State-ranked Strong Vincent too much for Dragons
Warren has gone up against some of the top teams in District 10 in its first 10 games of the season, but Strong Vincent may be the best of the bunch.
Behind 17 points from Tennessee Tech commit David Morris, the Colonels handed the Dragons a 78-37 setback in Region 6 action on Wednesday.
“I was interested to see how we’d play coming off a bad game (against General McLane),” said Warren coach Jeff Berdine. “It’s a tough stretch of our schedule. These last two games are against the two best teams in our league and it gives us a chance to see there are a lot of things we need to work on.”
Not only is Vincent (8-2 overall, 3-0 Region 6) maybe the most athletic team the Dragons will play all season (along with Meadville), but the No. 9 ranked 4A team in Pennsylvania shot the ball extremely well, connecting on 11 three-pointers.
That proved to be a recipe that was far too much to overcome for Warren (4-6, 2-2).
“We were hoping they would come out and not shoot the ball well, but they made 11 three’s” Berdine said. “Against a team like that you’re kind of gambling. You’re going to pick your poison.”
The Colonels wasted no time in taking command, jumping out to a 25-5 lead after the first quarter
It wasn’t Morris but Aje Gore who had the hot hand in the first half, connecting on a pair of his game-high four triples, part of a 16-point effort.
Warren had a few bright spots in the first half, including a 3 from Braidy Blair, but that wasn’t enough to stay within striking distance as the Colonels led 43-18 at the break.
Morris, who scored just five points in the first half, got going in the second with a pair of rim-rocking dunks that drew applause from the home and visiting crowd alike.
Caleb Ei, who guarded Morris much of the first half, finished with seven points, as did Blair, while Kohl Nosel had five for the Dragons.
“Against some of these teams, we have to learn to be physical,” Berdine said. “We have to defend the paint against teams that are quicker and more athletic than us.”
Warren did win the JV game, 47-42 behind 17 points from Andrew Davidson.
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STRONG VINCENT (78)
Morris 7-1-3-17, Jones 2-1-2-6, Henderson 3-0-0-6, Gore 6-0-1-16, Lyons 4-0-1-8, Moye 3-0-0-8, Freeman 4-0-0-10, Thompson 1-0-1-2, Rickert 0-1-2-1, Bailey 0-4-4–4, Mackowski 0-0-0-0, Texeria 0-0-0-0, Acevedo 0-0-0-0, Causgrove 0-0-0-0, Totals 30-7-14-78
Suppa 1-2-4-4, Kupchella 1-0-2-2, Baldensperger 0-0-0-0, Ei 2-3-4-7, Becker 1-0-0-2, Morrison 1-0-0-2, Davidson 2-0-0-4, Blair 3-0-0-7, Gilotti 0-2-2-2, Nosel 2-0-0-5, Bryant 0-0-0-0, McMeans 0-0-0-0, Davis 0-0-0-0, Fitzgerald 1-0-0-2, Totals 14-7-12-37
Strong Vincent 25 18 27 8 – 78
Warren 5 13 11 8 – 37
Three-point FGs: Strong Vincent (11) – Gore 4, Moye 2, Morris 2, Freeman 2, Jones; Warren (2) – Blair, Nosel
JV: Warren 47, Strong Vincent 42
Warren: Nosel 1-0-0-2, Johnson 0-0-0-0, Bryant 4-0-0-8, McMeans 3-3-4-9, Davis 2-0-0-4 ,Morrison 2-0-0-4, Davidson 6-2-4-17, Funari 1-0-0-2, Fitzgerald 1-0-0-2, Totals 19-6-10-47