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Tigers tame Pioneers
Luke-Martin
The Irving College Tigers made an early claim as the Warren County Elementary League’s best, while the Morrison Eagles opened up their season with a win Thursday night in the 3-pt Club preseason boys tournament.The Tigers moved into the tournament finals with an impressive 38-24 win over the Warren County Middle School Pioneers, and the Eagles drilled the Boyd Broncos 33-10 behind a big night from Rylan Sliger.Irving College was able to handle the Pioneer press, which posed a problem for Dibrell two nights before. The ball handling of Tyler Pomales and Chance Hobbs gave Irving College a chance to avoid turnovers and Jeffrey McCormick became the main beneficiary.Pomales and Hobbs beat the press with regularity in the first half and the Tigers’ big post just waited under the goal for passes.McCormick was able to connect for seven points in the first half, while Pomales added a 3-pointer, to make give the Tigers a 16-10 lead at halftime.Lucas Patrick took over in the second half as the Tigers ran away for a win. Patrick scored eight of his nine points after the break as Irving College pulled away from the Pioneers.A 10-point third quarter, led by McCormick’s four points, gave the Tigers a 26-16 advantage going into the fourth.Patrick knocked in three straight layups against the Pioneers to keep the lead in double figures for Irving College.Alex Steiner, who had to leave the game in the third quarter when he was hit in the face, came back to score four points for Warren County in the fourth, but the comeback bid fell far short.McCormick scored a team-high 13 points for Irving College.

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