The Eastside Bulldogs may still be the top dogs in the boys 7-8 grade elementary basketball league, but the Dibrell Wildcats and Irving College Tigers aren’t going to stop trying to catch up in the standings.
Dibrell kept its second-place spot in the standings Monday with a 33-21 win over the Centertown Warriors while Irving College held down the third-place position by defeating Boyd 41-35.
The Wildcats have won three straight games since losing to Eastside Dec. 10 to move its overall record to 4-1. The trend had been relying on the league’s top scorer Trey Cantrell to carry the team, but Monday’s game showed the Wildcats have an array of fire power.
Eight different Dibrell players scored against the Warriors while Cantrell spent most of the game watching from the bench.
After scoring five quick points in the first quarter, one more than Centertown would total in the first half, Cantrell went to the bench and watched his fellow Wildcats build a huge lead.
Three points each from Malachi Barrett and Ethan Stuart in the first quarter helped Dibrell lead 13-4 after six minutes.
The Wildcats continued to increase their lead in the second quarter behind a suffocating defense and spread out scoring.
Centertown was unable to score against Dibrell in the second quarter as the Wildcats turned up the heat on defense. While scoring didn’t come easy to the home team, Dibrell had no trouble finding the range.
Austin Higgins scored six points in the second quarter while Lee Randolph and Thomas Judkins added four points apiece as Dibrell went into halftime leading 29-4.
The Warriors finally found rhythm offensively in the second half by relying on guard McCall Turner. Turner scored all 17 of the team’s points in the second half to bring the score back to respectability.
Turner slashed to the basket on four layups, got to the free-throw line for three freebies and added two 3-pointers in the final 12 minutes.
It was part of a 19-point performance for Turner as the only other Warrior to score was Nicholas Williamson on a basket in the first quarter. The loss dropped Centertown to 0-5 this season.
Judkins and Higgins led Dibrell with six points apiece, followed by Cantrell with five. Randolph and Dillon Jones added four points each. Barrett and Stuart chipped in three points while Jaeden Pyburn tallied two.
The Tigers had their hands full with a feisty bunch from Boyd, but Chance Hobbs provided the lift Irving College needed to move to 3-2 overall.
Hobbs scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as the Tigers turned a game tied at halftime into a six-point victory.
After entering the locker rooms tied at 16, Hobbs led a charge that kept the Broncos at bay. Hobbs connected on four shots in the third period, one a 3-pointer, as Irving College built a 31-23 lead.
Eight more points from Hobbs in the fourth quarter was enough as the Tigers bounced back from a two-game losing streak with its first win since Dec. 10.
Luke Martin added eight points for Irving College, followed by Lucas Patrick with four, Douglas Nelson with three and Tristin Gunter with two.
Braxton Moody led Boyd with 13 points while Devin Terry joined his teammate in double figured with 10. Rounding out the Bronco scoring were Phillip Brock with seven, Cameron LeDuc with three and Aiden McVey with two.