12/6/2012 6:42:00 PM Warriors run past Lancaster in opener
Photo by Adam Lacy / www.imagejock.com Wayne senior Crisshawn Clark shoots over a Lancaster defender on Saturday.
By ANDREW WILSON Special writer
HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne boy’s basketball team exploded out of the gates by hitting 53 percent of their shots including seven three pointers to take a 42-19 lead into the halftime break. In the second half, the Warriors picked up right where they left off by connecting on 49 percent of their shots enroute to an 80-43 victory over Lancaster on Saturday.
“We’ve done a lot with shooting,” Wayne head coach Travis Trice said. “We’ve spent a lot of time in the gym and stuff getting some two man shooting just concentrating on sticking our shot, staying on our spot and being on balance, a lot of times that’s what caused our percentage to go down, we’re getting open looks and we’re off balance a little bit or the passing’s bad, so two areas we’ve really focused on is being a great passer and then being ready to receive the ball and stuff and having balance when we shoot it.”
Three players scored in double figures for the Warriors including senior Ronnie Ortiz, who finished with 12 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Sophomore Isiah Fairley added 11 points and D’Mitrik Trice recorded 10 points on the night. The Warriors also got significant contributions from senior Crisshawn Clark, who scored nine points on top of three assists, and junior Juan Ford, who accounted for nine points and two assists. Sophomores Xeyrius Williams and Devin Reed added seven points each.
“The great thing about tonight, I thought, is we didn’t have any superstars, we didn’t have anybody that just outshined everybody else and then several other guys that didn’t play well,” Trice said.
The Warriors were also dominant on the glass, grabbing 40 rebounds as opposed to 26 by Lancaster. Furthermore, Wayne ended the game with 16 offensive rebounds, compared to just three for Golden Gales.
Wayne jumped out to a 7-0 lead using a three pointer by Clark, a layup by Ford and an inside basket by senior Collin Russell. The Golden Gales got on the board with a pair of free throws by forward Trevor Cohen, but watched as the Warriors quickly increased their lead to 15-2 using a layup by Reed and a pair of three pointers by D’Mitrik Trice. Leading 19-4 as the end of the first quarter approached, the Warriors set a trap on defense and came up with a steal in the right corner of the arc. Ford sprinted down court and nailed a three pointer with just a few seconds left to make the score 22-4.
The Warriors showed no signs of slowing down in the second quarter as a three pointer by Trice followed by another three by Williams from the top of the arc increased the Wayne lead to 30-12. Lancaster tried to stay in the game with a lay-in by Dalton Albanese, the Golden Gales leading scorer with 11 points. But Wayne quickly answered when D’Mitrik Trice found Russell alone in the post for an inside basket to increase the Warrior lead to 32-14. A three pointer by Fairley and an inside basket by Clark helped the Warriors gain a 38-19 advantage, and a pull up jumper at the buzzer by Ford sent the Warriors into the halftime break with a 42-19 lead.
Wayne kept momentum on its side by opening the third quarter on an 8-0 run. Back to back three pointers coupled with a steal and transition layup by Ortiz gave the Warriors a massive 50-19 lead. A few minutes later in the quarter, a three by Fairley and an inside shot by Ronald Hughes gave Wayne a 63-25 advantage.
Lancaster came a little bit closer when Cohen managed to drain a three pointer despite being fouled and losing his balance in the process. Cohen missed the free throw for the plus one, and Wayne continued to pull away after a pair of free throws by D’Mitrik Trice and one by Russell put the Warriors up 66-30 heading into the final quarter.
Halfway into the fourth quarter, Albanese nailed a three despite being fouled, but much like Cohen earlier, was unable to convert on the plus one free throw. Wayne quickly put together a 6-0 run using a jumper by Fairley and two inside shots by Hughes, and as the final buzzer was about to sound, Fairley stole the ball at midcourt and slammed home a dunk to give the Warriors to an enthusiastic victory.
Wayne will host Springboro on Friday and travel to Bowling Green High School on Saturday. All varsity games begin at 7:30 p.m.