Warren tops Fort Frye

VINCENT, Ohio – It’s not often a basketball team that hits 13 of its first 18 shots in a game loses.

With Evan French on the court, though, anything is possible.

French’s electric shooting display guided the Warren Warriors (14-3) to a 78-59 victory over the Fort Frye Cadets (15-3) Wednesday night at Warrior Coliseum.

The senior guard amassed 37 points on 13-of-22 shooting, including 6-of-10 from the 3-point line, to lead the Warriors and continue to build a case for a second straight appearance on the Division II All-Ohio list.

French scored 18 points in the first quarter and 25 at halftime to keep Warren one step ahead of Fort Frye’s offensive attack, which went 7-for-8 in the second quarter but still trailed 49-34 at the break.

Andrew Henthorn also played a crucial role in Warren’s early scoring binge. The junior guard came off the bench to tally 12 points, all in the first half, including a pair of buzzer beaters in the first two periods to help keep the momentum on the royal blue and white’s side going into the second half.

Fort Frye cut the deficit to as much as 13 points, 68-55, midway through the fourth quarter, but Warren closed the game out on a 10-4 run to secure the win and complete the season sweep of the Cadets.

In the third quarter, French added 12 more markers to give him 37 for the game and give Warren a 65-48 lead with eight minutes to play.

Already with three fouls, French picked up his fourth early in the final period. Later, French re-entered the game and immediately picked up his fifth on a charge call to foul out, but not before lighting up the scoreboard.

“It all started with team,” French said. “They were setting good screens and I was coming off and hitting. It all started with them and I was just finishing what they started.”

Hall added 14 and Patton had 10 for the Warriors, who finished 28-for-46 (61 percent) from the floor.

Fort Frye was led by Seth Legraen’s 18 points. Kiefer added 13 and Lang contributed 11. The Cadets shot 52.5 percent (21-40) in the contest.