Nashville wins Mater Dei Christmas Tournament with game-winning shot

In a game where both sides were hot behind the arch, a clutch three-pointer from Nashville’s Isaac Turner pulls the Hornets ahead to win the Mater Dei Holiday Championship, besting Doss, KY, 63-60.

Nashville gained momentum in the second quarter after being down by 11. The Hornets were ahead at halftime 32-29 after Saxton Hoepker laid one in at the buzzer.

The Hornets continued to take charge in the second half with a 7-0 run. The Dragons kept it close with a run of their own but Nashville kept the lead until Marcus Barker hit a three to put them on top 60-59 with 21 seconds remaining. Turner’s big shot followed, and Nashville came out the victor.

Three Hornets scored in double figures. Turner finished with 25 points and shot 8 for 12 from the field, three of five from three-point range, including the nail-biter with nine seconds left in the game. He also made six free-throws in nine attempts.

Hoepker was nine for 16 with 18 points. Nolan Heggemeier scored four for five from the field, three for four behind the arch and one for one in free throws for 12 total points.

“We shot the ball well. We responded when teams go on run,” Head Coach Patrick Weathers told WNSV. “That was the longest fourth quarter ever, longest five minutes ever. It wouldn’t end. But we found a way to hang and hang and hang with enough plays to come out on top.

Turner and Hoepker were both voted to the Mater-Dei All-Tournament team.

Check out the Nashville News on Twitter, which posted the game-winning shot.

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