Meadville too much for Warren
Warren got a first hand look at perhaps the best team in District 10 on Wednesday.
Armoni Foster scored 21 of his 26 points in the first half as Meadville stayed unbeaten with a 66-34 win over the host Dragons.
“It’s a good test for us to expose the kids to that,” said Warren coach Jeff Berdine. “It’s never good to lose by 30, but we’re going to get more out of this than beating somebody by 25, because it doesn’t get us ready for Friday night (Region 6 opener against Conneaut.”
The Bulldogs (6-0), ranked No. 10 in Pennsylvania in 5A, wasted no time jumping on the less experienced Dragons, who were down a man with starting guard Jake Kupchella out, taking a 9-0 lead and forcing three turnovers in the first two minutes with their full-court press and half-court trap.
The Dragons (2-3) weathered the early storm, trailing just 12-6 after the first quarter thanks to a bucket from Caleb Ei and a pair of free throws from Noah Becker and Seth Baldensperger, but that’s about when Foster took over. The senior guard, who is uncommitted but drawing plenty of interest from Division II and a few Division I schools, scored 10 points in a three minute span, including a putback dunk that keyed a 20-2 run.
“The Foster kid, he was as advertised,” Berdine said. “We were hoping to knock down some shots early and we didn’t get them to drop, and when you turn the ball over 21 times, especially against a team that has three really solid players, you’re going to be in trouble.”
Braidy Blair knocked down 3’s on back-to-back possessions early in the third quarter to give the Dragons a little bit of momentum, but Foster squashed that by knocking down a three of his own.
The Bulldogs have an embarrassment of riches in the athleticism department, as Division I football recruit Journey Brown, who comes off the bench, continued to pour it on with a steal that led to a thunderous dunk on the other end.
“We had to play a near perfect game to beat them – we knew that,” Berdine said.
“Being down a guy, especially a ball handler didn’t help, but it was a good opportunity for our kids to see something like that and maybe we’ll see them again.”
Blair had 10 points for Warren, while 6-7 sophomore Lashon Lindsey had 12 for the Bulldogs. Also, Strong Vincent transfer Sim Wofford added eight and East transfer Rashad Willis six.
Warren also fell in the JV game, 42-27. Andrew Davidson led the Dragons with 10 points.
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Warren: At Conneaut on Friday (Region 6 opener)
Meadville: vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic in Brooke (WV) Christmas Tournament
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Foster 11-1-2-26, Wofford 2-1-1-6, Stevens 0-1-2-1, Lindsey 6-0-0-12, Willis 3-2-2-8, Brown 1-0-0-2, Wilson 2-0-0-4, Rhoades 0-2-4-2, Agnew 2-0-0-5, Totals 27-7-11-66
Suppa 0-1-2-1, Baldensperger 1-2-3-5, Ei 2-0-2-4, Blair 3-2-2-10, Becker 2-2-3-6, Davidson 2-0-0-5, Gilotti 0-0-0-0, Morrison 0-0-0-0, Fitzgerald 0-1-2-1, McMeans 0-0-0-0, Bryant 0-0-0-0, Johnson 0-0-0-0, Totals 11-8-14-34
Meadville 12 26 16 12 – 66
Warren 6 9 12 7 – 34
Three-point FGs: Meadville (4) – Foster 3, Wofford
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JV: Meadville 42, Warren 27: Warren scoring – Davidson 10, Bryant 6, Davis 4, Fitzgerald 4, Morrison 2