CULVER — The Winamac boys basketball team was in action for the first time since last Tuesday’s defeat at Rochester.
The result, on paper, was the same, this time a 60-54 loss to Culver. However, those that attended both games may attest that this looked like a totally different Winamac team taking the floor.
Numerous fouls and turnovers plagued the Warriors in their opener against the Zebras but what a difference a weeks worth of practice can do for a team. Instead of taking what their opponents sent their way, the Warriors dictated the game this time around.
In the opening frame the Cavs opened in a 2-3 zone that did not allow anything inside for the Warriors. So Winamac simply played patient ball until one of their sharpshooters found themselves open and then knocked down the shot. Five of their first six shots were from behind the arc and by the midway point of the quarter had built a 17-7 lead forcing Culver to take an early timeout.
Adam Gruening came off the Winamac bench and nailed 3 from long range in the first quarter allowing Winamac to take a 23-10 lead after one.
In the second quarter the Cavs went to playing man to man trying to take away the long ball. It was effective but the Winamac offense continued to show patience and were able to start finding things available inside. The teams basically traded buckets throughout the quarter but Culver did manage to cut into the lead by making it a Warrior lead 35-24 going into the break.
After playing a first half with few turnovers and few fouls, both began to appear in third quarter hindering the Warriors offense. In addition, late in the quarter the patience that Winamac had exhibited began to fade. Fortunately, Culver continued missing their shots but were dialing in on their trips to the free throw line allowing them to stay in the game. At the end of three it was still a 43-32 lead for the visitors.