Wauseon allowed only a three-pointer from Anthony Wayne’s Conner Trost in the first quarter and a half as they opened up a 23-3 advantage in boys basketball action Saturday at home. The margin would remain 20 for most of the game as the Indians went on to capture a 58-33 victory.
“They started out in a zone, and I thought that we had some very good ball movement early,” said Wauseon coach Chad Burt on his team’s early success. “We were able to make a few perimeter shots which helped to open up the inside game. I thought that we adjusted well after they went to a man-to-man defense and continued to have good ball movement and get open shots.”
The Generals’ only lead of the game came at 3-2 on Trost’s triple in response to a bucket from Owen Newlove of Wauseon. Austin Rotroff answered for the Indians with a three-point play, and he later got a putback off his own miss after a three from Brendan Britsch to make it 10-3 at the 3:31 mark of the first period.
Wauseon’s Carter Bzovi then added a triple and a steal and score, while Rotroff’s slam dunk to go along with another basket inside put them up 16 at the quarter break.
The Indians opened the second period with consecutive buckets from Newlove and Levi Seiler before finally the Generals got back on the board with 1 of 2 free throws by Trost, putting the margin at 23-4 with 5:37 left in the half.
Wauseon was able to get their lead back up to 20 at the half, 32-12.
After Bzovi’s deuce began the third, Anthony Wayne pulled within 16 on two triples from Braden Womack. However, Wauseon’s Brooks Gype responded with a three of his own, and after a General basket, Britsch hit a pair from the foul line and Rotroff scored on consecutive trips to make it 43-20 through three.
It was a lead that was insurmountable for the Generals.
Rotroff led the Indians with 13 points, Gype added 12 and Bzovi 10. Womack had 13 for Anthony Wayne.
Wauseon, who had not played since Dec. 27 when they won the Vision Chrysler Classic, improved to 8-1. They next open NWOAL play at Delta on Thursday.
“Any time you have a layoff over the holidays, you aren’t sure how your team will respond,” explained Burt. “We had very good practices over the holiday break and were able to stay sharp. It was a good team win with many guys contributing and leading into the NWOAL season which begins for us at Delta on Thursday.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010