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The surging Hornets closed out the regular season by winning their 14th in a row with a North Central Missouri Conference rampage over the Spartans on Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Fulton (18-2, 8-1 NCMC) — which swept the season series with Moberly — was in front 16-12 after one quarter. The Hornets then outscored the Spartans 28-16 in the second quarter to widen their lead to 44-28 at the break.

Fulton pulled away for the commanding victory by outscoring Moberly 31-18 in the second half.

"I thought our guys did a very good job of controlling the tempo of the game," Hornets head coach Justin Gilmore said. "Our defensive pressure really forced Moberly into some tough shots and our guys crashed the boards hard, which allowed us to get out and go."

Sophomore forward Josh Reams produced a game-high 22 points — connecting on five of his six 3-pointers in the first half — to spark Fulton. Sophomore guard Courtland Simmons and sophomore forward Donovan Weigel chipped in with nine points apiece.

"Offensively, we spread out our scoring between a lot of guys," Gilmore said. "Josh really got us going early (with his 3s). I thought everyone else shared the ball great and we were able to get open shots and layups."

Jaisten Payne topped the Spartans (8-13, 2-6) with 21 points.

The Hornets are the No. 2 seed for next week's Class 4, District 8 Tournament. Fulton will host No. 3 seed Boonville in a semifinal matchup at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Hornets were scheduled to play the Pirates on Feb. 15 in Boonville, but the game was cancelled due to the weather.

"Our guys are excited to finally get the chance to have a district home game," Gilmore said. "Boonville is a very solid team and will be a tough game for us — they are a very long and athletic group.

"We will have to continue to bring the same defensive energy we have been if we want to be successful. It should be a great matchup between two really good teams."

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