|Raiders split Tip Off Classic games in opening weekend|
VAN WERT – Wayne Trace’s boys basketball team opened the season at the Van Wert County Hospital Tip Off Classic and split two games over the weekend.
The Raiders outlasted a feisty and young Lincolnview squad in Saturday night’s contest as Wayne Trace posted a 56-49 victory.
Sophomore Dalton Sinn scored 21 points to lead the Raider effort, which was must improved over the previous night’s showing.
“We played much better tonight,” noted Raider head coach Jim Linder. “The big thing was I thought we were much more relaxed and played with confidence tonight. That was nice to see.”
The Raiders also shot a sizzling 64 percent from the field in the contest, making 18 of 28 shots on the evening.
“Offensively, we were able to get some good looks and we converted them,” Linder continued.
Gage Critten added 11 markers and eight rebounds for the red, white and blue with Nick LaBounty chipping in 10 markers and seven boards.
Wayne Trace overcame a 16-9 deficit after one quarter, pulling to within 29-27 at the intermission. The Raiders took a 41-37 advantage into the final period.
Ryne Jerome dished out three assists with Grady Gudakunst recording three steals. Wayne Trace outrebounded the Lancers 27-19 for the night but also committed 26 turnovers compared to Lincolnview’s 16.
Sloan Whitaker had 25 points for Lincolnview with Clayton Longstreth adding nine points and seven rebounds. Longstreth also had eight steals in the contest.
On Friday night, the Raiders scored only four points each in the first and second quarter as Wayne Trace dropped a 50-24 decision to Crestview.
The Raiders shot only 15 percent on the night, making 6 of 39 shots and only one of 10 from beyond the arc.
Critten paced Wayne Trace with nine points and nine rebounds with Sinn and Jerome adding four markers and three boards each.
“We just did not play well in any portion of the game,” commented Linder. “We came out flat and never really got into the game. We saw a lot of areas to get better at tonight.”
Steven Rickard led Crestview with 15 points with Brad Miller chipping in a dozen markers and seven boards. Kole Rolsten also had 11 points for the Knights.
Wayne Trace will return to action on Saturday as the Raiders host county rival Paulding.
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