After two losses in the earlier rounds, the Winfield Warriors took seventh place in the Bank of Old Monroe Tip Off Classic with a 74-49 win over Warrenton. They built a 37-22 lead at the half and increased it to 53-34 after three quarters enrout to the win. “They had lost to University City in the opening round and 61-41 to Fort Zumwalt East in the second round. Against East, David Bauer and Damian Cagle led with 20 and 11 points respectively.
“This tournament is a great gauge of where we are at this point in the season because there were several good teams in the field this year,” said Winfield Coach Seth McDowell. “Our first game was against University City who ended up winning the tournament and was a really good team. I feel we learned a lot about ourselves as a team and found we still have plenty of work to do. Our team is still getting use to the new defensive and offensive systems that we have put in and we will continue to improve as the year goes on. As long as we continue to work hard and compete I think we will continue to make great improvements.
“Effort and toughness were the keys to the game against Warrenton,” McDowell said. “I feel we lacked both a great deal the night before in the loss to Fort Zumwalt East. I challenged the kids to make a change for the positive because I felt they were much better than we showed the night before. They responded great and made drastic improvements in both those areas. Chase Bauer and Travis Osborn stepped up their game a great deal against Warrenton. Chase handled the ball well and looked to get others scoring opportunities. He ended up with six assists and four steals. He might not have scored a lot but was a key to the win. I think Travis benefited a great deal from Chase’s assists as he ended up with 20 points. For the most part he took good shots that were all within the offense.”
The Warriors returned to action Tuesday when they lost 52-46 to the Bowling Green Bobcats. Bauer was the leading scorer with 15 points and Osborn continued his improved play, chipping in 11 points including a pair of three-point field goals. The Warriors got off to a 19-10 lead in the opening period but the Bobcats before the half to trail by one 31-30. A 16-7 scoring edge in the final period allowed the Bobcats to prevail in a tight game.
“It was a good game if you were a fan,” said McDowell. “We led for three quarters before we let the lead slip away. We were executing early in the game and lost focus of what we needed to do late. They are a well coached team and play extremely hard so we knew going in they wouldn’t let up no matter the score. Our defense had several breakdowns throughout the night especially late. You can’t allow easy baskets and expect to win games. I think they shot 58 percent from the field . We took several positives away from the game, but still have to improve in several areas.”