Boys Basketball remains undefeated

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            So far, the boys basketball team has experienced one of the greatest seasons in Indiana high school basketball’s recent history. The team is now 28-0 for the first time in school history, ranked as the number one team in the state and second in the nation.

              The Warriors’ team play has been a huge factor in the overall success of the team.

              “We’ve worked hard for all our achievements and accolades and have earned the right to be in the position we are in,” junior Jesse Bingham said.

              During the Warriors’ winning campaign, they have been considered one of the toughest teams to beat and are the favorite to win it all.

              “We have a great group of kids. They play well together and for each other. I wouldn’t want to be involved with any other team,” coach Criss Beyers said.

              Only three teams have managed to score over 60 points against the Warriors’ defense.

              “Defensively we feel like we can hold our own against anyone,” junior Jakobi Robinson said.

              One of the teams most impressive wins of the season came on senior night against no.7 ranked Carmel High School. The Warriors trailed most of the game, but ultimately the defense proved itself once again as they forced turnovers in the final minutes of the game gaining momentum. The game came down to the last shot as senior Antwaan Cushingberry drained a jumper at the buzzer and the Warriors won 66-65.

              “It’s a blessing to be at Warren Central and to be able to play on this team. All the hard work we’ve put in was shown here tonight,” Cushingberry said after the win against Carmel.

              Heading into sectionals, juniors Jesse Bingham and David Bell both lead the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points. Senior Guards Dean Tate and Antwaan Cushingberry have also been key factors, averaging nearly 10 points per game.

In the first two rounds of sectionals, the Warriors beat Arsenal Tech 57-34 and then went on to defeat North Central in a close game, 65- 60.

In the sectional championship, the Warriors played Lawrence Central for the third time this season. The game was back and forth, but a few late free throws by the Warriors helped them seal the victory. The Warriors won their first sectional title since 2000 and kept their undefeated season safe. 

Next up for the Warriors is regionals. The team will face off against conference rival and defending state champions, Ben Davis. This is the team’s third match up against Ben Davis and will be a tough game for the Warriors as they aim to finish the season with a perfect record. 

“This season has been a great accomplishment, but will be complete when we win state,” Tate said.