The West Point Warriors were able to overcome one double-digit deficit at the Cold Springs Holiday tournament on Thursday night, but they weren't able to survive a second.

The Warriors cut an early 15-point hole against West Morgan down to three points in the third quarter of the second-round match, before the Rebels went on another big run to seal the game and win 70-51.

In other action at the tournament, the host Cold Springs Eagles advanced to the tournament championship game with a 49-41 win over county rival Fairview.

In the fifth place game, the Hanceville Bulldogs came away with a 48-37 victory over the St. Bernard Saints, despite being without their top scorer Rodney Hall.

- West Morgan 70, West Point 51: Trailing by as many as 15 in the first half, the Warriors finally cut the Rebel advantage to three points with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter.

But West Morgan went on a 16-2 run in a little less than three minutes to pull away for good.

Micah Richardson scored 32 points for West Morgan in the victory.

"We got down so bad early that it took a lot out of us to come back," said West Point coach Heith Yearwood. "We let them pull back out after we cut it to one possession and we just couldn't recover."

Nic Graham and Justin Monk were the bright spots for West Point in the loss. Graham led the team with 17 points, including four treys, while Monk added 16 points to go with a team-leading seven rebounds and four blocks.

"The whole team started off slow," Yearwood said, "but Monk and Graham really picked it up after that."

Also scoring for the Warriors were Blake Gammon with eight, Chase Mosley with five, Jake Hendon with two, Aaron Quick with tow and Blake Mechaw with one.

West Point turned the ball over 26 times and was outrebounded 45-32 by West Morgan.

The Warriors will face Fairview in the tournament's third place game at 6 p.m. today, but will be without three players — Gammon, Blake Overton and Justin Brummett. The missing Warriors are attending a football team trip to the Peach Bowl.

"We are going to be short-handed," Yearwood said, "so we are going to have to have our players that are here step up their games."

- Cold Springs 49, Fairview 41 : The Eagles took an early 17-4 lead, before the Aggies took a 35-34 lead in the fourth quarter.

The lead changed five times in the final period, before Cold Springs went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good.

Justin May led the Eagles with 12 points. Also scoring for Cold Springs were K.C. Dickerson with 11, Jared Hogeland with 10, Colton Stricklin with eight and Matt Williams with six.

Kody Butts and Jeremy Gilbert each scored 11 for Fairview. Also scoring for the Aggies were Ben Sellers with five, Isiah Hill with four, Kody Wright with three, Jesse Johnson with three, Bryce Bradshaw with two and Jeremy Calloway with two.

Cold Springs will take on West Morgan in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

- Hanceville 48, St. Bernard 37: Playing without Rodney Hall, who sprained his ankle in a loss to West Morgan on Tuesday night, the Bulldogs had eight players score to come away with the win.

Xavier Malcom led Hanceville with 12 points. Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Tristan Purifoy with 10, Kalif Green with 10, Greg Dulz with eight, and Demetrus Hall, Cory Flanigan, Preston Smith and Cordero Staton with two a piece.

Paul Richard led St. Bernard with 13 points. Also scoring for the Saints were Tony Thomas with 11, Ross Gray with five, Daniel Kerber with four, Ivan Fernandez with two and Nicholas Kelley with two.

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