Warner wins TSC Tournament Championship - Mar 3, 2017
The Warner Royals used a barrage of three-pointers in the second half to pull away from host Florida Memorial in Tuesday night's championship game, 79-63. With the win, the Royals will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NAIA DII National Tournament that begins on March 8 in Point Lookout, Mo. Tournament MVP Warren Hall (6'2''-G) led the Royals on the night with 35 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Hall scored 27 of his 35 points in the second half. Josh Ellis (6'4''-F) finished with 22 points and six rebounds for Warner while Nick Macon (5'11''-G) added 11 points for the Royals. Florida Memorial was led by Davon Williams (6'7''-F) with 11 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Aaron Bryant made nine of his 15 points from three for FMU. Kody Williams (6'3''-G) had 12 point and seven rebounds for the Lions. Warner shot 40.7 percent from the field, including shooting at a 53.3 percent clip in the second half, while Florida Memorial was held to 36.1 percent on the night. Warner also held the edge from outside, making 12 threes compared to eight by FMU. The first half was a defensive struggle with both teams struggling to put points on the board. The first 20 minutes featured six ties with the largest lead coming from Florida Memorial at six in the opening minutes of the game. To start the second half, Ellis made back-to-back threes followed by a three by Macon to turn a 27-27 halftime score into a 36-29 Warner lead. That lead extended to double-figures a few minutes later when Hall hit a three to make it 46-36. Hall continued to find the bottom of the net over the next few minutes and a basket by Ellis with 6:45 to play pushed the Warner lead to 21, 63-42. The Lions continued to fight until the final whistle but Warner made 19 of their 26 free throw attempts in the second half to help close out the game.
TSC Tournament Final: Warner - Florida Memorial 79-63 TSC Tournament Semifinals: Florida Memorial - Keiser 76-74 Warner - Thomas 84-83
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