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VERSAILLES — The Versailles Tigers rolled over West Liberty-Salem and Anna, winning their own Holiday Tournament.

West Liberty took the place of Brookville, who had been in the first two tournaments. The Tigers have never lost in the tournament, compiling a 6-0 record and keeping the trophy in Versailles.

In Friday’s game, the Versailles boys basketball team started slow against West Liberty before pulling away in the second quarter and winning 78-47. Versailles was not challenged after outscoring West Liberty 21-9 in the second quarter.

The Tigers pulled further away in the third, outscoring West Liberty 27-10 before substituting freely in the fourth. Kyle Ahrens poured in 32 points for Versailles.

Entering Saturday’s contest with Anna, Ahrens needed only 18 points to hit 1,000 for his career.

The Tigers jumped out to a big lead early and had Anna battling back in the first quarter. The Tigers had a 20-15 lead after one period, and it appeared like Ahrens would easily hit the 1,000-point mark in the game.

Midway through the second quarter with the Tigers pulling away, Ahrens went down and was screaming in pain. He would be helped off the floor and finished the game five points short of hitting the mark. Ahrens would be transported to the hospital to have a leg injury checked out.

On Sunday Versailles coach Scott McEldowney said Ahrens broke the tibia and fibula in his leg. Preliminary analysis showed a clean break that would not require surgery, McEldowney said, but Ahrens’ season is probably finished. More will be known when Ahrens sees an orthopedic surgeon early in the week.

The rest of the Tigers stepped up their game Saturday and outscored the Rockets 24-9 in the quarter to take a commanding lead at the half. The Tigers outscored the rockets 16-15 in the second half to claim their third straight title.

Damien Richard led the Tigers with 17 points in the title game. Richard was named MVP, scoring 31 in the two games.

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