2018-01-12 / Sports

Warriors roll to win over Knights

Associate Sports Editor

WELLS — The Wells boys basketball team snapped its two-game losing streak with a big 70-44 win over Poland on Thursday.

The Warriors had four players score double-digit points, and dominated on both ends from start to finish.

“Our big thing was what are we going to do tonight? How are we going to defend, how are we going to attack? I just wanted us to try to do the things we do and to do them well and we did for the most part,” said Wells coach Troy Brown after the win.

Poland came out strong in the opening five minutes and held a brief 12-11 lead. The Warriors would then go on a 12-0 run to close out the quarter and didn’t look back.

The Warriors starters continued to set the pace in the second and would take a 41-23 lead into the halftime break. Wells then outscored the Knights 12-2 in the third to take a commanding 53-25 lead into the fourth.

The Wells subs would take over in the fourth quarter to close out the win, and got some solid performances including a combined 16 points from Channing Wang and Matt Ouellette in the period.

“One thing about our team this season is that we haven’t scored a lot of easy baskets, and we need to. We’re a grind it out team, we don’t have a guy that we can pin on and say, ‘that guy is going to get 25 tonight.’ We just don’t have that guy,” said Brown. “I was glad to see our bench get some confidence tonight because somewhere outside of our big three, Tyler (Bridge), Matt (Sherburne) and Cam (Cousins), we have to get 15-20 points a game.”

Sherburne led the way with 14 points while Cousins chipped in 13, Bridge 12 and Wang 11.

The Warriors improve to 6-3 and will take on neighbor Kennebunk on Saturday.

“We were 0-2 and wanted to get back on the winning track and go into Saturday having some confidence in ourselves,” said Brown. “We have a big game on Saturday and I’m excited about it.”

Brown hopes to see his club continue to play with heart and purpose as it enters a tough stretch of the schedule in the finals weeks of the regular season.

“Our confidence is going to be much higher going into Saturday. We practiced really hard yesterday in practice and we’re going to go at it in practice tomorrow,” said Brown. “I think the thing we need to work on is intensity in practice and focus. If we can keep those two things up in practice it will carry over into games.”  

Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at asponseller@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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