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Centertown takes two in tourney
Warrior Wyatt Wilson brings the ball down against the Livingston press during the Upperman Invitational Tournament during Christmas break last week.

Second Game

Centertown’s Warriors competed with six other Upper Cumberland schools in the Upperman Invitational Tournament at Upperman Middle School during Christmas break last week.
After falling to Rickman in the opening round, Centertown had to step up, or step off the hardwood. The Warriors decided to step up and defeated North Cumberland by a final score of 55-41.
Centertown’s offense defined the tempo and speed of the game keeping North Cumberland’s big man Ty Burton out of the paint with only 4 points. The tenacious D of the Warriors forced North Cumberland into an outside game where they dialed long distance successfully eight times during the contest.
“As a team, we played really solid defense,” said Centertown coach Caleb Shehane. “We had several steals and forced a number of turnovers. I was really pleased with the effort both offensively and defensively.”
Meanwhile it was off to the races for the Warriors as Wyatt Wilson was unstoppable on both sides of the court giving him a triple double for the game. Wilson scored a game-high 29 points, had 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Westen Wilson was hitting heavy inside for Centertown, converting 16 total points, all 2-point field goals.
Hitting for two treys, one field goal for 2 points and two free throws showed T.J. Howard was a prominent scorer and a threat inside and out.
The win allowed the Warriors to advance and face Livingston Middle School.

Third Game

Having moved forward after defeating North Cumberland in the Upperman Invitational Tournament, the Centertown Warriors were playing for pride and position.
In addition to Centertown, North Cumberland (Crossville), South Cumberland (Crossville), Rickman (Overton County), Homestead (Crossville), Upperman Middle and Livingston Middle School were in the tournament.
In a tight contest, the Warriors won, 38-34, over Livingston, giving them a fifth-place finish. Centertown is one of several Warren County schools that competed over Christmas break against larger rivals to face out-of-county competition and to get more experience in the process.
“The whole game was back and forth. We had some problems offensively and defensively that we had to get ironed out at halftime,” said Centertown coach Caleb Shehane. “In the second half, they were making the plays both offensively and defensively. Westen Wilson and Jared Scruggs had a tremendous game on the boards grabbing a number of rebounds and shutting down Livingston’s inside game. The key to the game was hitting our free throws in the fourth quarter. We were 10-for-12 from the line with Wyatt Wilson hitting 7-of-8 in the fourth quarter and 9-of-10 for the game.”
Wyatt Wilson had another double-digit game with 24 points, Westen Willis 6, Scruggs 5, Ben Rivers 2 and Brady Pegg 1.
Nathan Carwile was top scorer for Livingston.
“In the last few minutes we also had key free throws by Ben Rivers and key steals by Westen Wilson to seal the game,” Shehane said. “It was a great team effort. We were fortunate to play some good competition in the tournament. I think it was a good experience for our team to keep us dialed in for season play starting back this week.”
Centertown will hit the road as the Warriors travel to Eastside on Thursday, Jan. 5. Games begin at 6 p.m. with the Lady Warriors.