Dyersburg's Brice Williams made sure the Trojans would be playing in the final game on Friday, too.
The 6'2 senior had a breakout performance against the Eagles, dominating the paint to the tune of 40 points while controlling the boards with 10 rebounds. Williams shot 65 percent from the field, connecting on 20-of-29 attempts, and recorded four steals.
The end result was a stellar effort by the Trojans, especially in the fourth quarter as Dyersburg won in convincing fashion 87-72 to advance to the semifinal round against Corinth, Miss. on Friday at 7 p.m.
While Williams was dominating the inside, teammate Jay Howard used a quickness advantage to fly past the Eagles on drive after drive to finish with 22 points that included a soaring dunk in the first half. Howard also finished the game with four assists.
Rounding out the triple-digit scoring for the Trojans with 10 points was Deyvon Pierce. The speedy guard also was a beast dishing out assists, ending the game with a double-double after recording 11. Pierce grabbed five rebounds and had six steals as well.
The game certainly didn't end as it began.
The Eagles (2-9) appeared to be much better than their record indicated, at least early on in the contest. Chester County went to the well early and often when it came to the bulky Jarod Humphries, who finished the game with 25 points.
Dyersburg (6-8) led 20-10 with two minutes to play in the period before the Eagles ended the quarter on a 8-0 spurt to get within two headed to the second period.
A back-and-forth battle ensued in the second quarter with lead changes and momentum bursts seen by both teams. The game however, would be decided in the second half after the Trojans ended the first two quarters trailing by one, 39-38.
In the second half, after battling to a 55-55 deadlock at the end of the third quarter, Dyersburg had simply had enough. With a trip to the semifinal round of the tourney on the line, the Trojans rose to the challenge.
Dyersburg used a 14-6 run to start the quarter to take a 71-61 advantage when Williams scored in the paint off an assist from Kevin Shaw. The double-digit lead broke the spirit of the Eagles and the visitors never recovered.
As a team, the Trojans drained 40-of-73 from the field, but made just 6-of-17 at the free-throw line. Dyersburg easily outrebounded the Eagles 39-29, but committed 26 turnovers with 19 of those coming in the first half. The Trojans did a great job of sharing the ball as well, ending the game with a total of 29 assists.
The DHS Lady Trojans also find themselves in the semifinal round, and it was the easiest win of the day. Dyersburg was scheduled to face Lasuanne but a last-minute cancellation vaulted the Lady Trojans to a semifinal matchup against Chester County today at 5:30 p.m.
The schedule for Friday's round of the tourney is as follows:
11:30 a.m. -- Osceola, Ark. vs. Caruthersville, Mo.
1 p.m. -- Chester County vs. New Madrid, Mo.
4 p.m. -- DeSoto Central, Miss. vs. Munford
7 p.m. - Dyersburg vs. Corinth, Miss.
10 a.m. -- Crockett County vs. Osceola, Ark.
2:30 p.m. -- DeSoto Central, Ark. Vs. Munford
5:30 p.m. -- Dyersburg vs. Chester County