Warren Central opened Thursday’s contest at Fishers in style and finished in domination on its way to a 67-39 win and an undefeated regular season.

On the first play of the game, Warriors’ guard Dean Tate lobbed an alley-oop that teammate David Bell through down for a slam. Warren Central (25-0) scored the first 10 points of the night, before Fishers (11-11) was able to get a pair of free throws from junior Terry Hicks with just over six minutes in the first.

The Tigers didn’t fold, however, and cut the score to 21-14 after one quarter of play. Hicks, who finished with a team-high 16 points, and senior Jeremy Szilagyi led a Fishers’ charge that brought the margin to just two at 23-21. That would be the closest the Tigers would get the rest of the way.

Warren Central answered Fishers’ rally with a 13-1 run sparked by the tenacious defense the Warriors have displayed all season. The Tigers turned the ball over just 12 times, but it seemed as if every giveaway led to a fast break basket and a momentum shift in the Warriors’ favor.

Warren Central led 33-22 at the half and increased its lead to 18 after three and ultimately pulled away for the 28-point victory.

Junior forward Jesse Bingham finished with a game-high 18 points for the Warriors, who will take on Indianapolis Arsenal Tech on Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 4A Sectional 10 bracket. Senior Joe Rush chipped in with 17 points, five steals and four assists, while Bell had 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Junior Josiah Matthews finished second on the Tigers with 11 points, and Szilagyi poured in 10 on his senior night. Fishers was without the services of junior guard Willie Jackson, who injured himself in the Tigers’ win over Kokomo on Tuesday.

Fishers will have a week to prepare for its next contest, as the Tigers drew a bye in the Class 4A Sectional 8 at Noblesville. Fishers is scheduled to play March 2 against the winner of the first-round matchup between the host Millers and the Anderson Indians.