The domination continues for the Dibrell Wildcats.
Coming off a perfect 17-0 season last year, the Wildcats once again are on top of the elementary basketball world. Dibrell downed Morrison 33-16 in the Morrison Ruritan finals Friday, hoping for another springboard to big success.
“Hopefully this can catapult us. I’ve been on the guys for two months. We’ve set a pretty high standard and want to uphold it,” said Dibrell coach Dustin Curtis. “I love these guys. I’m proud of them.”
Dibrell got off to a slow start, trailing 5-2 after the first quarter. The Wildcats were able to flip the game in the second quarter, outscoring Morrison 11-0 to take control.
The Wildcats closed the half with two big outside shots. Garrison Randolph was pure from the left wing with 1:30 to play, then Jeremy Boren followed with a smooth shot from the corner to put Dibrell ahead 13-5 at halftime.
Boren would finished with a game-high 14 points, which helped earn him tournament MVP honors.
Boren scored all seven of Dibrell’s points in a slow-paced third quarter. Boren pushed the Wildcats ahead 20-7 late in the quarter, again connecting from deep from the corner.
Kayden Coates tried to rally Morrison the fourth quarter, scoring all eight of his points in the period. Coates buried a pair of 3-pointers, one from several feet behind the line, but it wasn’t enough.
Randolph came back with a late 3-pointer, while Drathan Dixon scored six fourth-quarter points as Dibrell cruised to the 17-point win.
“We started slow. We had to weather the storm,” said Curtis. “They have a lot of size. We had to find a way to deal with their size.”
Nathan Elrod added four points and Matthew Young chipped in three in Dibrell’s win.
Ty Morton finished with three points for Morrison, followed by two points apiece from Connor Farmer and Caylon Driver. Jayron Morris added a fourth-quarter free throw.