Centertown has some work to do if the Warriors want to repeat as champions of the 7-8 grade basketball league.
Dibrell showed just how far Centertown needs to go Tuesday night in the second round of the Morrison Ruritan Tournament.
Dibrell was overpowering in every aspect of the game in coasting to a 29-17 victory that wasn’t as close as the final score may indicate.
The Wildcats were scoring from inside, outside and in transition in jumping out to a commanding 22-2 lead at the half.
Dibrell point guard Lee-Allen Esparza was all over the court, creating turnovers and scoring layups. He showed his ability to take the ball to the hoop by driving down the middle of the lane and launching a floater that went in from 7 feet away.
Dibrell’s defense created offense. Kaden Pendergraph made two first-half steals and he passed the ball ahead to a streaking Esparza both times for two fast-break layups.
Wildcat Syler Simmons showed his range by hitting a 3-pointer from the corner. Simmons then produced perhaps the niftiest shot of the game when he made an off-balance turnaround jumper from the baseline that put Dibrell up 19-0 and put a big smile on his face.
With the Dibrell offense singing a happy song, Centertown couldn’t find anywhere to go to score the basketball. The Warriors were unable to feed the ball inside or work free for open shots on the perimeter.
Centertown almost went scoreless in the first half, but sixth-grader Kiptyn Medley came off the bench to save the day. Medley made two foul shots with .5 left in the opening half to prevent a shutout.
Medley played like a ray of sunshine and was a bright spot for Centertown. He hit a 3-pointer, was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line and finished with a game-high 11 points.
Dibrell coach Dustin Curtis played his starters only briefly to start the third quarter, then went deep to his bench. The Wildcats had eight different players who scored.
The boys championship game between Morrison and Dibrell was being played Thursday night as the Standard was going to print. Check Sunday’s edition for results or visit the scoreboard at www.southernstandard.com.
DIBRELL Lee-Allen Esparza 8, Syler Simmons 7, Chance Whitlock 3, Cason Davis 3, Eli Mietling 2, Jace Matheny 2, Sawyer Stanton 2, Kobe Brand 2
CENTERTOWN Kiptyn Medley 11, Ryan Romzeck 2, Cohen Moore 2, Jackson Moore 2