Five players scored in double digits as Lassiter cruised to a 90-48 win over Excel Christian on Saturday at the Pickens Holiday Classic in Jasper.

Will Harty led the Trojans (8-6) with 16 points, while Greg Watkins, Kyle Keener and Bryant Hunter each had 12. Carter Richards scored 11.

Holding a three-point lead after the first quarter, Lassiter outscored Excel 65-31 over the next two periods to take charge.

Lassiter will close the tournament Monday, returning to face the event’s host, Pickens.

Cherokee 76, Pope 71: Caden Jessop scored 28 points but it wasn’t enough as the Greyhounds fell to Cherokee in the semifinals of the Hounds Holiday Tournament.

Will Kolker finished with 15 points and nine assists, Gannon Brown had 15 points and Ross Shepherd added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Pope will face South Forsyth in the consolation game on Monday.

Walker 77, Cornerstone Prep 59: Omar Cooper scored a team-high 18 points as the Wolverines won the intra-county game in a holiday tournament at Adairsville.

Chris Newell added 14 points, Chandler Baker had 12 and Matthew Brown scored nine for Walker, which will play for the tournament championship Monday night.

Whitefield Academy 51, M.L. King 49: A.J. Hopkins scored 17 points as the Wolfpack won in a holiday tournament at McDonough.

Myles Redding added 12 points and Ethan Garrett had eight for Whitefield, which will resume its Region 6A schedule Friday at King’s Ridge Christian.

Late Friday

Pope 79, Forsyth Central 53: Will Kolker had 21 points and 11 assists to lead the Greyhounds to a win in the quarterfinals of the Hounds Holiday Tournament.

Ross Shepherd scored 20 points with 11 rebounds. Kolker added six steals.

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