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Cadets escape Vincent with 49-46 win over Warren

Photo by Ron Johnston Fort Frye’s Zane Wallace (20) handles the ball as Warren’s Brandon Simoniette defends during a high school boys basketball game Tuesday in Vincent.

VINCENT — Fort Frye got the roll at the end.

Warren senior Brandon Simoniette’s bid for a game-tying 3 spun in and out enabling the visiting Cadets to earn a hard-fought 49-46 triumph in prep boys’ basketball action Tuesday night.

“It was in and we got lucky on that,” said FFHS head coach Eric Henninger. “It was a great first win. We’ve got a lot to fix and everything. But anytime you can get a win, you’re always happy.”

Added Warren boss Blane Maddox, “It had a little bit of side spin on it. If it had gone in, it would’ve been a tough situation for us in overtime, because we had couple of our guys Kurt (Taylor) and Joel (Chevalier) out on fouls. We would’ve taken that (OT), that’s for sure, but….

“It was an even ballgame. Both teams didn’t play their best, I don’t think. But it was still a great game. I just hate to lose on our home floor.”

Fort Frye (1-0)was paced by Zane Wallace’s 15 points. Kelton Fogle added 12, while Caden Fryman and Brady Schilling netted 8 and 7 markers, respectively. Nic Hart chipped in with 6.

“It was nice to see our guys come out, and especially have a close game at the end,” Henniger said. “We got that first-game pressure under our belt.”

Warren (2-2) was led by non-starting senior Evan Byrd’s game-high 16 points. Simoniette chipped in with 12 while Chevalier and Taylor had 9 and 6 markers, respectively.

Sparked by two Fryman triples and Hart’s five points, Fort jumped out to a 13-1 advantage and led 15-5 after one. Simoniette made the Warriors’ only field goal in the opening stanza.

“We came out on fire,” Henniger said. “But you know how Warren is. They’re going to make a run. Our guys need to expect that. When you’re playing a great team, a 10-point lead is never safe.”

The southpaw-shooting Byrd gave the Warriors a boost in the second quarter, scoring nine points and helping his team cut it to one, 24-23, at halftime.

“I was proud of the way we came back,” Maddox said.

In the third quarter, Byrd added five more points to his total as Warren tied the game on Taylor’s two freebies and then took its first lead on Chevalier’s driving layup. At the end of three, the Warriors increased their lead to 39-34 on a Byrd bucket.

At the start of the final period, Byrd’s last points of the game made it a seven-point advantage.

“We got a seven-point lead,” Maddox said. “How about that, and we blew it.”

Helping Fort come back and then regaining the advantage, Wallace drained two threes. The Cadets also attempted 16 foul shots in the fourth, and converted seven.

“They (Cadets) were pretty aggressive down here under our bucket when we were trying to get the ball upcourt,” Maddox said. “Pretty aggressive and they got away with it. They only had two or three fouls, so they could be very aggressive and not have to worry about the foul situation — and they did a good job. They turned the momentum around by getting those backcourt steals. I think we gave them 10 points, maybe 12 points, by turning the ball over in our own backcourt — and you can’t defend that. That was the difference in the game.”

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

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