Huber Heights

Wayne boys basketball fades late in first loss

DDN - By Kyle Nagel

HUBER HEIGHTS — Even as the Wayne High School basketball team began the season 5-0, coach Travis Trice saw some areas of concern.

They showed up again on Tuesday night.

Allowing a big fourth quarter and leading just briefly only twice in the second half, Wayne dropped a significant nonconference test to Lakota East 66-58.

In dropping to 5-1, the Warriors, who entered the game No. 1 in the DDN area Division I ratings, showed the decision-making problems that Trice saw in big opening wins. Before Tuesday, Wayne had won each game by at least 15 points and scored at least 70 in each.

“We’re good enough to beat a lot of teams athletically, but you can’t get away with those things against a good team,” Trice said. “That’s what happened tonight.”

Travis Trice Jr., the Wayne senior guard headed to Michigan State, scored a game-high 15 points (well below his 27.8-point average) but had just three field goals. Wayne’s other star, Providence recruit Markus Crider, had nine, including four in the fourth quarter.

“Travis had the ball too much, there wasn’t enough moving without the ball,” Trice Sr. said. “It was too much one-on-one.”

In a game with no margin wider than five points until the final minute, Wayne led 12-9 after the first quarter, but East took a 27-25 advantage at halftime. Leading 42-41 entering the fourth quarter, the Warriors took a 56-55 lead with 1:28 left on the fourth straight point from Crider. East (6-0) responded with a three-point play by senior Jalen Goodwin that started a game-ending 11-2 run as Wayne went 1-of-4 with two turnovers in that stretch.

“We have six seniors who played a lot, and I think they showed their experience on offense,” said East coach Wally Vickers, whose team got 14 points from senior Mike Boyd. “They’re an outstanding team, but we’re pretty good, too.”

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