Morris’ return helps Warwick earn two straight wins Boys Basketball
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Welcome back, Tyler Morris.
The Warriors’ senior forward played in his second game on Monday night since returning from a pre-season injury and looked like he never missed a beat.
Playing at Section One rival Penn Manor, Morris scored 15 of his game-high 18 points in the opening half to help Warwick take a 31-20 lead at the break. The Warriors (4-3 L-L, 5-7 overall) never trailed the rest of the way while earning their second win in a row with a 56-44 victory in Millersville. In the newly-released District Three Quad-A power rankings, the Warriors were 30th.
"I think it makes everyone feel better (having Tyler back)," Warwick coach Jeff Landis said. "I think everyone is playing with a little bit more confidence and he does (make the offense more complete). It just puts everyone in the positions they’re supposed to be at."
Morris’ offensive output included a game-high four triples, giving him six total in his first two games back in the lineup.
That opened things up for others to be able to get to the basket, and senior guard Matt Engle capitalized with 15 points to help support the Warriors’ attack.
"We made them chase us a little in the second half," Landis said, "and (Matt) got to the basket and finished. And we were able to bring people away from the basket with Tyler. It’s only two games but he’s 6-for-10 from the 3-point line, so people know they have to get out and guard him … I think Penn Manor really concentrated on trying to take away his shot in the second half which opened it up for some other people."
The Comets, led by Micah Brown’s 15 points, closed the gap to 43-36 after three quarters, but they could get no closer.
Landis credited his bench players for playing a key role in the win.
"I thought our bench was outstanding," Landis said. "Between Austin (Myers), Jake (Shillady), Damian (Soto), Chris Devlin and Eric Wagaman, they all played. Not one of them turned the ball over when they were on the floor. Jake did a great job of rebounding and Damian’s been playing really well. He hasn’t turned it over in three or four games and he’s taking the opportunities when they come. That’s all you can ask of those guys."
In other action last Friday night, Warwick overcame a slow start while getting a big boost from senior Tyler Stief to earn a 55-48 OT win over host Cedar Crest in Cornwall.
Clay Penchard scored 14 points and Killian Klopp added 13 for the Falcons, who 11-2 after one. Soto, however, nailed a triple to help get Warwick’s offense started in the second quarter and Morris added two first-half treys.
Still, the Warriors trailed by six going to the fourth quarter, 34-28. But Stief stepped up in the fourth quarter to help his team pull even, 45-45 at the end of regulation.
Overall, the senior guard scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter and OT combined, including a trey in the extra session which gave Warwick a lead it never relinquished.
"In the fourth quarter, Tyler Stief just took over," Landis said. "We had a lot of kids contribute, but he kinda willed us to victory down the stretch."
Last Wednesday, Jan. 2, McCaskey’s Devonne Pinkard led all scorers with 25 points, leading the Section One-leading Red Tornado to a 75-36 victory in Lititz. K’Shawn Mickens finished with 15 points to lead the Warriors, who trailed 35-12 at the half. More WARRIORS, page B-4