HAVILAND - Nate Gerber scored 13 points and Reid Miller added ten as the Wayne Trace Raiders opened Green Meadows Conference action with a 40-33 win over Tinora Thursday night at the Palace.

Wayne Trace improved to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference with the victory while Tinora falls to 5-5 in all games and 0-1 in the league.

After the two teams played to a 7-7 tie at the end of one quarter the Raiders took control in the second period.

Mox Price and Gerber each hit three-pointers in the quarter with Miller adding three points and Alex Reinhart chipped in two.

It was Price’s triple that put Wayne Trace in front for good.

“I thought we got some very quality minutes out of Mox [Price] and Alex [Reinhart] tonight,” said Wayne Trace head coach Jim Linder. “They rebounded for us and did a nice job on the defensive end and they each hit some big shots for us at key times.”

“Wayne Trace is a quality opponent and they do a good job of putting their kids in position to have success,” commented Tinora head coach Paul Wayne. “We had opportunities tonight but we weren’t able to hit some shots and Wayne Trace did that.”

Wayne Trace opened an 18-12 lead at the break before the Rams made a run in the third quarter.

The green and white picked up seven third quarter points from Evan Willitzer and a three-pointer by Brady Bumb to trim the deficit to 25-22 at the end of three quarters.

“Tinora is very disciplined and is always going to challenge you defensively,” said Linder. “Paul does a great job with his kids and they are going to do a good job of working the ball to get the shot they want. I was proud of the way our kids battled defensively.”

With Wayne Trace on top 28-25 and 6:08 left in the contest following a Landon Rinkel three-point play, the Raiders broke the contest open with nine consecutive points.

A Reid Miller trey ignited the run that also included a Reinhart offensive rebound and basket as well as a Miller layup to stretch the margin to 37-25 with 3:15 left.

The Rams broke a scoreless period of over four minutes when Willitzer hit a pair of free throws to get Tinora within 37-27 at the 2:03 mark.

Miller added two foul shots as Wayne Trace expanded the margin to 39-27 with 1:06 remaining and the Raiders cruised the rest of the way for the seven point win.

“It’s a good start to the league but we know it is only one game,” said Linder. “Every week is going to be tough in the conference.”

Evan Willitzer topped Tinora with a dozen points and Landon Rinkel added seven for the Rams. Willitzer also picked up eight rebounds and Rinkel grabbed five for Tinora while Tye Norden chipped in three points, two assists and four steals.

Gerber paced Wayne Trace with six rebounds while Jace Vining and Reinhart both picked up four. Reinhart also posted six points for the Raiders and Vining recorded four.

Tinora hits the court again on Thursday as the Rams resume GMC play by hosting Ayersville. Wayne Trace hits the road to Arlington for a non-league game Saturday before visiting Antwerp next Thursday in GMC action.