By DOUG EADS
The Southwestern Warriors came into Wednesday night’s 12th Regional Tournament opener with a 17-14 season record, but eight of those losses had came by three points or less, on in other words, one possession.
Simply, the Warriors had been snake-bitten all season long in close games, but on Wednesday night, there would no close game unfortunately for the Warriors.
Facing the West Jessamine Colts, Southwestern got 11 early points in the first quarter from Cole Dysinger, and early in the second frame, the blue and orange enjoyed a seven-point lead over West Jessamine at 19-12.
That’s when Brayden Sims picked up a second foul, and things went south on Southwestern, and in a hurry at that juncture when Sims was forced to the bench.
DeAjuan Stepp scored a game-high 32 points, and the Colts went on an 18-0 spurt in the first half to roar back for an 84-56 beatdown over the Warriors.
Simply put, it was just not the Warriors night.
Sims — in only 1:33 of playing time in the second half — picked up three fouls and fouled out in the final game of his outstanding prep career at Southwestern.
Dysinger meanwhile scored a team-high 16 points for the Warriors, but it was much too little, too late, as the Colts eventually built up the lead in the second half to 30 points over the Warriors.
Southwestern — with the loss to the Colts — finished the season with a 17-15 record.
West Jessamine meanwhile advanced with the win to next Monday night’s semi final round of the tournament, where they will run up against the Pulaski County Maroons.
PC tipped off the 12th Regional tourney on Wednesday night with a 62-49 win over Lincoln County.