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Controversial ending spoils spectacular game
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A black cloud will forever hang over the finale of the Warren County High School boys basketball team’s game against the Van Buren County Eagles on Friday night.The Pioneers and Eagles were locked in a tightly-contested game that went into overtime before two technical fouls sent Pioneer coach Malcolm Montgomery and his team storming to the locker room with 2:08 to play.With Warren County in the locker room, the referees had no other choice than to call the game and declare Van Buren County the victors as the home team led 61-56 when the game was suddenly halted. For more details on coach Montgomery’s walkout, see page 1-A.Before the sudden ending, the Pioneers and Eagles battled toe-to-toe in a game that couldn’t finish in the first 32 minutes.Neither team led by more than five points in the first half before Warren County built an 11-point advantage in the third quarter.Sophomore Lee Carden and seniors Hunter Daniel and Hunter Adams were responsible for giving the Pioneers some breathing room in the third quarter.Carden began the second half by banking in a 3-pointer to give Warren County a 30-29 advantage. Adams then scored by getting behind the Eagle defense for an easy layup following a missed 3-pointer.