By DOUG EADS
The Southwestern Warriors had been snake-bitten all season long in close games heading into the championship game of the Boy’s 48th District Basketball Tournament on Friday night.
Hosting arch-rival Wayne County at the Wigwam in the district tourney title game, Southwestern had suffered over half of its losses on the season by three points or less; or in other words, the Warriors had lost those seven games by one possession.
And on Friday night, heartbreak set in again for the Warriors, who can’t seemingly buy a break in a tight contest at the end of a game.
Knotted up with Wayne County at 76-76 in a great game once again between these two familiar arch-rivals, the Warriors were whistled for a foul with only :01.6 left in the contest, and the visiting Cardinals capitalized by hitting one free throw, coming away with a district championship with a hard-fought, 77-76 win over the Warriors.
Behind 15 first half points from senior guard Cole Dysinger, the Warriors led Wayne County 38-32 at the intermission, and led the Cards through three quarters of play at 56-51.
However, Dysinger was held to only three points in the second half, and Wayne County outscored Southwestern in the fourth quarter 26-20, to escape The Wigwam with the one-point win.
Brayden Sims joined Dysinger in double figures in the loss with 15 points, as the Warriors fell to 17-14 on the season with the loss.
Southwestern and Wayne County will both advance to next week’s Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament next week at Pulaski County High School.
Check back later this afternoon on The Doug Out Sports Blog, as I will have all the matchups, dates, and times of both the Boy’s and Girl’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournaments.
The Girl’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament will get underway on Monday night at Lincoln County High School.