Centertown wants to make sure the Warren County 7-8 grade county title stays local. The Warriors will get their chance to secure the regular-season title Thursday.
The Warriors were able to topple Morrison 36-25, setting up a winner-take-all matchup with Manchester Westwood for the regular-season 7-8 grade crown. Monday’s victory also avenged the lone loss by the Warriors this regular season, when they lost at home 39-36 back in November.
Centertown and Manchester Westwood both entered the week 9-1 in the standings, knowing wins Monday would set up Thursday’s title tilt. Westwood took care of business as well, beating Boyd 37-12 (more on 2B) to get into the final regular-season game unscathed.
Morrison (8-3) had a chance to force a three-way tie for first place, but the first step was beating the Warriors. The Eagles built an early lead behind two 3-pointers by Isaiah Robledo, but Centertown rode Thomas Burks to victory.
Burks scored a season-high 20 points, the highest by a Warrior this season, against the Eagles. The forward showed a lethal first step on drives, blowing by defenders for layups early in the matchup. When Burks wasn’t charging into the lane for buckets, he was a terror on the glass, gobbling up offensive rebounds.
Burks had eight points at the break to give Centertown a 17-14 lead at halftime, but he was only getting started. He busted out for nine points in the third quarter, getting a pair of layups and knocking down 5-of-6 from the line.
While Burks was going off offensively, Morrison’s offense hit a big drought. The Eagles were held scoreless in the third quarter, allowing the Warriors to grow their slim three-point lead at the break to 14 by the fourth quarter.
Colby Medley tried to right the ship with five of his eight points in the final period for the Eagles, but it was too late.
Ethan Roach, Tyler ‘T-Bone’ Adams and Aiden Miller each had buckets in the fourth as Centertown picked up its 10th win.
Adams finished with six points in the victory, followed by Roach and Miller with four points apiece. John Porter Prater added two free throws.
Robledo led Morrison with 10 points, including his early triples that gave the Eagles a 9-8 lead after one. Tucker Wanamaker, who was saddled with four fouls in the first quarter, finished with five points, while Condy Ayers scored two.
In Sunday’s Southern Standard, Manchester Westwood was listed as beating Centertown 42-39 in their first matchup Dec. 2, giving the Rockets the tiebreaker as of Jan. 12. The Warriors won the previous matchup by three points and should have been listed as having the tiebreaker in the standings. We apologize for the error.