crisp, concessions; Tricia McNickle and Holly Wolfe, admissions; Sponsor Robert Hendrix and Hendrix Trucking; and Daniel Otto, set-up and facilities with Jeff Beaver and Jenny Hendrix. Most of all, Scott Wolfe expressed the fans and players for coming out, and praised the teams for great sportsmanship.
Proceeds from the game go to the Southern Alumni Association’s Hilton Wolfe, Jr. “Big Fooze” Scholarship which has awarded nine scholarships of $500 or more over the past nine years to deserving Southern seniors. Scholarship Donations can be made with checks payable to Southern Alumni-Big Fooze Scholarship, Attn: Scott Wolfe; 920 Elm Street; Racine, Ohio 45771.