After surrendering a sizable first period lead shrink to three points midway through the third period, the Wapakoneta Redskins went on a 14-2 run to finish the period and end any hopes the Indian Lake Lakers had of upsetting the home team on Saturday.
After dispatching of the Piqua Indians in the season opener, Redskins varsity coach Matt Bradley gave his squad credit for being gritty in capturing a 59-37 victory against Indian Lake.
“There was some spurts where it wasn’t pretty, but I was proud of the way they battled because they cut it down to four points and then three points after being down 16 in the first quarter,” Bradley said. “I give credit to them (Redskins) for battling back, but I was really proud at how we responded and built the lead back up to 15 at the end of the third quarter.
“Tonight was just a grinder and I am proud of our effort in the face of some adversity,” the third-year coach said.
Lakers varsity coach David Starr watched his team mostly comprised of sophomores and juniors have a defensive lapse before calming down.
“One of our goals tonight was to maintain our defensive intensity and even though we didn’t hit our shots we kept playing defense and eventually our shots started falling,” Starr said after watching his team go 0-2 on the season. “It was 22-6 at one time and then we got back into the game before half time.
“In the second half, you also have to give Wapak credit because they made adjustments,” he said. “They got the ball to their scorers and they got the ball into the right guy’s hands. We made a couple of errors and we did not take advantage of our opportunities.”
On Friday, the Redskins relied on senior post player Jake Buzzard, who scored 23 points. On Saturday, the Redskins relied on senior post player Travis Bertram, who ended the game with 26 points and six boards.
Bertram scored nearly half of his points in the first period with 12 points as the Redskins staked themselves to the 22-6 lead.
Buzzard, who ended the game with 10 points, scored five points in the first period. He also led the team in rebounds with 13.
In the third period, Bertram and Buzzard teamed up for 12 points combined, with Bertram hitting for seven and Buzzard for five.
“They are good players,” Starr said. “I think they were very patient and when we had them defended on one side they would get the ball reversed and we would be a step late on the help side and they took advantage of it.”
Bradley said senior leadership with Bertram and Buzzard in the post is the difference this year.
“Bertram’s bought into the fact that when he attacks the rim he is a really, really good player and it is great to see him not settle for jump shots and attack the rim,” Bradley said. “He also is a good free throw shooter and he got to the foul line a lot tonight.
“This year we are asking him to play inside and outside and he likes that,” he said. “Really with this group, anybody could step up and I think we are tough match-up because we have some guys who can score inside, we have some guys who can drive and we have some shooters on the perimeter.”
Starr also complimented Greve, who scored four points in the third period and seven in the fourth period as the Redskins put the Lakers away.
All five starters entered the scoring column with sophomore forward Adam Henderson hitting two big 3-pointers en route to eight points and senior post Brandon Miller hitting a fourth quarter free throw.
“Two guys who probably do not receive much recognition are Brandon Miller and Adam Henderson,” Bradley said. “They do a lot of the dirty work. Brandon Miller took it upon himself in the third quarter to get rebounds and Adam got his hands out and got a lot of deflections. I think those two guys with their rebounding don’t get as much credit as they deserve but they do a great job. They often box out their guy and it allows another to get into the paint and grab a rebound.”
Miller ended the game with seven rebounds, while Henderson grabbed three boards on the defensive end.
Laker sophomore guard Jason Tuttle led Indian Lake with 10 points and junior forward Brennon Lump scored seven points.
The Indian Lake starters scored 31 of 37 points as the Lakers bench outscored Wapak’s bench 6-0.
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