CONTINENTAL - Host Continental scored six of the first nine points in Tuesday's non-league boys basketball game in Putnam County.But it was visiting Wayne Trace who dominated the rest of the period, outscoring the Pirates 20-2 over the last six minutes of the quarter as the Raiders cruised to a 60-41 victory.
Trailing 6-3 early, Wayne Trace's Grady Gudakunst and Corbin Linder hit back-to-back treys to put the Raiders on top 9-6. From that point on, it was all Raiders.
The red, white and blue added baskets by Ryan Kortokrax, Linder and Dalton Sinn in pushing the margin to 16-6 before a basket by the Pirates' Tyler Rue closed the deficit to 16-8.
Following an old-fashioned three point play by Sinn, the visitors added two Gudakunst foul shots and a pair of Devin Wenzlick free throws to post a 23-8 lead after eight minutes of action.
"We came out with a lot of intensity and energy tonight," noted Raider head coach Jim Linder. "We were able to create some turnovers and we hit some big shots early on. We felt coming in that this would be a tough game so it was big to come out and play well."
Continental quickly answered to start the second quarter. Two Rue buckets and a Tyler Dockery basket trimmed the Pirate deficit to 23-14 at the six minute mark of the second quarter.
After a foul shot by Sinn gave the Raiders a 24-14 advantage, the Pirates look to run some clock off by going to the spread offense as Wayne Trace switched to a zone defense.
However, the idea would backfire. Sinn created a Pirate turnover and went to the rim, putting down a slam dunk in widening the margin to 26-14.
The senior guard wasn't done for Wayne Trace though. On the next Continental possession, Sinn followed with another steal and one-handed dunk as the Raiders grabbed a 28-14 advantage.
"Dalton made a couple of big plays there," Linder added. "He can create things with his length and athletic ability and those were two big plays for us."
Following a trey by Continental's Justin Halliwill to get the Pirates within 28-18, the Raiders closed the half with consecutive three-pointers from Gudakunst and Linder to grab a 34-18 lead at the intermission.
"We had guys step up and make big plays for us tonight," commented the Raider head coach. "It was a good team win with a lot of players contributing."
Continental got as close as 37-26 in the third quarter on a Rue basket but the red, white and blue quickly answered. A trey by Gudakunst and a Nick McClain basket widened the lead to 42-26 as Wayne Trace went on to post a 49-30 lead at the end of three periods.
Wayne Trace then put the game away with nine straight points to open the final period, opening the margin to 58-30 with a pair of Sinn free throws.
The Raiders' Jake Gerber completed the scoring for the red, white and blue with a late basket before Continental's Brandon Schmidt scored to set the final margin at 60-41.
"This is a tough week for us," concluded the Raider head coach. "We've got a very good Tinora team coming into our place for a key Green Meadows Conference game and then we go to Kalida and they are playing very well. We have to keep playing well and improving."
Sinn paced Wayne Trace with 16 points, five rebounds and four steals with Gudakunst adding 13 and Linder chipping in 11. Colby Speice dished out six assists and posted four boards. Linder also grabbed four caroms for Wayne Trace, which moves to 13-1 on the season.
Rue topped the Pirates with 17 markers, ten rebounds and four steals. Tyler Dockery added seven markers for the Pirates, who fall to 5-9.
Wayne Trace's junior varsity moved to 11-3 after posting a 33-24 win over the Pirates.
Jake Gerber scored 13 points to top the Raiders with T.J. Blackmore adding six. Brock Worden recorded six rebounds and Alec Vest added five. Gerber also chipped in with four caroms and four steals.
Austin Mansfield and Joey Swager each posted six points for the Pirates.
Continental hosts Columbus Grove on Saturday in Putnam County League action.