Wayne improves to 3-0 with 97-66 victory against Detroit

HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne basketball team improved to 3-0 Saturday with a 97-66 victory at home against Detroit East Village Prep, a team that sports a number of Division I collegiate recruits. Wayne jumped out to a 22-12 first quarter lead and led 45-27 at halftime.

Any hopes that Detroit had to take advantage of halftime adjustments was foiled as Wayne outscored the visitors 34-20 in the third quarter, as Wayne opened a 79-47 advantage.

L’Christian Smith paced Wayne with 21 points while Trey Landers and Rodrick Caldwell each added 20 points and Chazz George had 15 points. Smith and Landers each had two blocked shots.

Smith was nine of 12 from the field, hitting eight of 10 shots from two point range. He had nine rebounds, seven at the offensive end, three assists and two steals. Landers was nine of 14 from the field and had two assists and six rebounds. Caldwell was hot from three-point range, hitting six of eight attempts. He grabbed two rebounds, 10 assists and four steals. George was six of 12 from the field and had eight rebounds, six at the offensive end.

Also scoring were Demond Parker 6, Kenny Couch 6, Chandler Fointno 5, Matt Palma 2 and Deshon Parker 2. Fointno had two rebounds, two steals and three assists while Couch had three rebounds and two assists. Parker added four rebounds and three assists.

Wayne shot 55 percent from two-point range compared to 46 percent for Detroit. The Warriors connected on eight of 19 attempts from three-point range while Detroit hit five of 16 attempts. Wayne converted nine of 15 free throws while Detroit sunk 13 of 17 attempts.

Wayne, who is tied for first place in the Greater Western Ohio C0nference Central Division with Centerville at 2-0, hosts Fairborn at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Fairmont at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.