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Pioneers blowout Centertown in finals
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Jacob Dodd photo Treyton Terry, right, tries to shake loose from the defense of Moore Young. Terry scored 24 points to help the Pioneers close out a perfect season with a 50-14 victory over Centertown in the elementary tournament finals.

The expectation was for the WCMS boys to walk through the 5-6 grade elementary tournament. The Pioneers more than lived up to expectations.

The Warren County Middle School boys drilled the Centertown Warriors 50-14 in the finals, completing a perfect season in elementary basketball. The Pioneers previously won the preseason elementary tournament and went 8-0 in the regular season.

Treyton Terry earned tournament MVP honors following a 24-point performance in the finals. Terry hit six 3-pointers in the championship game, the best outside shooting performance by any player in the league this year.

Jonathan Lara added 12 points and Isaiah Cummings and Alex van Vuuren each had four points to help the Pioneers. Lara and Cummings joined Terry on the all-tournament team following Saturday’s game at WCMS.
Coach Justin Adcock knew his team had the target on its back all season after running through the preseason tournament. How his Pioneers responded to being favorites each night and still performing at a high level gives Adcock high hopes for their futures.

“I’m very proud of this group and the hard work they put in,” said Adcock. “They’re a special group of boys. I look forward to seeing what they are able to accomplish in the future.”

Saturday’s finals matchup pitted the league’s two unbeaten regular-season teams against each other in the finals. Centertown had rolled up 10 straight wins going into the finals, but looked overmatched from the tip against the Pioneers.

Warren County wasted little time running out to a double-digit lead with Lara leading the way. As the headliner of the Pioneers’ potent press defense, Lara was able to turn turnovers into transition points as he had eight points in the first quarter.

Terry punctuated the period with a 3-pointer late, giving the Pioneers a 19-6 lead after six minutes.
It was only the beginning of a big night from the Pioneer point guard.

Terry carried the hot hand into the second quarter, when he buried four 3-pointers en route to 16 points in the period. Terry scored the first 11 of his team’s first 13 points in the second quarter, including hitting three 3-pointers in two minutes of play.

Every shot seemed to bring a bigger celebration from Terry and his teammates. The crowd fed off Terry’s shot-making, collectively rising to their feet each time he eyed the mark from behind the arc. By the time Terry sank his fifth 3-pointer just before halftime, the Pioneers had built a 41-10 lead.

Warren County was able to coast in the second half with the clock running due to the mercy rule. Terry hit a 3-pointer to start the third quarter before watching most second half from the sidelines.

Centertown did little to cut into the lead, but Ethan Roach emerged as a bright spot with a pair of buckets in the third quarter. Roach finished with a team-high six points for the Warriors, who were held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

John Porter Prater, Tyler Adams, Baler Melton and Sam Rivers all finished with two points each for Centertown. Roach and Melton were selected to the all-tournament team from the runner-ups.

Easton West rounded out the big night for the Pioneers with a late layup. West, Easton Denning and Brett Cantrell had two points apiece in the victory.

In Saturday’s consolation game, Hickory Creek edged out Boyd 29-28. Two late free throws from Andrew Key helped the Hawks secure third place in the postseason tournament.

Key led the Hawks with eight points, followed by Brody Womack with seven, Dyson Elam and J.P. Toney with six points apiece and Creed Adams with two points.

Nathan Turner completed a strong season with 14 points for the Broncos. Thomas Burks was next with seven points, while Gage Harris chipped in a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Jordan Perry and Kaden Mowl scored two points each.

Key, Womack, Turner and Burks were all recognized on the all-tournament team. Dibrell’s Garrison Randolph was also selected to the all-tournament team.