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McKENZIE (February 29) — The McKenzie Rebels dominated Saturday’s Region 6A Boys Basketball Tournament opener, defeating the Collinwood Trojans 82-45 at Bethel University’s Crisp …
McKENZIE (February 29) — The McKenzie Rebels dominated Saturday’s Region 6A Boys Basketball Tournament opener, defeating the Collinwood Trojans 82-45 at Bethel University’s Crisp Arena.
The win sets up a rubber match with West Carroll in Tuesday’s semifinal round at Wayne County High School in Waynseboro. The Rebels and War Eagles split during the regular season, and fans of both teams have been itching for a decisive rematch that had been expected to come in the district championship last week.
McKenzie stormed out to a 25-11 lead after the first frame, led by Lucas King with nine points on a trio of three-pointers. Lazarick Hill scored four, and Evan Jarrett and Nate Whitsell each hit a three. Lane Horton, Micah Austin and Caleb Gill each had a pair. Dayton Scott led Collinwood with five points, including a three. Peyton Ward scored four points, and Blair Holt had a pair.
The Rebels had a 26-9 advantage in the second quarter, led by Austin with eight points, including a pair of threes. King and Gill each scored four. Whitsell hit another three-pointer, and Hill also scored three points. Horton and Witt Mitchum each had a pair. Trojans Noah Hollis and Tucker Thompson each hit a three. Dalton Chastain had a pair, and Ward hit a free throw. At the half, the Rebels led 51-20.
McKenzie had a 23-16 edge in the third, led by King and Gill with five points each, King with a three-pointer. Hill scored four, and Eli Surber hit a three. Whitsell, Mitchum and Johnathan Moore each had a pair. Hollis led Collinwood with eight points, including a pair of threes. Chastain and Thompson each hit a three, and Bryan Rozinski also scored three points. Heading into the final frame, the Rebels led 74-37.
The quick fourth was an 8-8 draw. Moore led McKenzie with six points on a pair of threes. Jaden Currie had a pair. Thompson hit a three for the Trojans, Chastain and Rozinski each added a pair, and Aidan Baskins hit a free throw.
Rebel Lucas King led all scorers with 18 points, including four three-pointers. Lazarick Hill and Caleb Gill each scored eleven. Micah Austin had ten points with a pair of threes.
Noah Hollis led Collinwood with eleven points, including a trio of threes.