Monday night kicked off the regular 2014-2015 basketball season for grades 7-8 throughout Warren County. The teams played their preseason Ruritan Tournament the second weekend in November in Morrison.
Over the last three weeks, teams have been making their final preparations for this season and the Centertown Warriors would play host to the Irving College Tigers. The Tigers were down from the opening tip and the Warriors never looked back, outrunning the Tigers, 57-16.
Centertown wanted to get out in the first quarter and make a statement, and the Warriors did. Warrior post player Dalton Hillis led the way in the first quarter scoring a game-high 10 points which led the Warriors to a 24-3 first quarter lead.
Halfway through the first quarter Centertown went on an 11-0 run forcing the Tigers to call for time. The defense for the Warriors was quick and had the Tigers on their heels. The Warriors are able to read the passes, intercept the ball and turn around and score quick baskets in transition.
The Tigers bright spot in the first quarter came with just under a minute to go in the period when Eduardo Contreraz hit a 3-pointer.
The Warriors owned the glass on both ends of the floor. They out jumped the slightly smaller Tigers on almost every possession and controlled the rebounding.
With Centertown in command of the game with a first-quarter score of 24-3, the Warriors introduced five new players to the game. The second quarter started right where the first quarter ended.
Not slowing down, the Warriors continued to blanket the Tigers on defense, forcing Irving College into poor passing choices and bad shots when they had the opportunity for shots.
With the second quarter ending and Centertown out front 30-7, the Tigers had a huge hole for themselves.
The third brought out the same five players for the Warriors from the previous quarter. This time the Warriors came out slightly better as the nerves had settled from the halftime break.
The Tigers were needing offense and didn’t have anyone to step up for it. Jalen Smith was able to get two shots to fall for four points, and Contreraz was able to connect on a 3-point shot again from deep.
Halfway through the third brought out five more Centertown players who had yet to see any action from the previous three quarters. The original starting five for the Warriors remained seated as they continued to use players from deep on the bench. Westen Wilson and Spencer Thompson combined for 14 of the 18 fourth-quarter points by Centertown.
Smith for Irving College was the lone scorer for the Tigers in the final quarter.
WARRIORS scoring - Dalton Hillis 10, Westen Wilson 9, Spencer Thompson 8, Brant Young 7, Damian Thomas 5, George Stifuentes 4, Aarron Woodlee 4, Carter Mansfield 2, Jax McBride 2, Jaythan Shehane 2, Nathan Wright 2, Will Rivers 2.
TIGERS scoring - Jalen Smith 8, Eduardo Contreraz, Cameron Fults 2.