SALEM — Borden has won another championship.
Saturday’s 59-38 victory over Salem gives the Braves their third consecutive Washington County Invitational title and is their first championship since last March’s unforgettable run through the state tournament.
The 2013 Washington County title marks the first time Borden has ever won the crown three straight years.
“That was something we were trying to motivate our kids with,” Borden coach Doc Nash said. “The kids bought into it. They wanted to do it and they went out and did it.”
Borden beat Salem (2-3) with a balanced attack. Tournament MVP Garrett Vick and All-Tournament selection Zack Gilliam scored 14 points apiece. Senior Brian McGee added 10, senior Josh Vollsted scored nine and Caleb Hart chipped in with seven.
“That’s who we are,” Nash said. “We can put guys out there who can score. They found a way to win.”
The Braves had 14 assists on 20 field goals, led by Josh Vollstedt’s four.
“This team shares the ball real well,” McGee said.
Vick, Gillam and McGee took turns being the Braves’ hot hand. During a tight first quarter, Vick scored five straight points to give Borden a 9-6 lead with 2:59 to go. Hart split his two trips to the foul line and gave the Braves a 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Gillam dominated the second quarter. During a 9-2 run that gave Borden a 21-13 lead, Gillam had a hand in all but one Brave field goal. He hit a 10-footer in the lane, scored on a fast break, assist on a Vick layin, scored on an offensive putback then knocked down a pair of free throws. He finished the period with eight of Borden’s 13 points and helped the Braves to a 25-20 halftime lead.
Vick took over in the third. After Josh Vollstedt hit a 3 to open the half, he scored on back-to-back putbacks. After picking up his third foul, he scored on a fastbreak on an assist from Vollsted as the Braves pulled away for a 40-26 lead at the end of three quarters.