- BOYS BASKETBALL: Warner's 27 Helps Waverly In Win Over Norris
By Jeff Motz
WAVERLY---Ben Warner found his shot falling through the basket quite often Thursday night.
The Waverly senior guard scored a game-high 27 points, on 3-of-3 shooting from three-point range and sank 11 free throws to help the Vikings to a 67-58 victory over Norris in boys basketball.
For Waverly, who improved to 4-5, the win avenged a loss to Norris on Dec. 30 in the championship of the Waverly Holiday Tournament, where the Titans came away with a 56-51 victory.
Norris led 22-21 after the first quarter behind Garrison Gustin's 11 points, including a three-pointer before the buzzer sounded. Gustin wound up finishing with a team-high 21 points.
Waverly led 30-28 at the half and took off in the third quarter, behind three-pointers from Warner and Jake Schneider. Warner's third and final three-pointer came right before the buzzer for a 46-34 Viking lead.
Defensively, Waverly went to a 2-3 zone, forcing Norris to try to attack from outside. The Titans got to within seven in the fourth quarter at 57-50 off three-pointers from Gustin and Cole Graham, who finished with 16 points.
Thomas Sullivan added 12 points in the losing effort for Norris.