Anthony Wayne went on fire from beyond the three-point arc, starting in the second quarter where they knocked down five of them and had eight for the game, as it was enough to take down Wauseon 64-51 Tuesday in the Indians’ boys basketball home opener.
In the first quarter Wauseon had built up a 13-7 advantage with the aid of 3-pointers hit by Tyson Rodriguez, Elijah McLeod and Jack Leatherman. The Indians took a 18-15 lead into the second stanza.
Anthony Wayne overtook the lead with five straight points to begin the second, the latter being a Hayden Bender triple. The Generals then got consecutive triples from Aiden Schmenk, Bender and Parker Schofield the next three trips down the floor for a 29-18 advantage with 5:32 until halftime.
Wauseon added 1 of 2 at the line from Rodriguez, a pair of free throws from McLeod, then a hoop in the paint by Landon Hines to pull within 29-23 1:11 later.
Schmenk responded with a score on a baseline drive to the hoop, but again Hines answered to keep the margin six with 2:21 remaining in the half.
The Generals led by double digits (36-25) after a long three by Schofield plus Max Walton’s steal and score. Rodriguez and Hines then each split a pair from the foul line to get the margin to 36-27 at the break.
Looking to get even closer after halftime, the Indians again saw the Generals take charge out of the locker room. They scored the first five points of the half — including another three — to open up a 14-point lead and force an early timeout from Wauseon coach Chad Burt.
The Indians did not score their first points of the half until a hoop from McLeod on a backdoor cut at the 3:49 mark. Anthony Wayne then got four straight points from Griffin Pike for a 45-29 lead with 1:30 left in the third.
Down the stretch the Generals got triples from Bender and Walton, while McLeod hit from deep for the Indians. The difference was 15, 51-36, after three quarters.
The Indians struggled to get within 10 in the final frame as Anthony Wayne held on for the win.
Each team had three players score in double figures. For Wauseon Hines led the way with 19 points, Rodriguez chipped in 14 and Mcleod 12. Schofield scored 18 for the Generals, while Walton and Schmenk each added 12.
Wauseon, now 1-1 on the young season, plays host to Fairview on Saturday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.