“You play like you practice,” the old sports adage goes.
Wyoming East coach Rory Chapman probably wouldn’t disagree after watching his team’s 82-56 loss to Woodrow Wilson on Tuesday night at New Richmond.
“I didn’t think we practiced very well (leading up to this game),” Chapman commented. “We worked really hard in the pre-season practices, but after the PikeView game it seemed like we were a little complacent.”
The Warriors had two big droughts— just four points in the first quarter and three in the final five minutes of the game—against the Flying Eagles.
Woodrow, fueled by the play of Dante Nabors, jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes.
The lead went to 16-4 early in the second stanza before WEHS put together a 14-2 run and tied it up.
Josh Tunstalle sake two free throws and Christian Hedinger had another to make it 16-7.
Brett Bowling scored inside off a dish from Austin Canada, and Hedinger knocked down a three from straight away to cut the deficit to 16-12.
Chase Hancock had a put back for the Eagles to stretch the margin to six.
East answered with six straight points: Canada hit a 15-footer from the right side
Cody Lester made two foul shots and nailed a 15-footer to create the game’s only deadlock.
East was still within 28-24 with a little over a minute left, but Beckley finished the half with a 7-0 run, including a three-point play by Nick Deems and a bucket from Nabors, to go up by 11 at the half.
A strong third quarter start pushed Woodrow’s lead to 48-29.
East whittled away and got the margin down to twelve when Lester hit a trey to make it 50-38.
It was 67-53 with about five minutes left in the fourth period after Lester scored from close range.
The Eagles took charge from there, scoring easy transition baskets and pushing the ball inside for good looks.
“I feel like we got outplayed in every aspect of the game,” stated Chapman. “If there was a loose ball, they got it.”
“When we weren’t making lollipop passes and tipping the ball up in the air instead of rebounding it, we were able to run our offense,” the coach. “But we had too many turnovers.”
Nabors had 28 for the Eagles, and Dai Dai Fortune added 15. Andrew Johnson scored 11.
Lester scored 19 for East, and Bowling connected for 15.
East is at Independence this Friday.