Vikings clinch top seed for tournament

Published 1:11 am Saturday, February 15, 2014

Warren Central basketball player David Robinson scored a game-high 16 points in a 53-42 win over Murrah on Friday night.

Warren Central basketball player David Robinson scored agame-high 16 points in a 53-42 win over Murrah on Friday night.

All Warren Central

had to do to

lock up the top seed in the Division 4-6A Tournament was not

get blown out by Murrah on Friday night.

The Vikings made sure it was never going to be an issue.

David Robinson scored 16 points, Gerald Glass added 12, and the Vikings beat Murrah 53-42 on Friday night to finally clinch the regular-season division title and top seed in next week’s tournament.

WC (16-10, 5-1 Division 4-6A) beat Murrah (12-13, 3-3) by 15 points Thursday night in Vicksburg, then needed only to avoid losing by 12 or more in the rematch Friday in Jackson. WC jumped out to an 11-point lead at halftime and held the defending Class 6A champions at arm’s length the rest of the way.

Jonathan Dunham led Murrah with 16 points and Jacob Ivory scored nin

St. Aloysius basketball player Connor Smith had 24 points and five assists in a 65-62 win over Cathedral on Friday night.

St. Aloysius basketball player Connor Smith had 24 points and five assists in a 65-62 win over Cathedral on Friday night.

e.

Warren Central will play Greenville-Weston in the first round of the divisio

n tournament Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Murrah.

Murrah, the tournament host, will play Clinton in a first-round game on Tuesday night. The championship game is next Friday.

(G) Murrah 52, Warren Central 18

Warren Central headed into the postseason on a sour note.

The Lady Vikes mustered little offense and were blown out by Murrah (18-5, 3-3 Division 4-6A) for the second straight night Friday in Jackson. Decada Taylor and Cretesha Kelly were WC’s leading scorers, with just four points apiece.

WC has lost 10 of its last 12 games heading into the league tournament.

Warren Central (7-18, 0-6) will play top-seeded Clinton in the first round of the division tournament Monday at 6 p.m. at Murrah.

The other first-round game will feature Murrah and Greenville-Weston on Tuesday night at 6.

(B) St. Aloysius 65, Cathedral 62

Connor Smith had 24 points and five assists to lead St. Aloysius past archrival Cathedral.

Ben Welp had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds for St. Al

, a

nd Luke E

ckstein scored 16 points.

St. Al finished second in Division 7-1A and earned a first-round bye in next week’s league tournament at Bogue Chitto. The Flashes will play Thursday at 8:30 p.m. against either Bogue Chitto or the Mississippi School for the Deaf.

(G) Cathedral 41, St. Aloysius 33

Julie Mabry scored 13 points, but St. Al lost in its regular-season finale Friday against Cathedral.

St. Al and Cathedral will play again Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the first round of the Division 7-1A Tournament at Bogue Chitto.