BY J. PATRICK EAKEN | MIRROR SPORTS — Anthony Wayne put four players in double figures and got 11 players in the scoring column on its way to a 72-48 victory over Northern Lakes League foe Springfield last Friday.
“Everybody executed today,” said AW coach Josh Arthur. “I thought we played extremely hard and everybody did everything they needed to do.
“We had four guys in double figures and that’s a great thing to have in a varsity basketball game.”
Senior forward Max Bradfield and junior guard Kyle Ray led AW with 14 points each, senior guard Max Denman scored 13 and senior forward Ben Allen added 11.
“It was definitely a team effort,” Ray said. “A lot of the bench guys got their first varsity buckets. That was really cool – Garret Pike and Garrett Mintz contributed. It was a great team effort.”
The Generals secured their second win a row after losing three straight games prior to that.
“It feels really good. I’m glad we finally got a win – we’ve had a rough stretch here,” Bradfield said.
“We lost a couple games to teams like Northview and Genoa, and that’s a rough stretch, but it felt good especially since we won by such a big margin.
“Obviously, it means a lot to those people who don’t get in as much, like Garrett Mintz. They bust their butts more than anyone I know and they deserve the credit, too.”
Arthur was pleased with his team’s offensive effort, reaching the 70-point mark for the fifth time this season.
“They played well,” he said. “They came in with the mentality to push the ball against Springfield. We knew Springfield would push it against us, too.”
The fast-paced game came after both teams missed several practices due to weather cancellations.
“We worked hard. We only practiced two days this week, but I also think that helped us to have fresh legs,” Arthur said. “We did look a little tired toward the end there.
“That is the conditioning part, but we also played 10 guys early on and then everyone else came in and gave us some good minutes and we were able to relax a little bit.”
The Generals remain in second place in the league with a 7-2 record, two games behind league leader Northview (17-0, 9-0), which is ranked fifth in the AP Division I media poll.
The Blue Devils (6-9, 4-5) were led by senior guards Terrel Bryant and Denzel Prince, who scored 18 and 15 points.
AW never let up on the gas, closing the first quarter on a 15-2 run to take a 21-10 lead after one stanza.
Springfield closed it to within six, 32-26, on a free throw by Bryant with 48.3 seconds remaining in the first half, but Bradfield scored on a dish from Denman with 30 seconds to go and junior guard Bobby Miller made the front end of a double bonus to put AW back up 35-26 at the half.
Although the Blue Devils had played evenly in the second quarter, the third and fourth looked more like the first as the Generals steadily pulled away.
AW opened the third on a 12-3 run and a give-and-go from Miller led to Denman scoring with 3:20 remaining to give the Generals a 49-29 cushion.
By the final quarter, everyone was getting into the scoring column as AW outscored Springfield 37-22 in the second half.
Including six dead ball rebounds, Anthony Wayne grabbed 49 rebounds to Springfield’s 32, and each team had nine turnovers.
Bradfield led AW with seven boards, Miller had six and Denman and Allen had five rebounds apiece. Prince led all defenders with 11 rebounds and junior forward Deon Key had six caroms for the Blue Devils.
Denman also had four assists and Allen and junior guard Zac Szul had three steals apiece for AW.
Miller scored seven points and junior forward Bryce Boyer added four for the Generals, while junior guards Ben Wyrick and Nick Huffman, senior post Garrett Mintz and Garret Pike contributed two points each and junior guard Reid Miller scored one point.
For the Blue Devils, junior guard Denzel Stuart scored six, senior forward Michael Key and junior guard Devin Johnson added four apiece and junior forward Jasiri Williams had one point.
In NLL action this week, AW (11-5 overall, 5-2 in the NLL) was scheduled to host Maumee (4-12, 1-8) on Tuesday and travel to Southview (6-8, 4-5) on Friday.