ASHLAND — Fulton senior forward Tyler Sayler scored 17 points to help guide the No. 7 seed Hornets to a 69-60 triumph over No. 6 Warrenton in the consolation semifinals of the Southern Boone Classic on Thursday night.
Fulton — which forfeited its first-round game against No. 2 seed Battle on Tuesday night due to the forecast of inclement weather — evened its season record at 8-8.
The Hornets were in front 14-12 after one quarter Thursday night and outscored Warrenton 15-10 in the second quarter to take a 29-22 lead into halftime. Fulton protected a 44-40 advantage going into the fourth quarter and clinched the victory by outscoring the Warriors 25-20 over the last 8 minutes.
Senior forward John Adams added 15 points for the Hornets, who were 19-of-26 overall from the free-throw line. Freshman guard Josh Reams contributed 11 points.
"We continue to play better and better, and better every night — the guys are really growing together as a team," Fulton head coach Justin Gilmore said. "We rebounded so well and took care of the ball.
"The guys did everything we needed them to do."
Brett Smith topped Warrenton with a game-high 25 points and Sam Smith was next with 20.
The Hornets face No. 4 seed Hallsville for fifth place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Hallsville powered past No. 8 seed Harrisburg 65-43 in Thursday's other consolation semifinal.