BY KEVIN WANNEMACHER
Times Bulletin Business Manager
HAVILAND - Wayne Trace put three players in double figures, and the Raiders used a total team effort, to post a 79-65 win over Lima Shawnee at the "Palace' Saturday night in non-league boys basketball action.
The red-white-and-blue led at every stop, closing the opening stanza on a 12-0 run to grab a 21-14 advantage after eight minutes of action. Wayne Trace widened the margin to 44-29 at the intermission and led 59-44 at the end of three periods.
The victory is the tenth straight for the Raiders, who move to 11-1 overall.
Lima Shawnee used a three-point barrage to jump in front early on, hitting four of their first six three-point attempts in opening a 12-7 advantage.
However, the Indians missed their final five attempts of the period from beyond the arc and the Raiders took advantage.
A bucket by Ryan Kortokrax started the run before a trey and two free throws from Grady Gudakunst knotted the score at 14-14.
After another basket from Kortokrax, a steal and assist by Colby Speice led to a Dalton Sinn reverse dunk that pushed the Raiders on top 18-14. Sinn also added another basket and hit one of two free throws to help the Raiders close the period on top 21-14.
"I thought we did a good job of making that extra pass to get better shots tonight," noted Raider head coach Jim Linder. "Instead of rushing to take a marginal shot, we give ourselves better opportunities by working to get the ball to somebody who had a better scoring opportunity."
Another Gudakunst three-pointer opened the second quarter scoring and made it 24-14 Wayne Trace but the two teams played even until late in the first half.
With the Raiders on top 33-24, a pair of Kortokrax buckets and a Colby Speice free throw widened the Raider lead to 38-24. Lima Shawnee's Marquis Miller answered with a trey before an Indian bucket by Evan Bell trimmed the deficit to 41-29.
Devin Wenzlick would score for Wayne Trace and Corbin Linder closed the second quarter scoring with a foul shot to put the Raider margin at 44-29 after two quarters.
"I thought it was a good effort by everybody," added the Raider mentor. "The guys are working hard and we continue to get a little better. Each night we improve on a different area and that is always good to see."
Wayne Trace put together a pair of five-point runs in the third quarter but the Indians answered each time.
A free throw and bucket by Kortokrax along with a Sinn basket quickly widened the margin to 49-29 early in the third quarter before Lima Shawnee answered with a 9-2 run to get back within 51-38.
The Raiders responded with a Kortokrax two-pointer and a Nick McClain three-point play as Wayne Trace again widened the margin to 56-38.
However, Lima Shawnee got a basket by Trey Brock and two buckets from Miller to trim the deficit to 59-44 at the end of three quarters.
The Indians got within 62-48 and 68-54 in the final period but would get no closer. Wayne Trace closed the game out by hitting 8 of 12 fourth quarter free throws, including Sinn hitting four straight and Kortokrax adding two. Gudakunst connected on the other two for the Raiders.
"We knew coming in they were very athletic and it showed tonight," concluded Wayne Trace's head coach. "They were able to hit some shots on us from the outside but our inside game was very effective tonight. Dalton and Ryan each had great games. Colby and Grady both did a great job out front. Nick came in and gave us a solid effort. It was just a total team effort tonight."
Sinn led all scorers in the contest with 24 points while Kortokrax chipped in 23 and Gudakunst added 13. Sinn also recorded nine rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Raiders. Corbin Linder picked up six boards while McClain and Kortokrax grabbed five each.
Speice dished out seven assists for the Raiders with Gudakunst and Speice each recording five steals.
Wayne Trace finished the night 27 of 52 from the field (52 percent) and hit 20 of 29 at the charity stripe (69 percent). The Raiders won the battle of the boards 40-29 with each team committing 19 turnovers.
Brock posted 22 points to pace the Indians, who fall to 1-12. Thad Vernon and Miller both chipped in 11 for Lima Shawnee. Brock also recorded five rebounds to pace the Indians.
The Indian junior varsity squad used a four point play by Brennan Gaffer late in the fourth quarter to post a 38-35 victory over the Raiders.
Gaffer led the way for Lima Shawnee with 14 points while Griffin Hites added a dozen. Gaffer and Angelo Fox each picked up six boards for the Indians while Gaffer also posted three steals.
Luke Miller and David Sinn both posted seven points for Wayne Trace, who falls to 9-3. Brock Worden picked up eight rebounds and T.J. Blackmore grabbed seven while Jake Gerber recorded four steals. Sinn dished out three assists for the red, white and blue.
Wayne Trace returns to action on Friday in Green Meadows Conference action on Friday as the Raiders travel to Hicksville.