Dragons back in regional final with chance to three-peat

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Warren Central now has the chance to three-peat.

After winning both the 2018 and 2019 Boys’ Region 4 Tournaments, the Dragons will yet again have the opportunity to capture a regional championship after defeating Clinton County 58-47 in the semifinals on Monday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Warren Central (25-7 overall) led 21-14 after the opening quarter and 32-23 at halftime, but Clinton County got within 44-37 after three and battled with the Dragons in the fourth. However, WCHS was able to remain in front and hold on for the win. 

Dre Boyd finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for WCHS, while Tay Smith scored 14 points and Geovonni Floyd tallied nine. 

Chase Stines scored nine points for the Bulldogs, who finished their season 24-8. 

Warren Central will face longtime rival Bowling Green at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the regional final. 

Warren Central put together a 9-0 run – highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers from Izayiah Villafuerte – to take a 14-6 lead at the 3:48 mark of the first quarter. 

The Dragons used a 7-0 run soon after to go up 21-8, but Clinton County responded with a pair of triples from Nick Brown and Blake Melton to cut its deficit to 21-14 after eight minutes of action.

Bryson Cross’ 3 brought the Bulldogs within 23-21 at the 5:18 mark of the second, but Warren Central used 7-0 surge to go up 30-21 – and Floyd closed the half with a dunk to make it 32-23 Dragons. 

Nick Delk knocked down a deep ball to trim Clinton County’s deficit to 38-32 with 3:12 remaining in the third quarter, and Kobe Brents hit one of his own to give the Dragons a 42-35 lead with 1:31 left in the frame.

Melton and Cross hit back-to-back 3s to bring the Bulldogs within 47-43 with 3:26 remaining, but Boyd drove inside and threw down a dunk to put Central up 52-45 with just over a minute to go and seal it.

CCHS –    14     9    14   10   —   47

WCHS –   21   11   12   14   —   58

CC: Blake Melton 11, Chase Stines 9, Nick Delk 8, Chase Stines 7, Bryson Cross 6, Chase Guffey 6. 

WC: Dre Boyd 18, Tay Smith 14, Geovonni Floyd 9, Kobe Brents 7, Izayiah Villafuerte 6, Jaiden Lawrence 2, Tegra Muleka 2.  

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