ANTWERP — Wayne Trace limited Paulding County rival Antwerp to 16 first half points as the Raiders rolled to a 74-54 win over the Archers in the Green Meadows Conference boys basketball opener Thursday night at Antwerp.

The Raiders were led by senior standout Ethan Linder, who scored 35 points in the contest to raise his career total to 1,679 points. Linder passed Steve Hall (1984-1988, 1,645 points) in the contest and now is 59 points away from breaking the record of is now second on the Raider career scoring chart behind Rob Welch (1989-1993, 1,737 points).

On Thursday, it was another strong effort by Wayne Trace, which improved to 9-0 on the season. Linder got his points but just as important was the support he received from his teammates. Seven other Raiders scored in the first half as Wayne Trace opened a 47-16 halftime advantage. The Raiders closed the first quarter on a 10-2 run and then outscored the host Archers 28-7 in the second quarter.

“We received quality minutes tonight from everybody,” said Raider head coach Jim Linder. “Ethan got his points but the other guys also hit shots and made plays for us. We need to continue to develop the bench and they came in and did a nice job tonight.”

Leading 9-7 midway through the first quarter, Wayne Trace closed the period with a 10-2 run that expanded the advantage to 19-9.

Eli Sinn (two free throws), Jake Kuhn (bucket) and three Ethan Linder baskets helped the Raiders take control.

Seven Raiders then scored in the second quarter when Wayne Trace put the game away. Wayne Trace’s pressure defense led to some easy baskets and the Raiders also were able to get the ball into transition quickly to lead to easy scoring opportunities.

Linder scored 14 of the 28 points from Wayne Trace in the second quarter while Brady Stabler and Blaine Jerome each hit 3-pointers. Eli Sinn chipped in a pair of free throws with Jon Sinn, Jake Kuhn and Seth Yenser all adding baskets to put the Raiders on top 47-16 at the break.

“We passed the ball well again tonight,” said the Raider head coach. “This group does a nice job of sharing the basketball and making that extra pass. It is a fun group to be around and work with.”

Wayne Trace put the game into cruise control in the second half, posting a 63-37 advantage after three quarters before settling on the 74-54 win.

“It is a good way to open the league but we know we have some tough games coming up,” added Jim Linder.

Brady Stabler chipped in 11 points for the Raiders with Eli Sinn adding nine. Jon Sinn topped Wayne Trace with eight rebounds and six assists while Ethan Linder picked up six boards, five assists and three steals while Eli Sinn dished out four assists and had a pair of steals.

Dylan Peters had 15 points for the Archers with Matt Jones and Luke Brewer chipping in 11 points each. Jones, who came into the game as Antwerp’s top scorer at 15 points per contest, was held scoreless in the first half behind a Raider defensive effort that featured Eli Sinn guarding Jones.

Antwerp falls to 2-4 on the season.

Wayne Trace dominated the boards 31-15 and finished 25 of 48 from the field (52 percent) compared to Antwerp’s 21 of 38 (55 percent).

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WAYNE TRACE (74)

Brady Stabler 3-7 3-4 11, Eli Sinn 2-8 4-4 9, Ethan Linder 14-20 6-6 35, Jon Sinn 1-2 1-2 3, Jake Kuhn 2-4 2-2 6, Josh Kuhn 1-1 0-0 2, Blaine Jerome 1-3 3-4 6, Trae Sinn 0-0 0-0 0, Josiah Linder 0-1 0-0 0, Seth Yenser 1-2 0-0 2; Totals 25-48 19-22 74

ANTWERP (54)

Matt Jones 5-8 1-1 11, Austin Jones 1-2 0-1 3, Trey Miller 4-6 0-0 8, Dylan Peters 5-9 4-6 15, Cole Seslar 0-3 2-4 2, Luke Brewer 4-7 1-2 11, Brandon Pendergrast 0-1 0-0 0, Keaton Altimus 0-0 0-0 0, Matthew Dooley 0-1 0-0 0, Hunter Noel 1-1 0-0 2; Totals 21-38 8-14 54

Wayne Trace 19 28 16 11 - 74

Antwerp 9 7 21 17 - 54

3-point field goals: WT 5-15 (Stabler 2, ESinn, Jerome, ELinder), Ant 4-11 (Brewer 2, AJones, Peters); Rebounds: WT 29 (JSinn 8), Ant 15 (Dooley 3); Assists: WT 16 (JSinn 6), Ant 7 (Peters 3); Turnovers: WT 14, Ant 17; JV Score: WT 41-32; Freshman score: WT 37-19