(Editor note: a previous version of this article, and the print copy, stated Manchester Westwood beat Centertown Dec. 2. Centertown won the first matchup. Both teams are currently tied in the standings at 9-1 and the winner of Thursday’s game will win the regular season title. We apologize for the error.)
Nothing seems to be derailing Manchester Westwood and Centertown from their upcoming collision course to decide the 7-8 grade elementary champion.
The Westwood Rockets took a big step to a title Tuesday, beating Morrison 34-30 at Charlie Dalton Gym. The Centertown Warriors kept pace in the standings though, beating Eastside 43-31 Tuesday on the road and downing Irving College 45-13 at home Thursday.
Entering the final week of 7-8 grade elementary games, both teams currently sit atop the standings with 9-1 records. They'll meet Thursday, Jan. 16 - the final games for both teams in the regular season - to decide the season champ and the top seed in next week's elementary tournament. Centertown currently holds the edge due to its 42-39 road win over Westwood Dec. 2.
Morrison (8-2) tried its best to keep pace in the standings Tuesday, but it fell short in its upset attempt. The Eagles trailed 16-15 at halftime against the Rockets, but Jayden Carter - the league's leading scorer - took over in the third.
Carter, saddled by foul trouble in the first half, scored six of his game-high 12 points in the third to push the Rockets over the top.
Caiden Warren came up clutch as well, getting big buckets in the fourth on his way to nine points. His brother Jaiden Warren added eight points, followed by Cayden Trail with four and Skyler Stinson with one.
Tucker Wanamaker scored 13 points to lead Morrison.
Centertown got a big outing from Tyler 'T-Bone' Adams (13 points) to beat Eastside, while Thomas Burks stepped up with 12 points to dispatch the Tigers.
Centertown will have to withstand a battle at Morrison Monday before its final showdown.