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Harrisburg claims share of Carmi-White County tournament

  • Harrisburg senior guard Isaiah Saulsberry goes up for two of his 18 points in the Bulldogs' 66-54 win over Fairfield Tuesday night at the Carmi-White County Invitational Tournament. Saulsberry took home MVP honors, the first time that has happened for a Bulldog basketball player since Capel Henshaw in 2013.

    Harrisburg senior guard Isaiah Saulsberry goes up for two of his 18 points in the Bulldogs' 66-54 win over Fairfield Tuesday night at the Carmi-White County Invitational Tournament. Saulsberry took home MVP honors, the first time that has happened for a Bulldog basketball player since Capel Henshaw in 2013.
    MICHAEL DANN | mdann@dailyregister.com

 
By Michael Dann mdann@dailyregister.com
updated: 1/26/2018 6:33 PM

A Carmi-White County win over previously unbeaten Mt. Carmel Tuesday night, coupled with a 66-54 Harrisburg win over Fairfield, gave the Bulldogs a share of the Carmi-White County Invitational Tournament as both Harrisburg and Mt. Carmel finished the week 4-1.

In the Bulldogs' win over Fairfield, Isaiah Saulsberry had a co-team high 18 points as the senior guard took home Most Valuable Player honors from the tournament.

Saulsberry became the first Harrisburg player to take home MVP honors since Capel Henshaw in 2013.

In addition to Saulsberry's 18 points, Carson Burtis also had 18 points, knocking down four 3-pointers in the Bulldogs' win. Dalton Lambert was the other Harrisburg player to finish in double figures as he tossed in 17 points.

Blake Drue scored six for Harrisburg, while Jordan Bartok finished with five points and Will Sanders came off the bench to add two points.

Fairfield's Kobi Dagg scored 17 points, while Wyatt Gilbert added 12 for the Mules.

Harrisburg shot 24-for-61 from the field, including a 10-of-15 clip from the free throw line. Fairfield was held to 23-of-45 shooting and went 6-of-13 from the free throw line. The Bulldogs out rebounded Fairfield 30-25 and forced the Mules into 13 turnovers.

Harrisburg returns to action Friday night at West Frankfort.

Michael Dann covers prep and college sports for the Harrisburg Register, Eldorado Journal & The Gallatin County Democrat. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter