Spring Hill unleashed an onslaught of unanswered points in the early minutes of the third period that buried Mineola en route to a 60-39 win Saturday in the Championship game of the Spring Hill Christmas Classic at Panther Gym.
The game was tied 25-25 at halftime, but thanks to separate third-period runs of 10-0 and 12-0 helped by five combined 3-pointers from Casey Mudoh, Kyren Miller (2), Tyrese Jones and Jay Rockwell, Spring Hill entered the fourth quarter leading 47-28.
The Panthers closed out the victory with a workmanlike fourth quarter to secure the tourney title and raise their overall record to 24-2.
Mineola finishes as the tournament runner-up after edging out Atlanta 52-49 in the semifinals. The Yellow Jackets dropped to 14-5 with the loss to Spring Hill.
Miller and Rockwell were named All-Tournament, along with Panthers forward Tyler Caron. Miller led Spring Hill in the championship game with 17 points. Mudoh had 10 points and Rockwell totaled nine points.
All told, Spring Hill drained nine treys in the championship game victory.
Mineola was paced in the loss by 14 points from Kedavion George and eight from Shaw Franklin, one of two all-tournament selections for the Yellow Jackets. Also named all-tournament was Jonah Fischer, who finished the title game with seven points.
The teams matched each other in the first period with Mineola enjoying a 21-16 lead entering the second. Neither offense could muster much in the second quarter. Mineola looked to be going in at halftime with a 3-point lead.
A rebound and quick pass by Spring Hill to Miller gave the sharpshooter just enough time to let it fly from deep for a trey at the buzzer to tie the game at halftime.
All the Panthers got into the three-point barrage in the second half to overwhelm Mineola.
Spring Hill JV won the consolation bracket thanks to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Cameron Rhodes which gave the Panthers a 54-53 win over Mount Vernon in its consolation semifinal. Gilmer won the other consolation semifinal 49-37 over Hooks and opted not to play in the final, giving Spring Hill JV the win by forfeit.
Atlanta won the third-place game over Tatum, defeating the Eagles 59-50.
Charlie Powell led the way for Atlanta with 19 points. Keyshawn Easter chipped in 12 points.
Tatum was led in the loss by 19 points from OB Jones and 10 from Jayden Boyd.
■ Named to the All-Tournament team: OB Jones, Tatum; Charlie Powell, Atlanta; Isaac Jackson, La Poynor; Tra Fluellen, Gilmer; Kason Plutcher, Mount Vernon; Jonah Fisher, Mineola; Shaw Franklin, Mineola; Kyren Miller, Spring Hill; Jay Rockwell, Spring Hill; Tyler Caron, Spring Hill