Warriors run past Horizon
Defense allows just four points in third quarter
After a slow first quarter, the run-and-gun offense of the Central High School boys basketball team kicked into high gear Thursday, running past Horizon 64-35 in the Warrior Challenge at Central.
The Hawks scored the first four points of the game and had the lead before the Warriors rallied to tie the game at the end of the first quarter 9-9.
The Warriors’ offense appeared to be in neutral through much of the early going, turning the ball over 14 times in the first half alone.
“We had too many errors in that first quarter,” coach Phil Cain said. “That’s something we tried to address. Horizon did a good job of trapping and putting pressure on us.”
With the score tied at 11-11, four-year starter Clay Kame kick-started the offense with a beautiful assist on a two-on-one break at one end and a come-from-behind block of what looked like an easy layup on the Hawks’ next possession.
“We have high expectations of him,” Cain said of Kame, “and he’s been a great leader for us.”
The home crowd roared to its feet and the Warriors’ offense kept the crowd standing for the remainder of the half, extending the lead to 28-18.
Senior Michael Wiedrich fueled the run with 11 of his game-high 21 points in the first half, and knocking down three of his game-high five three-pointers. Wiedrich drained at least one three in every quarter.
“Our coach really got us motivated,” Wiedrich said of the team’s final three quarter performance. “We were playing kind of soft and a little scared. We just came out a lot more intense.”
The Warriors’ intensity level was obvious going into the second half, as the high-octane offense, coupled with the Rick Pitino-style press on defense, tormented the Hawks.
With Kame commanding the court and Wiedrich knocking down shots from all ranges, the Warriors were unstoppable.
Center Kahler Grandbouche added 15 points including one 3-pointer to balance out the scoring. The Warriors held the Hawks to four points in the third quarter and extended their lead to 50-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Warriors scored 14 points in what turned into a very physical final quarter.
Both teams reached the bonus in fouls, and the refs stepped between players on more than one occasion.
Senior guard Sean Citlau added nine points to round out the scoring for the Warriors.
Junior Cole Waliczek scored a team-high seven points for the Hawks, with freshman Jesse Torres chipping in six points in limited action, including a bank-shot 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.