Simley Spartan

Day 4: Simley closes out tournament with tight win over WSHS boys

The “Splash Brothers,” also known as the Stengards scored 39 points to lead Simley past Winona Senior High School in a tight-knit 71-67 victory in the final game of the 29th Annual Lewiston Auto Warrior Club Tournament at McCown Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Sam Stensgard scored 20, fifteen of which came in the first half, and Jack Stensgard finished with 19.

With WSHS (2-9) up 14-7 early, Simley unleashed a 15-0 run that put them in the driver’s seat, though the Winhawks pushed them all night.

Donald Ells III nailed a 3-pointer to make it 70-65 in favor of Simley (7-4) with 27 seconds remaining, but that led to Derrick Gray free throw. P.J. Appicelli connected on a jumper with 6.3 seconds to go, but the Winhawks couldn’t get the ball back, and Simley came away with a hard-fought victory.

Appicelli finished with a game-high 23 points, while Ells III went for 15 points and Trey Bechley had 12 for Winona.

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