Warriors roll in Arby’s Classic opener

By Darrell Wacker - and Ron Nunnari - dwacker@civitasmedia.com - Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com

BRISTOL, Tennessee — The Wayne Warriors continued their winning ways on Monday evening by overwhelming previously unbeaten Union (VA) 85-58. The game was the first for the Warriors in the Arby’s Classic in Bristol, Tennessee.

Wayne placed four players in double figures with Rodrick Caldwell leading the way with 20 including five 3-pointers and Trey Landers with 18. Also scoring in double figures were Chazz George with 15 and Demond Parker with 11.

The Warriors dominated the first and third quarters and built all but five points of their margin of victory in the two periods. Wayne led 23-10 after one quarter and 49-34 at the half. They eliminated any chance of a comeback with a 21-12 third period en route to the victory.

Wayne had 19 assists, led by Caldwell’s six and Landers with four. L’Christian Smith led the Warriors with 11 rebounds.

The Warriors (6-0 overall, 3-0 GWOC Central) will get a taste of international basketball in their next game as they face Urspring Academy out of Schelklingen, Germany. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

“I am pretty pleased with where we are at right now,” said Wayne Coach Travis Trice. “Our next opponent is Urspring out of Germany, which is essentially a basketball academy. They have a lot of size with one kid 6-feet, 10-inches tall, another that is 6-feet, 8-inches and several kids that are 6-feet, 7-inches or 6-feet, 5-inches. They have a lot of height and shoot the outside shot pretty well. They have big guards that are 6-feet, 5-inches and 6-feet, 2-inches and they are a relatively athletic team, more of a European style team. They are not super physical but they do have a big kid inside about 6-feet, 8-inches tall and about 240 pounds who is pretty athletic and had 24 points tonight.”

Trice was also happy to see his team off a solid 6-0 start despite a delayed start to the season. The Warriors had to reschedule some of their earlier games due to some players participating on the football team that made it all the way to the state final.

“We got kids back late and we are trying to get them into basketball shape after football and we are still in the process of doing that. The guys are responding real well and we had enough guys that didn’t play football that are pretty much basketball ready that have been able to help carry us some.”

UNI 10 34 46 58 – 58

WAY 23 49 70 85 – 85

Union: Jake Barnett 20, Raashaun Noaks 10, Wes Slagle 8, Justin Barker 7, Hayden Sharitt 6, James Mitchell 4, Adrion Jenkins 2, Jay Gavin 1. Totals: 20-14-58.

Wayne: Rodrick Caldwell 20, Trey Landers 18, Chazz George 15, Demond Parker 11, L’Christian Smith 6, Chandler Foitno 6, Kenny Couch 4, Deshon Parker 3, Davaughn Alexander 2. Totals: 28-18-85.

3-point goals: Union 4; Wayne 11 (Caldwell 5, Demond Parker 3, Smith 1, Deshon Parker 1, Foitno 1).

Records: Union 3-1, Wayne 6-0.


By Darrell Wacker

and Ron Nunnari



Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier