Cooperstown downed Institute of Technology, 76-65, to claim the Dick White Holiday Tournament championship at Cooperstown Saturday, Dec. 28.
John Kennedy won the tournament MVP thanks in part to a championship double-double that included 19 points and 18 rebounds.
Spencer Lewis (17 points), Kaishaun Jefferson (15 points) and Ryan Lansing (14 points) also had big games on offense for Cooperstown.
Cooperstown scored the first 11 points of the game and led 16-7 after the first quarter. But IT outscored the Hawkeyes, 29-16 in the second half, and led, 36-32 at halftime, and 51-48 at the end of the third quarter.
Cooperstown regained the lead several times, and a 28-point fourth quarter secured the come-from-behind win.
Lansing also earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Clinton beat Herkimer, 64-59, in the consolation game. Tanner Deveans scored his 1000th varsity point for Clinton in the game. Devenas, Herkimer's Jordan Lanaux and IT's Ozzie Goodrich and Edwin Seton also made the All-Tournament team.
It was the sixth straight year the Hawkeye boys have won their home tournament.
Cooperstown (6-2, 5-0) will host Mount Markham in a Center State Conference Division III game Friday Jan. 3.
Cooperstown 66, Clinton 63
In the semifinal game Friday, Dec. 27, the situation was reversed as the Hawkeyes held off a fourth-quarter comeback from the Warriors.
Kennedy had another double double, with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Lansing scored 18 points, including 10 free throws, and Jefferson had nine points and 12 rebounds.
Cooperstown led at halftime, 29-26, and then outscored Clinton by 10 points in the third quarter, 19-9, to bolster its lead. But the Warriors outscored the Hawkeyes, 28-18, in the fourth quarter, and 17-9 in the final three minutes to make the game close.
IT beat Herkimer in the other semifinal, 62-54.