TROTWOOD — Wayne Warriors rebounded from its season finale blowout loss to open the postseason with a 72-42 blowout of its own over the Stebbins Indians.
The Warriors had an up and down regular season but seemed like they had solved their problems until they ran into a hot Centerville squad. After the season finale, coach Nathan Martindale said that his Warriors would use lessons from the loss to build on the postseason.
“I think that obviously any time you play a tournament game, we’re trying to play at a high level no matter who you’re playing,” Martindale said. “A tournament is a tournament, you know? If you lose you’re out. So we don’t take anything for granted. We prepare like everyone is number one in the state.”
Wayne was in control from the opening tip, slowly pulling away as Stebbins fought to stay in the game.
The Indians played with high energy and were not afraid to take the ball into the paint, no matter what Wayne player was patrolling it.
Wayne was hot in the first quarter, closing out the quarter doubling up on Stebbins 22-11. Wayne then went on a 19-9 run in the second quarter to lead the Indians 41-20 at the half. The Warriors gave their starters a lot of rest and their bench was given lot of minutes in this contest, substituting frequently to keep fresh legs on the court.
Wayne played a little sloppy in the third quarter and was outscored 14-13 by the Indians, but still led by 20 points, 54-34.
Wayne dominated the fourth quarter 18-8, with mainly bench and JV players doing most of the work.
Coach Martindale added, “Like I said I thought our kids did a really nice job of playing hard, working hard. Third quarter wasn’t exactly how we wanted to be as far as effort stand point, but first second and fourth quarter the effort was there.”
Wayne advances to play Beavercreek on Wednesday, Feb 27 at Centerville High School at 6 p.m..
WAY 22 41 54 72– 72
STEB 11 20 34 42– 42
Wayne: Rashad McKee 15, Cam Fancher 8, Brian Hill 2, Tallice Landers 3, Malcolm Curry 6, Jordan Long 6, Ronnie Hampton 18, Bobby Cole 5, Elijah Brown 4, Ben Palma 3. Totals: 29-6-72.
Stebbins: Jalen Tolbert 7, Nate Keller 6, MaJakob Reed8, D Bowman 4, Kelby Cox 2, Ryan Hickey 4, Bradyn Pennington 6, D Banks 3, C Rand 2. Totals: 16-2-42.
Three-point goals: Wayne 8 (Fancher 2, Long 2, Hampton 2, McKee, Palma); Stebbins 2 (Keller, Banks).
Records: Wayne 13-9, Stebbins 6-17.