With the win the Fighting Tigers will take on Westminister Oak Mountain in the championship game at 7 p.m.
“I am proud, honored and blessed to be able to coach this team,” TC Central head coach Damien Dorsey said. “Those guys came out and they were determined. I am very pleased with the effort from everybody. It was a total team effort; everybody played, so I am happy.”
TC Central got off to a fast start behind back to 3-pointers by Crystyle Stockdale and Cededrick Garrett to take a 6-0 lead. The Fighting Tigers then turned to their press. Trevarius Garrett hit a layup off a Fayetteville turnover. A few seconds later Stockdale got a steal and took in for a layup to put TC Central ahead 11 -1. Stockdale then embarrassed a Fayetteville showed off his ball handling skills as he crossed over a Fayetteville defender which made him fall onto the floor. Stockdale was fouled as he went to the basket, but connected on both free throws to give TC a 16-1 advantage.
Dewayne Wallace score four points in the quarter including a layup to give TC a 19-1 lead. Fayetteville’s only basket of the quarter came in final seconds of the quarter on a Tyari Powell Welch layup to cut the lead to 19-3 going into the second quarter.
“That was my theme to them in the first overtime (of the Winterboro-Westminister game), we went in and we had a real talk on what it mean to be hungry and not satisfied,” Dorsey said. “We have a lot to prove. That’s what we are out to do; we have a lot to prove. Nobody is going to give us anything. Now it’s time for us to play and everybody has to put up or shut up. “
TC Central (16-7)put the game out of reach in the second quarter as they outscored Fayetteville 26-8. Consecutive baskets by Lamar Suttle gave the Fighting Tigers a 23-7 lead. Stockdale drained a 3-pointer to increase their lead to 26-9. Later in the quarter, Stockdale converted a three point play and drained another 3-pointer build the Fighting Tigers lead to 38-11. Cededrick Garrett scored eight points in the quarter including back to back layups of turnovers to increase their lead to 42-11. Stockdale convert his second three point play of the quarter late in the quarter to give TC a 45-11 lead going into halftime.
Fayetteville continued to compete in the second half, but it just wasn’t enough to get back into the game.
Stockdale finished the game with a game high 23 points. Cededrick Garrett scored 13 points.
Powell-Welch led Fayetteville with 19 points.