Prep boys basketball: Warren clobbers Chiefs
VINCENT – Artemis and his silver bow might have found his match in Vincent Friday night.
Because the Warren Warriors were certainly playing like top-notch marksmen.
Warren shot nearly 53 percent from the field and its trifecta of Evan French, Michael Hall and Reece Patton combined to shoot 62 percent as the Warriors steam-rolled the visiting Logan Chieftains for an 80-44 victory.
“It’s been building, to play really well,” said Warren boys’ basketball coach Blane Maddox. “We’ve seen it coming.”
Unfortunately for the Chieftains, they happened to be on the other end of the court when it happened.
Hall, French and Patton combined to score 61 points to power the Warrior offense as nine different players scored and 14 saw time on the court.
“We were really fundamentally sound, moved the ball around really well,” said French, who had 22 points including a one-handed dunk in the third quarter. “We did everything in all perspectives really well tonight.”
The balanced offense had the Chieftains reeling from the opening tip as the Warriors opened the game on a 10-0 run, capped by Hall’s basket off an Aaron Mazurkiewicz assist.
Logan finally got on the board with a pair of free throws, but it wasn’t until Chance Cox’s buzzer beater that the Chieftains hit their first shot from the field. At that point, Patton had as many points by himself as the Chiefs and Hall showcased some astonishing moves with no-look and behind the back passes as Warren led 22-8.
“We’ve kind of had slower starts this year. To come out like we did this game really helped for the other three quarters,” French said.
While Patton and French dominated the scoring in the first period, Hall found his rhythm in the next three as the junior guard posted a game high 23 points to go with 14 rebounds and seven assists. Hall’s 14 rebounds were just one fewer than what Logan had as a team and in the first half of play the Chiefs managed just five rebounds while Hall had 10.
For the game, the Warriors held a 41-15 advantage on the glass.
“All of our guys crashing (the boards) at once confused them,” Hall said. “It was a team effort crashing the boards. Evan, Reece, even Blake (Kidder) had big rebounds.”
Leading 22-8 after one, the Warriors continued to expand the lead as they outscored the Chiefs in each of the four quarters.
Not once in the first half did the Chieftains hit consecutive field goals and they never scored more than five points consecutively the entire game despite having a size advantage in the post with 6-foot-8 junior forward Kevin Fisher.
“We kept up the ball pressure,” Hall said. “Whenever we had the big man in the post, we fronted him and had backside help.”
That helping defense limited Logan to just 5-of-22 shooting in the first half and 8-of-22 in the second half of play as the Chiefs shot just 29 percent from the field.
Without a steady offensive presence, the Chiefs found themselves quickly losing ground to the Warriors, who hit more shots in the first half than Logan made in the game.
“Nights we shoot 50 percent we’re scary, but we’ve also had nights where we’ve shot 25 percent,” Maddox noted.
Friday just happened to be one of those nights where everything was going right.
Staked to a 14-point lead after one period of play, the Warriors doubled-up on Logan at the break, 38-19.
The Chieftains found a touch of offensive spark to start the third quarter as Joey Cottrill collected a steal and layup that was followed by Nick Kost’s old-fashioned three-point play to mark the one time in the contest Logan tallied consecutive buckets.
Logan’s run was short lived however, as French promptly drilled a three off Hall’s assist to answer at the other end. Hall converted an old-fashioned three-point play of his own to continue the momentum, and French’s dunk with 1:41 in the stanza brought the house to its feet.
As loud as the crowd got after French’s dunk, it erupted even more when senior Corey Newlen hit a three off the glass as time wound down in the game, with Newlen making the ninth different Warrior to score.
A basket by Kevin Boals as time expired in the game, the third time the Chiefs scored on a buzzer beater to end a quarter, set the final margin.
“We feel like we’ve gotten better every game. We’re still getting better,” Maddox said.