Posted On: 12/16/20 10:12 AM
In a battle between rivals, Warren (4-1) was able to hand Fort Frye (4-1) their first loss of the season at the Cadets home gym by a final score of 56-49. Warren came out firing early, knocking down outside shots and grabbing offensive rebounds for an early advantage. Fort Frye had a strong second quarter, fueled by Luke Huffman who scored five straight points in the final minute of the first half to give Fort Frye a two point halftime lead. It stayed competitive in the third quarter but Fort Frye eventually couldn’t keep up as the Cadets didn’t get any easy buckets in the second half and the difference at the free-throw line proved to be too much for the Cadets to overcome. The Warriors size advantage wore out the Cadets in the second half as Fort Frye’s shooters seemed to have lost their legs late in the game, missing open looks that were going through the net in the first half. Both of these teams are near the best in their area and each will look to compete for a district championship when playoff time rolls around. Here were the top performers from the game.
Seth Dennis, 5’10 PG Warren 2021: Dennis is a very high IQ point guard who ran the show for the Warriors offense. Dennis plays excellent defense with his feet and not his hands. He looks to take charges on the defensive end and took a big one in the second half. Offensively Dennis isn’t quick enough to always create his own shot, but he turns the corner enough to get his own shots enough. Dennis is the clear leader for this senior laden squad that has a winning expectation.
Nic Hart, 6’2 SG Fort Frye 2021: Hart was a warrior on the floor this game, multiple times Hart would score a bucket and be clearly exhausted on the floor by competing so hard. Hart was relied upon to create a lot of offense and was beating defenders off the dribble to help create shots for himself and his teammates. Hart isn’t the most talented player you’ll find, but I haven’t seen a kid compete harder this season than Hart did for the Cadets last night.
Joel Chevalier, 6’1 SF Warren 2021: Chevalier had two 3-pointers in both the first and fourth quarters, helping Warren gain an early lead and shut the door on the Cadets. Chevalier made a lot of plays defensively with his length and strong frame, giving Cadets ball-handlers and passers trouble.
Kelton Fogle, 5’11 SG Fort Frye 2021: Fogle led the Cadets with 24 points in a recent victory over Fairland, but didn’t find the same offensive success tonight. A smooth lefty, Fogle looks the part of a microwave small-school scorer. With Fogle, Hart and other upperclassmen teammates, Fort Frye will be a team to watch in division III in the East/Southeast part of the state.