CENTERVILLE — Wayne used a balanced scoring attack to roll past Stebbins 90-31 in the second game of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division 1 sectional tournament Tuesday night at Centerville High School.
L’Christian Smith scored 16 points and Roderick Caldwell added 14 points to lead Wayne to their 32nd consecutive victory and a perfect 24-0 record. Also scoring in double figures were Trey Landers with 13 points and Chazz George had 10 points.
Stebbins was no match for the defending State Champs and the No.1 ranked team in the state as Wayne used balanced scoring and a relentless defense to overwhelm the Indians. One good thing about a blowout is that it gives plenty of opportunity for many players to see a considerable amount of action. Twelve different players made it in the scorebook as the Warriors cruised to a decisive victory and punched their ticket to play again on Friday night.
“In the tournament it always feels good to get the win,” said Caldwell. “Knowing you’re not going home, it feels good. We have to keep advancing and keep winning. We don’t try to play down the competition, we try to play hard every game and just give it our all. I am confident every game. Every game we play I think we are going to win. All the way 30-0 would be a blessing and a great accomplishment.”
“I was proud of the way we took care of the ball,” said Coach Travis Trice. “It’s easy in a game when you’re up like this to get sloppy and lose track of what you’re trying to accomplish. We had 26 assists and six turnovers. We took care of the ball. We didn’t shoot great, but I thought we passed it very well, and we shared the ball. I was really pleased with that. It was a team effort tonight. We don’t usually have a 30 point scorer, we don’t usually have somebody who stands out and shines. We have guys that can do that, but with this team it’s just like last year’s team. When you have five different guys who can get 15 or 20 points you don’t necessarily want one person to shine, we want the whole group to shine. It’s a team effort and that’s the way we want to keep it.”
Wayne jumped out to an 18-2 lead as Caldwell put an alley-oop pass in the perfect spot for the patented Trey Landers slam. That was Landers second dunk of the quarter, his first came on a steal and break to the basket. The Warriors kept things rolling as Demond Parker connected on a 3-pointer to give Wayne a 24-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
A Smith fade away jump shot in the lane and a Caldwell jumper sparked a 14-2 run as the Warriors surged ahead of Stebbins. A swarming defense forced Stebbins turnovers that were turned into easy baskets for Wayne. The Warriors cashed in on Stebbins misfortunes as Smith scored on three consecutive baskets. Isaiah Trice closed out the half with a drive to the basket and scoop shot to give Wayne a 46-17 advantage.
Wayne started the third quarter slow, but with 5 minutes remaining the Warriors reeled off 16 unanswered points to explode to a 66-25 lead. Wayne never looked back as they continued their onslaught in the fourth quarter. A Caldwell alley-oop pass was on right on the money for another Landers dunk that electrified the crowd and set the tone for the rest of the night. It was the exclamation point to another Wayne rout and tournament victory. Jonathan Mpanzu led Stebbins in scoring with 12 points.
“Our opponent doesn’t change our approach,” said Coach Trice. “I truly believe If we do the things we do well and we play hard, defend, rebound, get into transition, communicate and talk we will be fine no matter who we play against. We are really more concentrated and focused on what we do than who we play or what they do.”
Wayne (24-0) will play Piqua (14-10), Friday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. at Centerville High School.
WAY 24 46 66 90 – 90
STB 08 17 25 31 – 31
Wayne: L’Christian Smith 16, Deshon Parker 3, Chandler Fointno 4, Trey Landers 13, Scottie Lute 2, Chazz George 10, Roderick Caldwell 14, Ronnie Hampton 2, Kenny Couch 6, Isaiah Trice 4, Davaughn Alexander 8, Demond Parker 8. Totals: 31-19-90.
Stebbins: Michael Schuster 4, Michael Pickel 5, Jonathan Mpanzu 12, Kameron Marshall 3, Chris Davis 2, Jeremy Voorhees 3, Darquey Hart 2. Totals: 9-7-31.
3-point goals: Wayne 3 (Deshon Parker, Caldwell, Demond Parker); Stebbins 2 (Marshall, Voorhees).
Records: Wayne (24-0), Stebbins (7-16)
Reach Steve Granata via email at: email@example.com
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