Two powerhouse Warren County 7-8 boys basketball teams went head-to-head Tuesday night as Dibrell played host to Centertown to determine who would out-seed the other as tournament time begins Monday.
After the final tally, Centertown boys clinched first place in the season with a 9-1 record with a 51-41 win at Dibrell.
“With one of our starters out (T.J. Howard) this week with a broken bone in his hand for our last two games (Eastside and Dibrell), we really had to step up as a team,” said Centertown head coach Caleb Shehane. “We knew Dibrell has a deep bench and we would have to play good basketball the entire 24 minutes. I thought we played great defense the entire game. We had great offensive play from the Wilson brothers, Wyatt with 30 points and Westen with 11. Westen really hit the boards hard and got us the rebounds we needed only allowing Dibrell with one shot opportunity each trip down the floor.”
“We had some key baskets from Dominic Hodges in the fourth quarter as we executed our offense,” Shehane added. “Wyatt hit key free throws throughout the game going 8-for-11 and 3-of-4 in the fourth quarter. It was a great way to end the regular season. We have suffered through a lot of injury this year with four of our five starters missing games at some point in the season due to injuries. I think that says a lot about how hard the team has worked to fill in the gaps all season long. We have to focus on the tournament next week and continue to play the same level of basketball.”
Dibrell didn’t go quietly, as Bryson Elrod led the offense with 20 points but the combined score, 41, of the Wilson brothers proved too much for the Wildcats to handle.
Other Wildcats to post points were Caden Davis and Will Wrisner with 6 points each, Caleb Wood 4, Aaron Ashburn 3 and Jordan Sandlin had 2 points.
Making additional hoops for the Warriors were Hodges with 8 points and Jarred Scruggs with 2 points.
Tournament action begins Monday, Jan. 30 at Warren County High School. Game times TBA.
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