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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Antwerp falls to 2-4 on the season.
dominated the boards 31-15 and finished 25 of 48 from the field (52
percent) compared to Antwerp’s 21 of 38 (55 percent).
WAYNE TRACE (74)
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
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
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