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Dibrell boys take down Eagles
Dibrells Nathan Elrod brings up the ball Saturday night in the 5-6 grade preseason championship game. Elrod scored 18 points and was named MVP after the Wildcats defeated the Morrison Eagles, 47-27.

The Dibrell Wildcats held a slim lead, 17-15, over the Morrison Eagles at the half in Saturday night’s 5-6 grade boys preseason basketball championship.
It looked to be anybody’s game.
That’s when Dibrell started really pressuring the ball, forcing turnovers and pulling away for a 47-27 victory in the championship.
“We played sloppy the first half,” said Dibrell head coach Darek Elrod. “We were too relaxed so we played man to man and were about 50/50 on our opportunities.”
Winning MVP for his game-high, 18-point total, Nathan Elrod was also instrumental in many of the turnovers which cost Morrison during the second half.  Elrod’s persistence paid off as teammate Drathan Dixon would steal the ball and pass to Elrod, who made the layups look easy. Dixon also scored quite often as well, hitting for 14 points, cementing the win for Dibrell. Also scoring for the Wildcats were Matthew Young with seven, Jeremy Boren with six, and Garrison Randolph with two points.
The Eagles played hard underneath and were using their height to their advantage in the first half with Caylon Driver posting underneath for rebounds. Driver scored eight points in the contest. Morrison’s Ty Morton scored six of his nine points in the second quarter. In the end, the aggressive play of the Wildcats overcame the bigger Eagles.
“We had a great first half,” said Eagle head coach Kyle Cannon. “We just ran out of gas in the second. We’re still a young team.”
Also scoring for the Eagles were Ethan Hall with five points, Kaden Coates with four, and Connor Farmer hit one foul shot.