BASKETBALL: Tigers trump Triad

WAYNESFIELD — One Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers recorded a double-double and another narrowly missed the honor as the Tigers took control early in their second win of the season.

The Tigers started out fast and forced a slew of Triad Cardinal turnovers as they outdistanced the Champaign County team, 72-53, in varsity boys basketball action.

“I thought we played pretty strong,” Tiger varsity coach Ryan Taylor said. “Defense was good and our guys are pretty aggressive. We had good effort form Garret Hauenstein, Lee Turner and Dylan Little.”

Tiger junior forward Lee Turner scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for a double-double, while teammate junior guard Dylan Little scored 25 points and cleaned the glass for nine rebounds — missing the mark by one board.

The Tigers defense limited the Cardinals in scoring and forced a steady flow of turnovers.

The Cardinals only managed to put up 14 points before halftime.

“During the first half Waynesfield-Goshen out hustled us and they handled the ball better than we did,” Cardinal varsity coach John Millice said. “We got to the basket a little more during the second half.

“The kids did a good job penetrating but unfortunately we couldn’t make that outside shot. Free throws helped us during the last half,” he said.

Triad played better during the second half and made 39 more points but that wasn’t enough to stop the Tigers as they still stayed ahead. The Tigers ran into foul trouble early in the third quarter which put Cardinals in double bonus.

Triad’s Junior Christopher Nott made two 3-pointers back to back on his way to 10 points in the contest to give the Cardinals a glimmer of hope. Another 3-point shot was made during the fourth quarter by sophomore Seth Donohoe who had a total of nine points in the game.

The Tigers hope to keep up the fast pace as they face the New Knoxville Rangers on Friday at 6 p.m. at Waynesfield-Goshen.

“It’s always tough going against New Knoxville,” Taylor said. “We always struggled in the past with them but we hope to turn that around.”

JV score: Triad, 65-46