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JV/V Boys Basketball @ Wapahani 12/28/12

December 30, 2012
Monroe Central Jr.- Sr. High School


Written by Mike Bennett of the Star Press--SELMA — Spread the offense around.

That’s a mantra of Wapahani boys basketball this season. “We’re better if not just two or three are scoring,” said junior guard Tanner Davis.

He was glad to do his part on Saturday night in front of a packed gym for the annual Christmas-vacation rivalry game against Monroe Central. Davis scored 10 consecutive points in 2 minutes of the first period to single-handidly wipe out the Golden Bears’ last lead.

Class 2A No. 9 Wapahani went on to claim a 74-43 victory.

Monroe Central had pushed ahead 11-8 on the first of junior Jentry Flesher’s four 3-point shots in the first half. But Davis countered with a field goal and a pair of treys for a 16-11 advantage.

Jacob Foster added eight of his game-high 26 points in the quarter.

“We were getting the ball down to Foster and he was kicking it out,” Davis said. “Luckily, I was on. We’re unselfish as a team. No one cares who scores.”

Davis finished with 14 points and senior Cyler Sarah added 13, which included three treys. Grant Evans pitched in 10 points, despite being shadowed by one or two Golden Bears on every offensive possession.

“Davis and Sarah stepped up and made some nice shots,” said Wapahani coach Matt Luce. “The more players we have involved in our offense, the better we will be.”

Foster scored eight points again in the second quarter as Wapahani methodically built its advantage to 40-26. It would have been worse except that Flesher drilled three treys and also hit a free throw.

Foster added seven points and Sarah hit two treys in the third quarter as the Raiders exploded for a 61-32 lead.

The Golden Bears were hurt by 17 turnovers.

Jentry Flesher hit four treys and scored 13 points to lead the Golden Bears. Chase Bly added 11 and Troy Starr eight.

The Raiders remained unbeaten at 2-0 in the Mid-Eastern Conference and are 6-2 overall. Monroe Central fell to 2-4 and 2-2.

Foster pulled down 11 rebounds and Seth Stanley seven as the Raiders enjoyed a 32-19 advantage. Bly led Monroe Central with five.

“I was proud of our balance offensively and defensively,” Luce said. “We kept them put of the paint.”

Wapahani continues a strong schedule outside the MEC with a game at Class 4A New Castle next Friday night. The Raiders fell 46-37 to Concord on Dec. 22 and also won at Marion. Both are 4A teams.

“The big games like those are just going to help us when we get to sectionals,” Davis said.

Luce echoed that sentiment: “We are just trying to get better by playing a better schedule.”

The rivalry games also are good barometers. “Tonight was a big conference game. The Monroe Central fans are great. It’s a fun game every year around Christmas,” Luce said.

Monroe Central returns to action next week in the Randolph County Tournament.

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