HUBER HEIGHTS — Wayne coach Travis Trice had one goal in mind Friday prior to hosting league foe Beavercreek.
“We wanted to win the game and go 16-0 and 6-0 in the GWOC Central,” Trice said after the Warriors built a 46-22 lead after three quarters and held on for a 53-41 victory.
Buoyed by 10 points by senior Chazz George and eight points by senior L’Christian Smith, the Warriors built a 28-16 halftime lead. Six baskets to open the third quarter sparked the Warriors to a 12-0 run for a 40-16 bulge. A dunk on a breakout by senior Kenny Couch put the exclamation mark on the 12-0 run.
But the visitors rallied in the final quarter against Wayne’s bench players, cutting the deficit to 48-40 with two minutes remaining. The Warriors, however, put the game on ice by finishing with a 5-1 advantage for the win.
George paced the Warriors with 15 points while Smith added 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. Wayne held a 26-15 rebounding edge. Each team committed 11 turnovers.
The Warriors hit 13 of 20 from the charity stripe while the Beavers were 7 of 10 from the line.
Mark Hess, in his second year as the Beavers head coach, praised the “no-quit” attitude of his team.
“We battled hard against the number one (Division I) team in the state,” Hess said. “With one quarter to go we told them it is was gut-check time and they responded.”
Beavercreek sophomore forward Jon Alessandre led all scorers with 27 points, scoring baskets inside and also hitting three shots from beyond the arc.
Trice also gave credit to the Beavers, who fell to 3-13 and 0-6 in the GWOC Central. He liked their hustle and grit.
“They played us tough,” Trice said. “Coach Hess is working hard, building a program for the school.”
With a minute remaining in the opening quarter, the visitors held a 9-8 advantage before the Warriors hit a bucket and two free throws for a 12-9 lead before the first period buzzer.
Eight Warriors scored in the game but only four Beavers scored.
BEA 09 16 22 41 — 41
WAY 12 28 46 53 — 53
Beavercreek: Jon Alessandre 10-4-27, Jackson Back 3-0-9, Cedric Baldwin 1-2-4, Jackson Hansen 0-1-1. Totals: 14-7-41.
Wayne: Chazz George 6-3-15, L. Christian Smith 6-2-14, Trey Landers 2-2-6, Dewayne Alexander 2-0-4, Rodrick Caldwell 1-2-4,Deshon Parker 2-0-4, Kenny Couch 1-1-3, Chandler Fointno 0-3-3, Totals: 20-13-53.
3-point goals: Beavercreek 6 (Alessandre 3, Back 3); Wayne 0.
Records: Beavercreek 3-14 (0-6), Wayne 16-0 (6-0).
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