The second game of Thursday night basketball action matched two of the county’s top teams, the unbeaten Morrison Eagles verses the Centertown Warriors.
The Eagles edged the Warriors by a score of 42-33.
The high-powered offense of the Eagles seemed to prove more than the Warriors could stop. Problems scoring did not hinder the Warriors offense. Stopping the multiple shooters of the Eagles was more difficult.
The Eagles offense took advantage of the Warriors defense in the first quarter. Kason Holder led the Eagle offense with seven points, while Dawson Waldron scored six against the Warriors defense.
The Warriors offense was around, but not in huge numbers, with Wyatt Wilson being the lone scorer for the Warriors in the first with six points.
The defense stepped up its game for the start of the second period for the Warriors and held the Eagles to only seven points. Dominique Betancourt started with knocking down the game’s first three-point shot with Waldron adding two more. Kason Holder came to life with his first two points of the contest.
The Warriors were able to find the bottom of the net with a three-point bomb from T.J. Howard, followed by a basket from Dominic Hodges.
Eagle coaches must have really got their guys to shift into high gear in the locker room. Coming out of the half at full speed, the Eagles worked the low post with Holder leading the way with eight points. And when the post play wasn’t there, the Eagles went outside with another 3-pointer from Betancourt. Waldron had another two points to add to the total as well.
Even though Wilson found his touch again after the half with six points, the Warriors just could not find a matchup to stop the Eagles from controlling the post play. Howard for the Warriors added yet again another three-point shot with Brady Pegg getting in to the score books by adding two.
Heading into the fourth quarter the Warriors could hope to keep it close. It was a lot closer than the previous quarter. But the dominance in the third and lack of an answer for the Eagle post play was clear. Wilson continued to push the ball down the floor looking for scoring opportunities, finishing up with four more points for the Warriors. Howard dropped in another three ball as time wound down. Westin Wilson and Hodges finished the scoring with two each.
Four Eagle players were able to find the range in the fourth. Kolby Newby got his first two points of the game.
Next up for the Eagles at home will be the Eastside Bulldogs on Nov. 3.