Closing the season as they opened it, with a championship tournament trophy, the Morrison Eagles won the 7-8 grade tournament Saturday topping Centertown’s Warriors, 38-33.
It wasn’t unpredictable the No. 1-seeded Warriors and No. 2-seeded Eagles were the two teams squaring off for the end-of-season title. The two powerhouse Warren County teams were tough as nails all season.
The Warriors secured the No. 1 post by defeating the Eagles Jan. 19 in a change-of-pace day game at Centertown that went into overtime as the Wilson brothers faced off with Morrison’s Holder brothers. The two sibling rivalry’s athleticism, combined with two squads of fundamentally solid ballers, set up a consummate playoff environment.
“I couldn’t be more proud as a coach,” said Morrison coach Kyle Cannon. “Morrison was the only school who had both teams in the finals. Both teams represented Morrison and competed very well.”
There wasn’t much separation during the ball game. A few shots from the charity stripe with an extra bucket accounted for the five-point margin.
Morrison went 9-of-13 for 69 percent from the foul line. Centertown was 6-of-11 for 55 percent.
The matchup of brothers lived up to its billing as Morrison’s offense was led by the Holders, with a combined 33 points, Kason 21, Ryland with 12. Centertown was led by the Wilsons with a total of 27 points between them, Wyatt 14 points and Westen with 13.
“Centertown played very hard and had a good game,” Cannon added. “The Wilson boys are great competitors and show good sportsmanship. Our boys came out determined to get a win. That group of eighth-graders have won the championship since fourth grade. They have worked so hard over the years. I was glad to see them go out on top. We played great as a team and I was proud of our defensive effort and hustle.”
Other players to score for Morrison were Dominique Betancourt with 3 points and Tyler Dunn with 2.
“We expected it to be a close game with two good teams playing in a championship game,” said Centertown coach Caleb Shehane. “I am proud of the way our players performed tonight and throughout the entire season.”
Also scoring for the Warriors were Dominque Hodges with 4 points and Ben Rivers with 2.