Postgame: Warren Central falls to Montgomery County in state tournament

Just wanted to provide a few snippets of the postgame interviews from both sides following Warren Central’s 71-63 loss to Montgomery County today in the Boys’ Sweet 16 tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

WILLIAM UNSELD, Warren Central coach

Opening thoughts: “It was a tough one. It was a game of runs, and they made that last run. It took a lot of energy to get back in the game, and they made that run. We just couldn’t get over the hump in the end.”

Montgomery’s Omar Prewitt, who scored 29 points: “He made some tough shots. He made some contested shots. He’s 12 for 24. We did a good job for the most part, but he made some big ones. We lost him a couple times in transition, but a kid that good is going to make some shots.”

Missing several outside shots: “We got the shots we wanted. Walker goes 1 for 7 from 3, and he hasn’t done that all year, really. … If we replay it again, we’re taking those shots because that’s what we did all year.”

Young players: “Their seniors played really well. I had three juniors play really well. I’m looking forward to making another run at it next year with these three.”

HAPPY OSBORNE, Montgomery County coach

On Warren Central: “My hats off to Will Unseld and Warren Central. (Former WCHS coach) Tim Riley and I are really good friends, and Will’s done a great job of replacing job of replacing Tim and winning the region.  They have a heck of a team. Don’t think they didn’t run at us and play their tails off.”

Dragons’ rally in third quarter: “I think it’s a credit to our kids that we were able to withstand that third quarter. It was a barrage. It felt like a landslide, and our guys got back to playing defense. We got back to rebounding and were able to pull it out.”

CHRIS PORTER-BUNTON, WCHS junior forward

Playing better in the second half: “We knew we had to get it in the post, and our teammates did a great job of feeding us the ball. We knew they couldn’t hold us down low. We kept gutting it out.”

OMAR PREWITT, MCHS senior forward

Pulling away late: “That’s what we’ve been doing all year. I think we’ve only had one win within 10 points this year. Our pressure just really got into teams late. We keep the defensive pressure … and they just wear down.”

BYRON CARVER, WCHS junior forward

Montgomery’s late run: “We were just pushing it like always. We were trying to keep it going. We weren’t going to let it go. Coach told us to gut it out, and we did.”

Indians answering every WCHS push: “We knew when we took the lead, they were going to come back with us. Coach told us to calm down and just play defense.”

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