2016-12-16 / Sports

Warriors run past Seagulls

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By ALEX SPONSELLER
Associate Sports Editor

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — A big first quarter helped propel the Wells boys basketball team to a big 71-35 win over host Old Orchard Beach on Thursday.

The Warriors took control early by going on a 15-0 run, and did not allow an OOB point until the 20 second mark in the first quarter.

“I think our pressure disturbed (OOB) a little bit early, obviously the seal wasn’t broken on the basket for them early. We got on a run and made some easy buckets, we felt that (OOB) might use the 1-3-1 so we wanted to put some pressure on them and get those easy buckets. It actually worked out tonight,” said Wells coach Troy Brown.

Wells was led by Deandre Woods, who scored a game-high 18 points for the Warriors. Woods felt that the early lead set the tone for the rest of the way.

“It’s always good to get off to a quick start. A 15-0 run is a good start and when you get ahead early in a game things usually go well from there.”

Wells continued to light up the scoreboard, outpacing the Seagulls 11-5 in the second quarter to take the 26-9 lead at half.

Woods dominated in the paint, collecting 12 of his 18 points in the first half.

“I just kept getting in the middle and putting it up. I had a flow going so I just kept going,” said Woods.

Both teams played with more intensity in the third quarter, each doubling their point totals in the eight-minute period. Brown was happy to see his team come out strong in the second half.

“I was pleased with how we came out in the third quarter. Since I’ve coached these kids the first and third quarters have been bad quarters for us and tonight we came out and played good in the first and played well in the third,” said Brown.

The Warriors took a 53-28 lead into the final quarter, and the Wells bench closed out the game by outscoring OOB 18-7 in the final period.

“We run nine deep this year and I’m very excited about that. We are deep and we are going to need to keep kids fresh to keep that up tempo pace going the whole time,” said Brown.

Keegan Reidy also finished the game with 11 points for Wells while Tyler Dewey added nine on three 3-pointers. Ian Regan led OOB with 13 points scored, including the Seagulls’ first seven points.

Although Wells dominated for much of the game, the Warriors struggled at the free throw line and shot 50 percent in the first half.

“We address it every day. The kids tend to fool around a bit during free throws but we address it. We shoot anywhere from 30 to 50 free throws per practice,” said Brown. “If we made a few more of those free throws and a few of those easy layups then we may have been up by 10 more points early and that would’ve helped in that second half.”

Wells is now 3-0 to start the season, and Brown and Woods hope that the momentum will continue to roll.

“I’ve never been 3-0 as a basketball coach so I’m very excited about this team,” said Brown. “I think they have a lot of potential but we still have a lot of work to do. The sky is the limit for these guys and if they come in and work hard, get better every day then we will be a pretty good team.”

“We’re 3-0 now, we have a good team with a lot of seniors so we should have a good year,” said Woods.

— 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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