CENTERVILLE — Wayne scored the first 20 points of the game en route to a 97-47 blowout of Piqua in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division 1 sectional tournament Friday night at Centerville High School.
The Warriors looked like a team on a mission as they rolled over Piqua and recorded another decisive victory while improving to a perfect 25-0 record. Six Warriors scored in double figures giving Wayne a balanced offensive attack that also connected on twelve 3-pointers. Roderick Caldwell led all scorers with 20 points, 17 of those points coming in the first half, along with four 3-pointers. Trey Landers scored 17 points, Deshon Parker had 13 points, Demond Parker added 12 points, Chandler Fointno and L’Christian Smith had 10 points each to contribute to the win.
“It’s a team effort,” said Coach Travis Trice concerning the win. “Roderick Caldwell was the key to getting us started with 17 points in the first half. He is such an unselfish player, he probably could have went for another 10 points or so in the second half, but he only cares about winning. That’s what makes us special. I thought Deshon Parker had a great game; he had 13 points, hit shots and made plays with the ball. Chandler Fointno also did a great job with the ball, our guys off the bench played really well for us.”
Wayne started the game with a Caldwell 3-pointer as the Warriors sought to set the tone early in the first quarter. Wayne took a quick 20-0 lead as Caldwell hit two more 3-pointers, Demond Parker added another 3-pointer and Smith got a steal and slam dunk. The Warrior defense was intense making it difficult for Piqua to get into any offensive rhythm. Piqua finally scored at the 1:17 mark as Nate Monnin drove to the hoop getting the basket then hitting the free throw. Wayne pushed out to a commanding 24-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“The defensive effort in the first quarter was unbelievable,” Trice said. “We didn’t come with the same intensity in the second quarter. All of a sudden they get some buckets; they played us even in the second quarter. I wasn’t happy with the way the second quarter went. I got on them and the great thing about this team is they responded, the intensity level was built back up. I told them that when we play with that much intensity it’s so much better for this group and everybody has fun.”
Piqua came out in the second quarter settling into a groove as Colton Bachman hit a 3-pointer and Monnin scored to cut the Wayne lead to 15 points at the 6:00 mark. But Wayne kept pushing forward as Landers nailed a 3-pointer and Caldwell put up a soft jumper in the lane to stay in control. Piqua came back with three consecutive baskets at the end of the quarter, but Wayne held to a 43-24 advantage to end the first half.
Piqua scored the first basket of the third quarter as CJ Davis hit a 3-pointer and then Bradley Hohlbein got a layup on the next possession to get things rolling. But Wayne surged forward with an 18-2 run sparked by a Smith dunk with authority, a Demond Parker 3-pointer, a Landers drive to the hoop and another 3-pointer from George. The Warriors turned it up both offensively as well as defensively to take a 63-32 advantage with 3:00 remaining in the third quarter. Wayne scored the final thirteen points of the quarter as Fointno made two consecutive baskets to help give the Warriors a 76-36 lead.
Wayne continued to roll out to a large lead which so far in the tournament has been very familiar territory. In the first three games of the postseason Wayne has averaged 96 points per game with a margin of victory of 62 points per game. Leading scorers for Piqua were Nate Monnin with 13 points and CJ Davis with 11 points.
Wayne now advances to the district tournament and will play the winner of the Lakota East vs Walnut Hills game that is taking place on Saturday. Wayne’s next game will be played on Saturday, March 5 at Wright State University. Game time is 3 p.m.
PIQ 06 24 36 47 – 47
WAY 24 43 76 97 – 97
Piqua: Bradley Hohlbein 5, Derrick Gullett 5, C.J. Davis 11, Nate Monnin 13, Ben Schmiesing 8, Tyren Cox 2, Colton Bachman 3. Totals: 15-3-47.
Wayne: L’Christian Smith 10, Deshon Parker 13, Chandler Fointno 10, Trey Landers 17, Chazz George 5, Roderick Caldwell 20, Ronnie Hampton 1, Matt Palma 2, Isaiah Trice 5, Yannick Olma 2, Demond Parker 12. Totals: 25-11-97.
3-point goals: Piqua 5 (Davis 3, Gullett, Bachman); Wayne 12 (Caldwell 4, Demond Parker 3, Deshon Parker, Fointno, Landers, George, Trice).
Records: Piqua (13-10), Wayne (25-0)
Reach Steve Granata via email at email@example.com