Lebanon basketball program hosts fourth annual Legends Tournament

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The Lebanon basketball program hosted their fourth annual Lebanon Legends Tournament over the weekend at Lebanon Middle School. Pictured above are current and former Lebanon basketball players.


Current and former Lebanon basketball players participated in the fourth annual Lebanon Legends League at the Lebanon Middle School.

The league featured quality basketball, with five teams squaring off and competing in the two-day tournament.

Among the former LHS players who came back to compete were Trent Millsap, Ryan Southard, Connor Hicks, Jack Ehrhardt, Devin Zimdars, TJ Overstreet, Kalem Copling, and many others.

Lebanon head basketball coach Adam Thornhill said that he always looks forward to seeing his former players at the alumni tournament and loves the connection between the current and former players.

“The whole purpose of this league is held for three different reasons,” Thornhill said. “Number one we want to create opportunities for our alumni to teach our kids and create learning moments for our current players.

“Number two is that we want it to be quality basketball and every year we have gotten a little better at that. Our alumni have been taking on a mentor type role, and number three is that we want our alumni to be able to come back and connect with our players.”

Thornhill mentioned that Southard was a part of his first team at Lebanon.

“It is  neat for me to see those guys as a coach, and then the guys the past three years like Caius Gillen, Anthony Taylor, and Tyler Merriott that have graduated and come through ... my vision, selfishly, is that if I am here for 10 years, at least I would get to see those guys once a year at Legends League,” Thornhill said.

On Friday night, teams competed in round-robin play, with every team playing each other one time. On Saturday, teams were seeded based on their performance the night before.

Team Lewis was awarded the No. 1 seed, Team Zimdars No. 2, Team Hudson No. 3, Team Dorris No. 4, and Team Christal No. 5.

On Saturday, Team Zimdars defeated Team Lewis, 43-34.
They were led by the tournament MVP, Ben Wallace, who finished the game with 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Harrison Carr added eight points, and Anthony Taylor chipped in six points.

Former Lebanon basketball standout Connor Hicks led Team Lewis in scoring with 15 points, and Josh Archer added seven points along the way.

In the opening game on Saturday, Team Christal defeated Team Dorris, 57-54 after Lebanon sophomore Ethan Christal hit a game-winning three-pointer as time expired to help lead his team to victory.

Christal led the way with 24 points, and Tyler Merriott and Seth Douglass led Team Dorris in scoring with 15 points each.

Team Zimdars squeaked by Team Hudson in the semi-final game, 75-71, to advance to the championship game.

Former Lebanon basketball standout Trent Millsap led each team with 25 points, including 18 second quarter points. Lebanon junior Dawson Zimdars added 21 points with Wallace scoring 17 points, and Devin Zimdars scored 13 points.

Before the championship game, the Lebanon basketball program hosted a 3-point contest. Former Lebanon basketball standout and Niangua head basketball coach Kalem Copling won the contest, defeating Lebanon sophomore Bryson Crowell and Caius Gillen in the finals.

Thornhill also said that this league would not be possible without the generous support of First State Community Bank.

“They (FSCB) do so much for our town and program,” Thornhill said. “We are always grateful for their ongoing support, and none of this would be possible without them being kind enough to sponsor us and help us out.”


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