HUBER HEIGHTS — Wayne exploded out of the gate scoring the first 14 unanswered points of the game to go on to a decisive 85-50 win over Springfield in a Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division contest Friday night.
It only took three minutes for Wayne to hit three 3-pointers, (two by Roderick Caldwell, one from Chazz George) and a dunk by Trey Landers that had the crowd rocking to set the tone for the rest of the game. Wayne hit a total of five 3- pointers, one each added from L’Christian Smith and Demond Parker coupled with lock down defense to give the Warriors a commanding 29-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“I was impressed on how we came out of the gate,” said Coach Travis Trice. “You get all this energy from the crowd, everybody’s hyped up, and it’s hard to control that emotion. I thought our guys did a good job of doing what we asked of them, get layups early, attack the rim, run the floor and pass the ball ahead. We did those things and what happened is a lot of different guys get layups, 3-point shots and get to touch the ball and feel good then it’s easier to play defense from there. I am happy with the first guy to the last guy who came in tonight.”
Springfield seemed to end its scoring woes in the second quarter coming back with several 3-pointers (one each from Michael McKay and Antwuan Johnson) and inside play from Darius Harper but had no answer for Wayne’s red hot Roderick Caldwell. Caldwell scored on three consecutive baskets, the last being a floater in the lane to give Wayne a 42-23 half-time lead.
Wayne put together a 12-2 run in the third quarter that featured a George 3-pointer and another Landers dunk off a fast break that spurred the Warriors to a 65-37 score.
From that point Wayne kept their foot on the gas pedal going on a 13-3 run that featured a beautifully executed Caldwell alley-oop pass off the backboard for a Landers dunk. The run culminated with 4:23 left in the fourth quarter as Smith went airborne to grab a missed shot and slam it in for the score and a 36-point lead that was the exclamation point on the decisive victory. With the win Wayne improved to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the Central Division. Springfield dropped to 8-3 and 1-2.
Wayne had nine 3-pointers and four dunks, three by Landers, one by Smith that showcased the ability to score in multiple ways with an arsenal of weapons. Four Warriors were in double figures. Smith led all scorers with 20 points followed by Caldwell with 18 points, Landers 17 points and George with 10 points. Darius Harper had 15 points and Danny Davis added 10 points to lead Springfield.
Wayne will host visiting Cleveland St. Ignatius (7-1) in a non-conference battle Saturday at 6 p.m. St. Ignatius is ranked No.1 in the Cleveland area and will be a true test for the undefeated Warriors.
“They are a top 5 team in the state, “said Coach Trice of St. Ignatius. “This is big for them, I know they will be ready, they will be prepared and it will be another great test for our guys.”
SPR 06 23 37 – 50
WAY 29 42 65 – 85
Springfield: Darius Harper 15, Danny Davis 10, Michael McKay 7, Brayden Underwood 4, Antwuan Johnson 4, Kalus Arnold 2, Michael Wallace 2, Jeremiah Ward 2. Totals: 19-10-50.
Wayne: L’Christian Smith 20, Roderick Caldwell 18, Trey Landers 17, Chazz George 10, Demond Parker 9, Davaughn Alexander 6, Isaiah Trice 3, Kenny Couch 2. Totals: 31-14-85.
3-point goals: Springfield 2 (McKay, Johnson); Wayne 9 (George 3, Caldwell 2, Smith, Landers, Trice, Parker).
Records: Springfield 8-3 (1-2), Wayne 10-0 (4-0).
Reach Stephen Granata at firstname.lastname@example.org