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Security Federal Athlete of the Week: Jan. 23-29

Partnering with Security Federal, the Warren County Sports Authority will honor a standout local athlete each week. The WCSA and the Friendliest Bank in Town love seeing great athletic achievement and there are plenty to pick from every week in Warren County. From winter to summer, spring to fall, and on courts, fields, diamonds, dance floors and anywhere else an athlete can succeed, Security Federal and the Sports Authority are going to be on the lookout for the best of the best!

Morrison forward Braxton Gibbs

The Eagles wouldn't be soaring to the top of the 7-8 grade standings with an unbeaten 7-0 record without the talents of forward Braxton Gibbs. Gibbs' smooth shooting, hustle and versatile defense hit a new level last week, as he scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, to guide the Eagles to big wins over Irving College and Centertown.

Sometimes an afterthought in the Eagle attack, which is spearheaded by guards Kristopher and Isaiah Robledo, Gibbs has emerged as a lethal scorer who is making teams pay when they pay too much attention to the Morrison guards. Gibbs came in clutch, especially against the upset-minded Tigers on the road.

Irving College held a halftime lead over Morrison, but it didn't last long once Gibbs got hot. His shooting was a backbreaker for the Tigers, hitting two gigantic 3-pointers in the second half as the Eagles turned the game around and win 49-37.

He followed it up by leading the team with 10 points in a 39-3 rout of Centertown. It was the first time this season Gibbs had led the Eagles in points and it helped him jump into the top 10 scorers in the league (Gibbs ranks No. 8 at 7.29 points per game). He hit a league-high five 3-pointers last week in two games.

Gibbs and the Eagles will be trying to wrap up their unblemished season this week. Morrison is set to face Eastside on the road Tuesday before a decisive doubleheader with Dibrell Thursday. If Morrison beats the Bulldogs Tuesday, both the Eagles and the Wildcats will enter Thursday's games (5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.) with 8-0 records.

The 7-8 grade elementary basketball tournament is scheduled to start this Saturday, Feb. 5 at Charlie Dalton Gym.

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