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Winchester returned to its winning ways Tuesday night as the Falcons traveled to Centerville for an important Tri-Eastern Conference contest against the Bulldogs. 

In the end, the Falcons had been impressive with a 70-48 victory over the Bulldogs and in the process kept their unblemished TEC record intact, improving to 6-0 in league play, moving to 12-6 overall.

“I thought we played really well for that long kind of lay-off we had with the cancellation last week,” remarked Winchester head coach Dustin Baldwin. “Defensively, I thought we did a really good job in the half-court. Offensively we hit some shots tonight, had some guys step up. Overall, I thought we played a really good game.”

This one was close only for the first three minutes as the Bulldogs were within one, trailing 6-5 with 5:20 showing in the opening period. After that, the next seven minutes belonged to Winchester as the Falcons kicked things up a notch, going on an 11-0 run in building a 17-5 advantage early into the second quarter. 

The Bulldogs would never get closer than to within 10 points from that point on. By half-time the Falcons owned a 31-16 lead and improved on that to be in command, taking a 55-29 cushion into the fourth quarter. Winchester would coast home from there.

“I thought this was a good win for us, come down here in the middle of the week,” added Coach Baldwin. “We’ve got to clean up some things (16 turnovers) but again I thought we had a couple of nice days of practice leading up to this. Hopefully we can go home and have a good practice on Wednesday and Thursday and be ready to go back at it at Lincoln on Friday.”

Winchester had great balance in its scoring, getting 15 points each from Brooks Burelison and Payton Sparks, 12 from Wayde Sickels and 10 from Gage Patterson. 

The Falcons shot well, hitting 50 percent or better in each quarter before finishing the game shooting 58 percent from the field, making good on 26 of 45 attempts. 

The Falcons hit nine of 12 at the free throw line for 67 percent, while out-rebounding Centerville 25-20. Sparks (7) and Nathaniel Dunica (6) paced WC on the boards.

Centerville, dropping to 3-13 on the season, 0-5 in the TEC, placed two players into double digits. Ryan Dickenson led the Bulldogs with 17 points while Austin Farlow chipped in with 13. The Bulldogs shot 40% from the field, making 17 of 42 attempts while sinking 10 of 11 at the line for 91%. Centerville committed 13 turnovers.

Winchester faces another TEC opponent on Friday with its road trip to Cambridge City.

WC reserves win 12th

The Falcon reserves improved to 12-6 on the season by defeating Centerville 44-42. Cooper McCoy paced the Falcon reserves’ attack with 23 points. Mason Barker followed with 10 while eight points from Paul Welch and three from Drew Loyd rounded out the scoring for WC.

Game summary

Winchester 15 16 24 15 70

Centerville 5 11 13 19 48

FALCONS – W. Sickels 2-3-0/0-1-12; Slusher 1-0-0/0-3-3; Campbell 1-0/0-2-2; Dunica 3-2/2-2-8; Sparks 7-1/3-2-15; Burelison 5-0-0/0-1-15; D. Sickels 1-0-2/2-0-5; Patterson 3-4/5-2-10 Totals 9-17-9/12-13-70

BULLDOGS – Farlow 1-2-6/6-0-13; Brown 1-0/0-1-4; Dickenson 3-4-0/0-1-17; Cunningham 1-2/2-2-4; Jellison 3-2/3-2-8; Reed 0-0/0-2-0; Schlotterbeck 1-0/0-1-2 Totals 4-13-10/11-9-48

Reserve summary

WC 7 18 10 9 44

CHS 4 12 14 12 42

FALCONS –: Harvey 0; McCoy 23; Loyd 3; Welch 8; Preston 0; Barker 10; Beshears 0