Waite’s 3-point shooting does in Bobcats in Warrior Classic finals



TOLEDO – Whiteford made several comebacks in Saturday’s Warrior Classic championship game, but came up a comeback short in a 76-56 loss to the Waite Indians.

The Bobcats trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, but battled to a 43-43 tie with three minutes left in the third quarter. But, a quick 7-0 run by the Indians late in the third quarter and a 17-3 run in the fourth quarter was more than enough to give Waite the victory.

It is the fifth consecutive Warrior Classic championship for the Toledo City Athletic League school.

The Bobcats, meanwhile, fell to 3-2 on the season heading into 2018. Cameron Iott led the Bobcats with 20 points coming off the bench while Jared Fink scored 15.

The big key to Waite’s win was its 3-point shooting. The Indians made nine on the game – including four in the first quarter to help it get out to leads of 12-2, 17-6 and 20-8. Whiteford hung close in the second quarter when Fink connected on a couple of triples of his own. His layup at the 1:00 mark of the first half pulled the Bobcats within 33-26.

In the third quarter, Whiteford fell behind 34-26 but got a bucket from Matthew Taylor and two free throws by Iott to pull within 34-30. Iott scored on a driving layup to make it 38-32 and Antonio DiTerlizzi closed the gap to 38-34 with 5:26 left in the quarter.

After Waite re-built a 43-36 the Bobcats had its best stretch of the game, finally tying it at 43-43 on a Thomas Eitniear triple. But, Waite junior Mark Randall answered with a triple of his own and Waite went into the fourth quarter leading 50-44. Whiteford cut it to a 55-52 game with 4:14 left on a Fink three-point play, but Whiteford would get no closer as the Indians went on a 21-4 run to close out the game.

The Bobcats shot just 9-for-21 from the free throw line.

In addition to his team-high 20 points, Iott pulled down 11 rebounds for Whiteford.

Fine Waite senior guard Carl Banks led all scorers with 26 points. He was one of four Waite players reaching double digits.

The Bobcats play again on Wednesday when it hosts Blissfield (0-4) in a non-conference game that was re-scheduled from early December.

Waite 76, Whiteford 56


DiTerlizzi 3 0-1 6, Iott 7 6-11 20, Fink 6(2) 1-1 15, Taylor 3 0-0 6, Lake 1 1-4 3, Eitniear 2(1) 1-4 6. Totals 22(3) 9-21 56.

WAITE (76)

Booth 5(3) 1-2 14, Allen 1(1) 0-0 3, Guerrero 3 0-0 6, Mandall 4(4) 1-3 13, Wells 1 3-6 5, Leach 3 1-2 7, Banks 9(2) 6-7 26, Cummings 1 0-0 2. Totals 28(9) 12-20 56.

WHITEFORD       10           16           18           12           –              56

WAITE   20           13           17           26           –              76

Total fouls – Whiteford 16, Waite X. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – Whiteford bench.



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