Brayden Sallee’s 22 leads Warren past Marietta, 64-54
Brayden Sallee can shoot from just about anywhere on the court.
The Warren junior’s abilities were on full display in a 64-54 win over Marietta Tuesday, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double. He made several shots with defenders in his face, including a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer in the second quarter to stretch the Warriors’ lead to eight, 35-27, at halftime.
“Sallee had an awesome game,” said Warren head coach Blane Maddox. “He took care of his business. We’ve been waiting on him. Joel (Chevalier) did a fantastic job too. They all did. They played well as a team. I’m happy with the victory.”
Chevalier had 18 points for Warren, including a fastbreak dunk early in the first quarter. Seth Dennis had nine points for Warren while Kurt Taylor chipped in seven.
Taylor’s 3 with a minute left in the first half put Warren up five before Sallee’s buzzer-beater stretched it to eight. Prior to that sequence, Marietta had gone back and forth with Warren for most of the first half.
“That’s what it boiled down to,” said Marietta head coach J.D. Secrest. “We were down two and just had the ball bounce the wrong way a couple times and Warren capitalized. They hit two 3s to end the half and it goes from two to eight. It goes from one possession to three possessions.”
Tony Munos, A.J. Graham and Tyler Kytta all scored 14 points for the Tigers. Mark Duckworth added 10 points, while Adam Coil brought down 10 boards.
The Tigers led by as many as six, 18-12, in the first quarter and were ahead 21-17 after eight minutes.
“(Marietta) got off to a good start but we made two nice runs in the first half,” Maddox said.
Munos made a reverse layup to open the third quarter, but baskets by Dennis, Chevalier and Jake Baumgard put Warren up 11, 41-30.
Up 10 midway through the third, Sallee scored seven straight points to make it 52-35, the largest lead of the contest.
“You’ve got to pick your poison with them,” Secrest said. “Who do you want to shut down, then you hope the other guys don’t step up. Those two kids stepped up tonight for Warren.”
Graham nailed two free throws before knocking down a triple at the buzzer to get Marietta within 12, 50-42, with one quarter left.
A 3 by Kytta and a layup by Munos cut it to 54-45 and prompted a Warren timeout. Sallee nailed a jumper out of the timeout, by Kytta responded with a basket-and-one to get MHS within eight. Marietta had the ball and a chance to get closer, but couldn’t convert. Warren iced the game at the foul line.
The Warriors improved to 10-1 with a home game against Fort Frye set for Friday. The Warriors entered this week ranked seventh in Division II by The Associated Press.
“We respect that,” Maddox said. “We respect that people respect us. We’re going to battle and try to prove that we’re a very good basketball team.”
The Tigers, who are 4-7 and back home Friday against St. Clairsville, dropped a pair to their rival this season. Marietta fell at Warren, 56-55, in overtime earlier this season.
“Warren just does a good job of penalizing you when you make a mistake,” Secrest said. “We didn’t make a whole lot of lazy passes, but when we did they seemed to be turnovers for us. We did a pretty good job on the boards, but when we took a possession off, they nailed us. That’s why they’re a top 10 team in the state.”
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