GREENVILLE — Wayne shot the lights out from 3-point range to take out Greenville 96-61 in a Greater Western Conference matchup Saturday night.
The Warriors remained undefeated improving to 20-0 by defeating Greenville enroute to winning their 28th consecutive game. Wayne has many weapons and can beat an opponent in many different ways, but tonight the Warriors used their 3-point shooting as a weapon of choice. Wayne connected on thirteen 3-pointers on the night building a lead that could not be overcome despite Greenville’s all-time leading scorer Clay Guillozet exploding for 33 points.
“That was really it for us tonight,” said Coach Travis Trice concerning his teams shooting performance. “We needed to share the ball a little more; we needed to get our guys catching the ball in rhythm. I thought we shot the ball well and we needed to, and I was really excited and happy to see that.”
Trey Landers and Demond Parker led the way for Wayne scoring 17 points each, Parker also had five 3-pointers and Landers added three 3-pointers. Also in double figures were L’Christian Smith with 15 points, Chazz George 13 points and Roderick Caldwell added 10 points to contribute to the win.
Concerning Parkers 17 points and five 3-pointers, Coach Trice commented that it was important for them to have Parker’s shooting to go along with what Trey Landers and Blue (L’Christan Smith) can do on the inside.
Wayne pushed out to a quick 15-5 lead behind two 3-pointers by Parker and another triple from Goerge. Greenville answered with a 3-pointer from Trae Wood to cut the lead to seven points, but that set off a Wayne 16-5 run that built a 19 point lead and a 32-13 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
With Greenville down 18 points with 6:28 to go in the second quarter a couple of quick baskets by Aaron Rich and Isaiah Gable got the home crowd rockin. The Wave used it as fuel to put together a 9-2 run to cut the lead to a manageable 11 points. But once again the Warriors refused to be rattled as Landers buried a 3-pointer from the corner pocket. Wayne then reeled off nine unanswered points that featured an L’Christian Smith dunk that propelled the warriors to a 53-32 halftime advantage.
Wayne showed no signs of letting up as they entered the third quarter applying pressure on defense and running the floor in transition. For Wayne out of the seven field goals made in the third quarter six were 3-point bombs that helped to build a more than comfortable 32 point lead and a 76-44 advantage. Wayne dominated the rest of the way and cruised to another GWOC victory.
“We are 20-0, I don’t know how much better you can feel,” said Coach Trice. “This team gives you everything that they have; you have good nights and bad nights. I think every coach in the state would be happy to trade spots with me, I feel good about our team. These guys are thirsty; they are thirsty to win another State Championship. Some of the guys have been along for the ride, some are new and they want to taste it. It’s not that hard to stay hungry, you’ve got other stuff you’re playing for, it’s a perfect season on the line right now and these guys don’t want that to go away, so it’s not that hard to stay focused.”
Wayne plays at Fairmont Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. then host Centerville Friday, Feb.12 at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the regular season.
WAY 32 53 76 95 – 95
GVL 13 32 44 61 – 61
Wayne: Trey Landers 17, Scott Lute 3, Chazz George 13, Roderick Caldwell 10, Kenny Couch 3, L’Christian Smith 15, Isaiah Trice 6, Chandler Fointno 5, Demond Parker 17, Deshon Parker 5, Davaughn Alexander 2. Totals: 21-15-96.
Greenville: Devin Hendrix 2, Trae Wood 3, Peter Pandey 3, Clay Guillozet 33, Aaron Rich 8, Isaiah Gable 12. Total: 17-12-61.
3-point goals: Wayne 13 (Demond Parker 5, Landers 3, George, Lute, Caldwell, Fointno, Deshon Parker); Greenville 5 (Guillozet 3, Gable, Wood).
Records: Wayne 20-0 (8-0), Greenville 11-8 (5-3)
JV Score: Wayne 74 Greenville 47