Warren stands strong; downs Fort Frye by 10 points Thursday

Cadets jumped out to 11-2 lead; couldn’t hold on

Photo by Tom Perry Warren's Josh Hoffman looks to drive to the basket as Fort Frye's Casey Lewis applies pressure.

VINCENT — Warren never flinched.

As Fort Frye’s early lead continued to build, the Warriors didn’t stray from the plan and in the end it’s how they pulled away for a 73-63 victory Thursday night in a non-conference game.

“We’ve had a lot of confidence against Fort Frye the past few years,” said Warren coach Blane Maddox. “We did a good job of staying within ourselves and didn’t press. We took good shots and we wore them down with our size.”

Fort Frye coach Eric Henniger said Warren is always a tough match up.

“Warren’s press really hurt us,” he said. “We did a better job of taking it to their big guys and getting to the basket. I was happy with how we were aggressive because we’ve been relying on the 3 too much this season.”

The Cadets (6-3) jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter before Warren rallied for the final six points.

“I’m proud of the effort,” Henniger said. “You’re never happy with a loss, but every time we play Warren it’s a physical game but not in a bad or dirty way. It was a typical Fort Frye-Warren game.”

The Warriors (7-2) didn’t take a lead until late in the second quarter when Chase Weihl made a dunk for a 30-29 lead. Warren increased its lead to 32-29 before Justin Anderson buried a 3-point basket to knot the game at 32 at half.

The Cadets retook the lead at 42-41 midway through the third quarter, but Warren started to take over the game at that point and entered the final quarter up 51-45 thanks to two key 3-pointers by Bishop Ford off the bench.

“I thought this was a good team victory,” Maddox said. “We want to be a great team. To do that you have to play good teams and win. We did that tonight.”

Fort Frye continued to battle early in the fourth quarter and pulled to within four at 57-53 as Tyler Bradford made one of two foul shots with 4:02 to play. But Warren closed the game on a 16-10 run to close out the win.

A big key to the win was Warren going 10 of 13 from the foul line in the final 1:44 of the game.

Kyler Dennis led the Warriors with 24 points, which included 10 in the fourth. Weihl had a strong game inside with 17 points and nine rebounds before fouling out. Joshua Hoffman added 10 points and five rebounds.

Anderson led all scorers with 26 points, while also adding nine rebounds for the Cadets. Casey Lewis added 12 points and three assists.

Warren hosts rival Marietta at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, while the Cadets face rival Waterford at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“I expect pretty much the same thing as we had tonight,” Henniger said.