SALEM - The so-called "Breakfast Bracket" in a state tournament can be rough on a team - not so much who you play, but how you play.
With a 9 a.m. start to Friday's loser-out, consolation game with Burns, the Warrenton boys basketball team was still a little sleepy when it came to shooting, as the Warriors struggled from the field in a season-ending loss to the Hilanders, 46-38.
Neither team looked sharp in the morning contest, as Warrenton finished 16-of-47 from the field (1-for-18 from the 3-point line) with 19 turnovers, while the Hilanders made things tough on themselves at the free throw line, making just 10-of-25.
But Burns took advantage of Warrenton's slow start to build a 22-12 halftime lead on the Warriors, and the Hilanders never let the lead slip below six points in the second half, as they hung on for the win.
Warrenton was still within striking distance with five minutes remaining, as a layup from Cameron Hackwith brought the Warriors to within 37-31.
But Warrenton had just one field goal over the next three minutes, and only a 3-pointer and a layup by Justin Sleutel in the closing seconds made it a more respectable score.
Burns was 5-of-17 at the line in the final four minutes to keep the Warriors close.
Dylan Thompson had 16 points to lead Burns, while Hackwith had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Warrenton.
It was the end of the road for Hackwith and eight other Warrenton seniors, including Jacob Bentley, Alex Hoggard, Aaron Jannusch, Jordan Kelly, Billy Kerr, Jared Morrison, Cody Patterson and Josh Wheatley.