Wayne Trace junior Eli Sinn (10) sliced between Crestview defenders Spencer Rolsten (32) and Trevor Gibson during a basketball game outside of Haviland on Saturday night. The host Raiders won 6944. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
Wayne Trace junior Eli Sinn (10) sliced between Crestview defenders Spencer Rolsten (32) and Trevor Gibson during a basketball game outside of Haviland on Saturday night. The host Raiders won 6944. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
HAVILAND — Rivals Crestview and Wayne Trace hooked up in non-league boys basketball action Saturday night at the Palace each looking to pick up a quality win heading into tournament draws on Sunday.

Two big runs proved to be the difference in the contest as Wayne Trace upped its record to 18-2 on the season with a 69-44 victory over the visiting Knights.

Leading 22-18 midway through the second quarter, the Raiders closed the half with a 13-0 run to push the margin to 35-18 at the break. Wayne Trace rode that momentum into the third quarter, scoring 11 of the first 14 points in the second half to expand the lead to 46-23.

“That is what they do,” said Crestview head coach Jeremy Best of the Raider runs. “They put those runs together and that is something they are very good at doing.”

“It was a battle tonight,” said Jim Linder, head coach of Wayne Trace. “It’s a big rivalry game and both teams played hard. We had a little run there before halftime and I think we came out there in the third quarter and played off of that momentum.”

Much of the Raider spark came from senior standout guard Ethan Linder and junior forward Jake Kuhn. Ethan Linder scored 10 second quarter points and Kuhn added seven as the Raiders scored 24 points in the period. Linder then added eight of the 16 Raider points in the third quarter as Wayne Trace widened the lead to 51-30 entering the final eight minutes of action.

“I thought we got a very solid effort out of Jake tonight,” said Jim Linder of the Raider forward. “We also shot the ball better tonight than what we did last weekend.”

With the Raider margin at 59-36 in the fourth quarter, Crestview would make one final run.

Three foul shots by Spencer Rolsten and a pair of free throws by Drew Kline cut the deficit to 59-41 before a 3-pointer by Javin Etzler pulled Crestview within 59-44. However, Wayne Trace sealed the victory by hitting 10 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter in cruising to the 25-point victory.

The Knights had the lead early in the game, getting a 3-pointer by Drew Kline at the first quarter buzzer to put Crestview on 12-11. After the two teams traded baskets to open the second quarter, Wayne Trace picked up nine straight points to open a 22-14 advantage. Baskets by Jake Kuhn and Josh Kuhn along with an old fashioned three-point play put the Raiders on top f for good.

Ethan Linder led all scorers in the game with 37 points for Wayne Trace, the 20th time in his career that he has posted 30 points in a game. Linder also is now only a dozen points away from the 2,000 point mark in his career.

“He is a one-of-a-kind player,” Best added of Ethan Linder. “I am glad I am done coaching against him.”

Jake Kuhn added 15 points for Wayne Trace while grabbing 5 rebounds. Ethan Linder also paced Wayne Trace with 9 rebounds while Jon Sinn brought down 5 boards.

Spencer Rolsten paced Crestview with 11 points and Jayvin Etzler chipped in 10 and a dozen rebounds. Drew Kline recorded two assists and two steals for the Knights, who fall to 12-6.

Each school returns to conference action next Friday as Crestview visits Allen East in Northwest Conference action.

Wayne Trace will host Tinora on Friday as the Raiders look to clinch a share of the school’s 28th Green Meadows Conference championship. It would also be Wayne Trace’s fifth consecutive league title.

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CRESTVIEW (44)

Drew Kline 1-5 3-4 6, Derek Stout 1-2 1-2 3, Javin Etzler 4-9 0-0 10, Spencer Rolsten 3-8 3-4 11, Trevor Gibson 1-4 1-2 4, Grant Schlagbaum 2-6 0-0 5, Brett Schumm 1-4 2-3 5, Caleb Bagley 0-1 0-0 0, Derick Dealey 0-3 0-0 0; Totals 13-42 10-15 44

WAYNE TRACE (69)

Brady Stabler 1-5 2-2 5, Eli Sinn 0-3 0-1 0, Jon Sinn 2-2 0-1 5, Ethan Linder 12-19 12-13 37, Jake Kuhn 6-10 3-5 15, Josh Kuhn 1-2 0-0 2, Blanie Jerome 0-1 2-2 2, Trae Sinn 0-0 0-0 0, Josiah Linder 1-3 0-0 3; Totals 23-45 19-24 69

Crestview 12 6 12 14 - 44

Wayne Trace 11 24 16 18 - 69

3-point field goals: Cvw 8-26 (Rolsten 2, Etzler 2, Kline, Schumm, Gibson, Schlagbaum), WT 4-13 (Stabler, JSinn, ELinder, JLinder); Rebounds: Cvw 27 (Etzler 12), WT 30 (ELinder 9); Assists: Cvw 2 (Kline 2), WT 11 (ELinder 5); Turnovers: Cvw 18, WT 11; JV score: WT 45-29