By DOUG EADS
Well, something had to give on Friday night at Southwestern’s Wigwam in the first round of the annual M & W Classic Basketball Tournament.
The undefeated 4-0 Harvest Prep Warriors from Canal Winchester, Ohio — the defending Division III state champions from Ohio — took on the undefeated Southwestern Warriors, in what turned out to be a great basketball game.
But in the end, someone had to prevail in this affair, and that someone was the Warriors from Southwestern.
Cole Dysinger scored a team-high 20 points while dishing out a career-best 11 assists, while Brayden Sims pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds and tallied 14 points.
Tanner McKee came off the bench to add 17 points for the blue and orange Warriors, and as a result, it was Southwestern handing Harvest Prep its first loss of the season with an 82-76 victory.
Southwestern only trailed one time in the contest at 33-32 early in the second quarter, but the Warriors would rally to lead Harvest Prep by seven points at the half at 43-36.
Chris Baker’s club in the second half would pad its lead to as many as 14 points, but behind the play of senior guard CJ Anthony, Harvest Prep would rally coming down the stretch.
Anthony poured in a game-high 39 points, but even that wouldn’t be enough for the defending state champions, as Southwestern would hang on for the six-point win over the Warriors from the Buckeye state, improving to 7-0 on the season.
The Southwesetern Warriors will return to action on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the M & W Classic, taking on Middlesboro at The PC Gym beginning at 5 p.m.
The game prior to that one, the Harvest Prep Warriors will square off against the Danville Admirals at The PC Gym at 3:30 p.m.
The first game of the day at Pulaski County High School on Saturday will tip off at 2 p.m., with West Jessamine meeting up against Bullitt Central.
The nightcap scheduled for 6:30 p.m. will feature the homestanding Maroons taking on Campbellsville.