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Capac falls short of title


Green Devils slip past Chiefs in Moore Tourney final


January 07, 2009
CAPAC — Host Brown City earned a 55-51 win against Capac in the championship matchup of the Harry C. Moore Boys' Varsity Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, December 30.

With the outcome, Brown City ups its mark to 5-1 overall. Capac watches their record drop to 2-2 this season.

"We played a great game," Capac Coach Bob Shoemaker said. "The kids fought hard to the end," he noted.

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Capac’s Anthony Closurdo (L) and Jon Botwin (R) turn up the defensive pressure against Brown City’s A.J. Burton at the Harry Moore Tournament. photo by Kevin Kissane.

In Tuesday's matchup, Brown City took a 21-14 advantage after one quarter was complete.

Quarter number two saw Capac bounce back with a 15-13 edge.

That left Brown City holding a 34-29 edge at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Capac continued to inch closer.

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Aided by an 11-8 third quarter edge, Capac whittled their deficit to 42-40 at the 24-minute mark.

Brown City then outscored Capac 13-11 during the final eight minutes of play, closing out a 55-51 win.

A.J. Burton (15 points, including three field goals of the three-point variety) led Brown City. Jack McPhail (12 points, featuring three treys) and Tom Reintjes (10) hit for double figure outputs as well.

Rick Jones paced Capac with a 23-point performance. He drained three triples along the way.

Capac had five other players reach the scoring column. Their ranks consisted of Matt Burgess (11 points), Jon Botwin (six, including a trifecta), Josh Messner (five, featuring a trey), Anthony Closurdo (four) and Joe Johnson (two).

All-Tournament team - A.J. Burton, Brown City; Jack McPhail, Brown City; Rick Jones, Capac; Matt Burgess, Capac; Andrew Huffman, Marlette; and Deane Baker, North Branch.

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