HAVILAND – The Rams loaded the buses and hit the road over to The Palace to take on a long time nemesis, the Wayne Trace Raiders.
The series dominated by the Raiders, most recently winning 8 of 9 in the series, 46-13 all time. The only Rams win in the last decade came in 2021 on a Max Grube buzzer beater as the Rams came away with a 46-43 come from behind win.
With the Rams most recent struggles, they still were 2-0 in the GMC, while the Raiders entered a very un Raider like 0-2 in the conference.
In an action packed first quarter, the Raiders Kyle Stoller dominated, pouring in 13 points. Wayne Trace jumped out to a 16-7 lead midway through the initial quarter.
Tinora’s Aiden Rittenhouse would match Stoller, pouring in 11 points in the quarter.
Tinora would rally in the last three minutes, cutting the Raiders lead to 18-15 after one quarter.
The second quarter would see Tinora’s Aiden Rittenhouse and the Raiders Stoller would carry the hot hand into the second as well.
Tinora’s Eli Plassman’s three from the left corner would tie the Raiders at 18-18 in the first minute of the second stanza.
The Raiders would roll off eight quick points, grabbing a 26-18 lead. Wayne Trace would take a 30-26 lead to the half.
Rittenhouse would bucket 16 in the first half, Stoller 19 for the Raiders
Tinora would commit just four first half turnovers, the Raider just five.
Tinora would continue to match the Raiders in the third quarter, getting with in one 35-34 on another Plassman three pointer and a chance to grab the lead on their next possession.
In a change of momentum on the Raiders next trip aftefr the Plassman bucket, Tinora had a chance to grab the lead, unfortunately for the Rams, a missed call, and a favorable bounce of the ball resulted in a Tanner Laukhuf three pointer, giving the Raiders 38-34 lead. Brooks Laukhuf would follow with a followup on the next possession, the Raiders would never look back, taking a 47-40 lead after three quarters.
The Laukhuf’s would tally 17 points in the third, Tanner with six, Brooks 11. A deep three by Brooks Laukuf at the buzzer gave the Raiders a seven point cushion. Stoller did not score in the third after bucketing 19 in the first half. The Raiders were 4-6 from three point land in the quarter.
The fourth quarter would see the host Raiders pull away from the Rams, outscoring Tinora 17-6 over the final eight minutes.
The Wayne Trace defense would put the clamps on Rittenhouse, Aiden did not score in the second half. Harris would bucket just six in the second half as well.
With the loss, the Rams have lost 5 of their last 6, falling to 5-7, 2-1 in the GMC. The Rams will host non conference Stryker on Saturday night.
Please arrive early as it will be a packed gym.
The Raiders improve to 8-3, 1-2 in conference play. Wayne Trace will host Crestview Saturday in a great non-conference tilt.
In an odd stat, the Raiders grabbed more offensive rebounds than defensive rebounds, 33 total, 17 offensive, 16 defensive.
The Rams grabbed just 12 rebounds on the night.
Both teams shot well, shooting 48% from the field.
WAYNE TRACE 18-12-17-17-64
TINORA SCORING – Eckert 3, Plassman 9, Anders 2, Rittenhouse 16, McMaster 0, Harris 12, Homier 0, Spychela 3, Ackerman 1, Friedrickson 0
WAYNE TRACE SCORING – Meyers 1, T Laukhuf 10, <iller 0, C Sinn 0, T Gerber 0, Winana 0, B Laukhuf 21, Clemens 2, Maenle 0, Forrer 0, Stoller 26
Three-point goals: Tinora 10-22 (Rittenhouse 4, Plassman 3, Eckert, Harris, Spychala), Wayne Trace 4-12 (T. Laukhuf 2, B. Laukhuf 2). Rebounds: Tinora 13 (Harris 4), Wayne Trace 32 (Stoller 13). Turnovers: Tinora 15, Wayne Trace 10
JV Wayne Trace 41-28
Rams – Ferrell 6
WT C. Sinn – 11
Freshman WT 35-34