For Eastern Wayne, sometimes the best offense is a good defense.
Not just any defense — but one that makes sure to get rebounds.
Wayne Country Day fell victim to that component Thursday night as the Warriors clinched a thrilling 78-75 victory over the Chargers. The Warriors snapped a two-game losing streak.
“We got into how they played,” said Wayne Country Day head coach David Flowers. “Instead of trying to play defense and letting things work off of that.
“We did a terrible job rebounding.”
It was clear from the beginning that the game was going to be a battle between the Warriors and the Chargers. During the first quarter the two teams went back-and-forth trading shots.
After the opening quarter, Eastern Wayne held an 20-15 lead.
That’s when the game began to ratchet up in its intensity.
The Warriors had a 34-18 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Chargers fought back and were only down 39-37 at halftime.
“We came out hot early, but then they made a run,” said Eastern Wayne head coach Bill Manning.
The third quarter was a repeat of the second quarter. Eastern Wayne was up 43-37 early in the third quarter before Wayne Country Day stormed back to take a 54-49 lead, but Eastern Wayne went on an 8-0 run and was up 57-54 going into the fourth quarter.
“I’m really proud of my guys,” Manning said. “They made a big run in the fourth quarter when we got behind. We stayed the course and made solid plays.”
Eastern Wayne and Wayne Country Day each scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. However, Rudy Spears hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 40 seconds left to put the Warriors up 76-75 and then hit two free throws to put the Warriors up 78-75.
“Rudy was tremendous all night long,” Manning said. “I tell the guys all the time you never know who’s going to step up, and tonight Rudy Spears stepped up, but they all played well.
“What a ball game, both teams just battled the entire time. It was 32 minutes of competition.”
Spears led the Warriors with 21 points. Desmond Vaughn added 15 points, and Kristopher Clark scored 12 points.