The talk of Warren County elementary boys basketball Thursday was the matchup between WCMS and Irving College, but Dibrell and Eastside made sure their names were known by the end of the night.
The Dibrell Wildcats won their third straight game by cruising by Centertown 40-29 while Jesse Jones outscored Boyd on his own to lead the Eastside Bulldogs to a 41-19 victory.
The Wildcats, last season’s tournament champions, looked like an afterthought when the team started the season 1-3.
Dibrell has been on a tear since though, winning four out of five to vault into fourth place in the elementary league. More scoring has been the key as the Wildcats have cracked the 40-point mark in each of their last three wins.
On Thursday, it was Noah Campbell who was the high scorer for the Wildcats. Campbell netted 12 points, including eight pivotal points in the fourth quarter as Dibrell held on for victory.
The Wildcats jumped out to a big halftime advantage behind a sturdy defense and balanced scoring. Thomas Judkins led the way with six points while Lee Randolph added four to help their team take a 21-6 lead into halftime.
Centertown closed the gap in the third quarter though. Powerful post Kadin Cope got loose for eight points and Blane Elkins scored four as the Warriors outscored Dibrell 15-5 in the third.
Trailing by just five entering the final period, the Warriors couldn’t contain Campbell. Dibrell’s shooting guard hit four baskets and Randolph netted five points as the Wildcats ran away with an 11-point win.
Randolph scored 10 points for Dibrell to move into the top five on the league’s top-scorers list. Judkins finished with six, followed by Jaeden Pyburn with four and David Greene, Travis Bell, Jacob Lann and Austin Newby with two points each.
Centertown, which fell to 1-7, got a game-high 15 points from Brant Young. Cope finished with nine, followed by Elkins with four and Dalton Hillis with one.
In other elementary action, the Eastside Bulldogs improved to 4-5 behind a 22-point night from Jones.
Jones scored 12 points in the first quarter to put Eastside ahead 14-6, then closed out the game with eight points in the fourth as the Bulldogs kept their fifth-place spot in the standings.
Dillon Young and Noah Bost scored five points each for the Bulldogs.
Noah Millard added three, while Axel Rodriguez, Logan Young and Trayton Cole chipped in two points apiece.
Joshua Argo scored six points for Boyd, which fell to 0-8. Garrett Gilliam was next with five, followed by Heath Kuykendall with four. Braydon Scott and Eric Cason added two points each.