After two straight days of cancellations, and then a win over Odessa on Thursday in the Clinton Tournament semifinals, the No. 2 seed Battle boys’ basketball team faced top seed Warrensburg in the tournament championship game on Saturday.Battle head coach Brian Meny knew going into the matchup how talented Warrensburg was and that the Tigers’ height would pose problems for his smaller squad.Turns out Meny was right.Battle simply couldn’t handle Warrensburg, as the Tigers defeated Battle 64-49 to win the tournament.Warrensburg dominated the glass and scored 22 points off of offensive rebounds. Meny added that Warrensburg’s dominance on the boards affected the speed of the game. “They are very good at controlling the tempo of the game,” Meny said.Battle also struggled to shoot the ball. The Spartans were held to 34 percent shooting and made four 3-pointers — they average 11.“We were getting very good looks but we weren’t knocking them down,” Meny said. He said that the difference in ages also played a role: Warrensburg has eight seniors on its roster, while Battle’s roster is mostly juniors and sophomores.“I think our youth showed a lot tonight,” Meny said.Ultimately Meny said that Saturday’s game came down to the Tigers beating… Read full this story
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