Warriors rout Patriots at home

Stephanie King

The Wheatmore Warriors’ boys basketball team closed out a varsity basketball doubleheader at home against PAC-7 rival the Providence Grove Patriots. Wheatmore came into the game 1-1 in conference play and 8-3 overall on the season, while the Patriots were 1-1 in conference play and 6-6 overall.

Jordan Hodges put the Patriots on the board first with a bucket down in the post, but senior Gavin Rains muscled his way to the hoop to tie the game at 2 all for the Warriors. A three from Daylin Locklear put the Patriots up 5-2 before Austin Biggs and Rains scored on back to back buckets. Questin Overman put the Patriots back on top with a strong drive to the hoop as they took a 7-6 lead. Biggs closed out the quarter with a bucket and a pair of free throws to give the Warriors a 12-7 lead heading into the second quarter.

Rains knocked down a turn around jumper to extend the Warriors’ lead to seven at the start of the second quarter. Jonathan Foust went one for two at the charity stripe and Locklear knocked down a jumper to the pull the Patriots back within four. It would be all Wheatmore the rest of the half as they ended the second quarter on a 10-0 run. Rains scored eight of the ten points, including six straight. At the half, Wheatmore led Providence Grove 24-10.

The third quarter proved to be key for the Warriors as they built a comfortable lead over the Patriots. Biggs opened the quarter with a bucket to give the Warriors a sixteen point lead. Evan Taylor scored his first points of the night on the other end as he cut the lead to fourteen for the Patriots. Biggs scored down low and Rains showed off his range with a three from the left elbow as the Warriors took a 31-12 lead. Hodges found an opening to the hoop and scored for the Patriots. The teams traded buckets over the next few minutes until Locklear drained a three for the Patriots to cut the lead to sixteen. A turnaround jumper from Rains at the buzzer would give the Warriors a 39-19 advantage heading into the final quarter of play.

Providence Grove opened the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run as they tried to claw their way back into the game. Wheatmore was not having it as Rains scored on back to back trips up the floor to give the Warriors a twenty point lead. Zach Berrier scored his first points of the night as Wheatmore took a 47-26 lead. Biggs followed up the bucket from Berrier with one of his own to extend the Warriors lead to 49-26. Locklear would score the Patriots final points of the night with a jumper. Rains scored once more and the Warriors would hold the ball the rest of the game to take a 51-28 win over the Patriots.

Gavin Rains led all scorers with 27 points, while Austin Biggs added 16 for the Warriors. Bryant Walker, Garrett Moser, Matt Owens, and Zach Berrier each finished with two. Daylin Locklear led the Patriots with 11, while Evan Taylor and Jordan Hodges each finished with 6. Jonathan Foust chipped in three.

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