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