CONTINENTAL - Wayne Trace controlled the opening quarter of Tuesday night’s boys basketball non-league battle at Continental as the Raiders posted a seven point lead after eight minutes of action.

The Raiders, though, then completely dominated the second quarter by outscoring Continental 24-2 in the period and broke the game open in cruising to a 70-39 win over the Pirates.

Wayne Trace led 21-14 after one quarter before the red, white and blue completely controlled the next eight minutes.

“We did a good job of finding the open person tonight and then we hit shots when we had the chance,” said Raider head coach Jim Linder. “I was very pleased with the effort. I thought we took what they gave us and we were able to take advantage of our opportunities.”

The red, white and blue expanded the lead to 45-16 at the midway point after bucketing 24 second quarter points compared to the Pirates’ two.

“I thought we guarded really well, especially in the first half,” said the Raider mentor. “Defensively, we got some turnovers and we turned them into points on the other end.”

Wayne Trace got a solid effort from all ten players as everybody scored in the contest, led by 21 points from junior Nathan Gerber.

“It was just a good overall team effort,” said Linder. “Everybody came in and contributed. We did a nice job on the boards and the bench came in and made plays for us as well.”

The Raiders took a 57-29 advantage into the final quarter.

Jace Vining added nine points for Wayne Trace with Reid Miller and Alex Reinhart chipping in eight markers each.

Josiah Linder had seven markers for the Raiders with Evan Mohr, Caleb Yenser and Mox Price hitting a pair of baskets each for Wayne Trace, which improves to 13-4.

Trevor Speice finished with a three pointer and Trae Sinn recorded a basket to complete the Wayne Trace scoring.

Mitchell Coleman topped the Pirates with 21 points while Reed Warnement added five.

Gavin Huff and Taron Butler added four markers each for Continental, which falls to 2-15.

The Pirates also got a bucket each from Jaden Warner and Gannon Prowant and Andrew Hoeffel hit a free throw.

Wayne Trace’s junior varsity improved to 14-3 on the season with a 38-28 win over the Pirates.

The Raiders return to action for doubleheader action at home this weekend as Wayne Trace hosts Ayersville on Friday before welcoming in Crestview Saturday night.

Continental is Ottoville in Putnam County League action Friday before the Pirates host North Baltimore Saturday.