WOLVERINES RIDE SEECOND-HALF WAVE TO 71-41 WIN OVER NOTRE DAME
By: Tim Birney | WaverlyAthletics.com | March 5, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger
WAVERLY — Waverly did a lot of things teams need to do to win games:
created turnovers, limited its turnovers, and pounded the offensive
glass being among them.
Throw in a 29-4 third-quarter blitz
and it equals a 71-41 Wolverine win over IAC arch-rival Notre Dame here
Friday night in boys basketball action.
really was a tale of two halves," said Waverly coach Lou Judson. "We
probably played our worst half of the season in the first half, then
turned around in the second half and played our best half of the season.
put it together in the second half offensively," noted Judson. "We can
be a very explosive offense when our shooters get going.
were very active in our defense in the second half," added Judson. "I
didn’t like how we were playing man-to-man, so we switched to a
different defense in the second half, and it really ignited us. It got
us out in transition."
One thing Waverly did not do well in
the first half was shoot the ball, connecting on 8 of its 38 shots (21
percent) from the field in first half, including just 1 of 12 from
behind the 3-point arc. The Wolverines did, however, pull down seven of
their 15 offensive rebounds in the first two quarters and turn a few of
them into points.
Malaki Owens scored 13 of his team-high 16
points in the first half for the Crusaders, while junior Davis Croft led
a balanced Waverly offense with five points. Both methods were equally
effective as the game went to the intermission tied at 22-22.
The second half belonged to the Wolverines.
Joey Tomasso pumped in 13 points in the third quarter, and four of his
teammates — seniors Ryan Lambert and Kobe Decker, and juniors Brennan
and Liam Traub scored four points apiece — as the Wolverines raced out
to a 51-26 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
(Tomasso) played very well again tonight," said Judson. "He got in
transition in the third quarter, and got some easy points from Ryan
Judson noted his four seniors —
Lambert, Decker, Ryan Bowen, and Aidan Westbrook — gave the Wolverines a
lift in the third quarter.
“Our seniors have
been the glue for this basketball game. They started the second half
tonight, and really got us going. I’m really proud of them."
remained hot in the fourth quarter, with Brennan Traub knocking down a
3-pointer and scoring five points, Tomasso adding four points, and
Lambert, Liam Traub, and junior Brady Blauvelt each connecting from
3-point range as the Wolverines outscored the Crusaders, 20-15, in the
The Wolverines shot 55 percent (21 of 38) from the
field in the second half, including 5 of 15 from behind the arc, and had
eight more offensive rebounds. Overall, they shot 38 percent from the
Waverly turned the ball over just seven times in the win,
including only three in the second half, while as a team the Wolverines
registered 18 steals, among the 31 forced turnovers.
Waverly with 21 points and three steals, while Brennan Traub had 10
points and four rebounds — all on the offensive end, Lambert had nine
points, four rebounds, and three steals, and Liam Traub had seven
points, three rebounds, and one blocked shot.
Croft had seven
points and three steals in the win, while Blauvelt added five points and
four boards, senior Aidan Westbrook had four points, four rebounds, and
four steals, senior Peyton Bowen had four points, a team-high nine
boards, including five on the offensive glass, and one blocked shot,
Decker had four points and four rebounds, and junior Thomas Hand dished
out a team-high three assists.
Waverly, now 7-4, closes out the 2021 season Saturday afternoon at home against S-VE.
don’t think this team will reach its fullest potential because the
season is getting cut short, but we’re starting to play pretty well.
like how we’re trending right now," said Judson. "We’re getting a lot
of guys in the game, and getting our juniors a lot of playing time to
prepare them for next year."