LEBANON – The Wayne Warriors used a balanced attack to put away pesky Lebanon in a GWOC National crossover contest Friday evening by a score of 59-44.
Isaiah Trice led Wayne with 13 points while L’Christian Smith added 10, Darius Quisenberry had 9, Chandler Fointno added 8, and Ray James had 7 as the Warriors improved to 12-5 overall and 5-3 in league play.
Lebanon fell to 3-12 overall and 1-7 in conference play.
The win wasn’t easy for Wayne. They jumped out to a 10-2 lead midway through the first quarter, but the home Warriors hung around and trailed 16-10 after one quarter.
Lebanon twice cut the lead to two early in the second period but was never able to take a lead. Lebanon scored to cut the deficit to 22-18 with 5:23 left in the half and called time, but the pause benefited Wayne who came out of the break on a 9-0 run to take their largest lead of the game to that point at 31-18.
Lebanon outscored Wayne 7-3 to close the quarter and trailed at half 34-25.
The teams traded baskets for the first half of the third quarter, but Wayne surge 11-4 over the final 4:39 put the Warriors up 53-38, a lead that would prove insurmountable.
The Warriors will face Cleveland Heights on Saturday at 6:25 p.m. at Wilmington High School.
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