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Pioneers score more than Moore
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The goal all week for the Warren County High School boys basketball team was to get to the gold bracket of the Sun Drop Romp Christmas tournament.
On Tuesday night, the Pioneers accomplished their goal by defeating the Moore County Raiders 51-38 in pool play at Charlie Dalton Gym.
The gold bracket was the reward for the four teams who won their respective pools in the opening two days of the Sun Drop Romp.
The Pioneers won Pool A by defeating Jackson County on Monday and beating Moore County a day later. Warren County joined Cookeville, Cumberland County and Hixson as the four finalists vying for the tournament championship.
The key to Warren County’s victory over the Raiders was capitalizing on the team’s size advantage.
Junior post Nick Simmons scored a team-high 14 points off the bench and senior starter Justin Ware poured in 10 points to lead the Pioneers to victory.
Moore County simply didn’t have anybody to match up with the 6-foot-6 Simmons or the sheer size of Ware in the paint.
Simmons and Ware bullied the Raiders as the duo combined to score 20 points in the paint and grab 16 rebounds.
Ware helped get the Pioneers started early by working on the block to get open. Starting point guard Mitchell McCorkle fed Ware with two terrific passes in the first quarter and Ware capitalized by making two layups.
The low-scoring first quarter went in favor of Warren County as the team took a 10-6 lead after eight minutes.
Guard Jacob Reagan took over the offense in the second quarter. Reagan, who looks to be full speed after spending most of the first month of the season recovering from an ankle injury, went to the rim at will to put points on the board for the Pioneers.
Reagan got a layup and earned two trips to the free-throw line where he made 3-of-4. Simmons pitched in six points in the second quarter as Warren County led 24-20 at halftime.
Ware came out strong in the second half to help Warren County start expanding its lead. Ware made three baskets in the third quarter, two on layups and one on a tip-in, as the Pioneers opened up a double-digit lead.
Beginning the fourth quarter leading 41-30, Ware turned to Simmons and let the junior carry the Pioneers to victory.
Simmons scored on a putback midway through the fourth to stop a mini run by the Raiders, then showed his range late by sinking a 15-footer from the baseline to seal the Pioneers’ sixth win of the season.
Senior Hunter Adams was clutch at the charity stripe in the final moments, making 4-of-4, as the Pioneers won by 13.
Simmons became the seventh different Pioneer to lead the team in scoring as Warren County has gotten good point production from everybody this season. Reagan joined Simmons and Ware in double figures with 10 points.
Warren County faced Cumberland County last night in the opening round of the gold bracket. The results were unavailable at press time.
With a win, the Pioneers would advance to the championship game, which will be played at 4:30 p.m. today at Charlie Dalton Gym. A loss would send the Pioneers into the consolation game, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. today.
Check Sunday’s Southern Standard for a full recap of the semifinals and finals of the Sun Drop Romp Christmas tournament.