The Warren County Elementary Basketball Association 5-6 grade season tournament came to a conclusion after the No. 1-seeded Dibrell Wildcats proved they deserved the ranking after a 48-46 barn-burner win over the Warren County Middle School Pioneers.
The barn-burner term definitely applied as defined “a sporting event which occasions a great deal of excitement” as any fan could tell you who witnessed the contest.
Warren County Middle School was down by 4-points with 1:22 left, 42-38, when Sawyer Seymour made an inside shot to get the Pioneers within 2 points. After a forced turnover, Wesley Sherrell (all tournament) tickled the twine from outside the arc bringing the Pioneers to a 1-point ballgame, 44-43.
Just when it looked like WCMS had gained momentum, the brakes came on as an inside foul was followed by a technical foul under the basket against the Pioneers. Dibrell’s conversion rate was poor, hitting 3-of-10 from the line down the stretch, but it was just enough to put the game out of reach with 23 seconds left and the score standing at 47-43.
A Dibrell foul shot and WCMS 3-pointer at the buzzer accounted for the 48-46 final.
“I knew it was going to be like this,” said Dibrell coach Darek Elrod. “We had to fight tooth and nail and keep playing until the last second.”
WCMS’s Kaden Rutledge (all tournament) was a primary threat for the Dibrell defense, even as the Wildcats tried to contain him he scored a game-high 22 points in the contest by using his speed and accuracy inside the paint.
Dibrell point guard Nathan Elrod (all tournament) worked both ends of the court, scoring 12 points in the contest as well as quarterbacking the ball down court. Elrod snagged two key rebounds in the final minute on missed Dibrell foul shots, mitigating the damage of the Wildcats poor free-throw shooting.
Dibrell spread out the basketball well with Garrison Randolph the team’s high scorer with 13 points, followed closely by Jeremy Boren (all tournament) with 10, Matthew Young 9 (MVP), Drathan Dixon (all tournament) 3 and Landon Morris had 1 point.
Also scoring for the Pioneers were Sherrell with 13 points, Seymour with 7 points and Logan Earls and Braylon Grayson each with 2 points.
The Irving College tournament officially ends the season for the 5-6 basketball league.