Warriors’ offense struggles in loss to L-S Warriors’ offense struggles in loss to L-S Warriors’ offense struggles in loss to L-S

By on December 21, 2011

By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer

After three games, the Warwick boys are starting to form an identity.

They have shown themselves to be a solid team at the defensive end of the floor, allowing an average of 44.7 points per night in a stretch that included the fourth-ranked State Triple-A team (Berks Catholic) and the reigning District Three Triple-A bronze medalist (Lampeter-Strasburg).

The offense, so far, is another story.

Although the Warriors held a slim 8-7 edge after the first quarter against L-S on Tuesday in their home opener, they struggled against the Pioneers’ zone defense and suffered a 40-29 loss in a non-league game in Lititz.

"Three games in, I’m extremely pleased with our defense," Warwick skipper Jeff Landis said. "And offensively, we’ll continue to work and we’ll get better. And when shots go, this team is going to be able to compete with anyone. But we are going to have dry spells and we’ve got to come up with a way to limit them, in terms of how long they last."

The Warwick boys (1-2) will be hoping to put Tuesday’s loss behind them when they face Conestoga Valley in their league opener this Friday in Witmer.

And they will be looking for another big defensive effort following a night in which they held L-S (2-1) without a double-digit scorer. Jordan Groff, who averaged a team-best 12.5 ppg in the Pioneers’ first two games, shared game-high scoring honors with teammates J.D. Achille and Josh Miller.

Matt Engle and Derrick Shields paced Warwick with seven points apiece.

Despite missing several layups in the early stages of the game, the Warriors still had the score tied 10-10 in the second quarter. But then L-S nailed three straight triples — two by Groff — to go up 19-10. Unable to match them from the outside, Warwick went to the locker room trailing 21-10 at the half.

"Give L-S credit," Landis said. "They went into a zone and they usually just mix things up and we were aware of that. And they went to a zone and it worked, so they didn’t get out of it near as much as they normally would."

With Matt Engle and Tyler Morris containing Achille and Miller, the Pioneers shot only 13-of-48 from the floor and Warwick clawed back within five points in the third quarter.

But the L-S boys maintained a 31-19 edge at period’s end and finished off the 11-point win.

"I do think a lot of it just compounded and we weren’t making shots," Landis remarked. "And these kids play so hard, especially defensively, that sometimes they come to the other end and they’re still going 110 miles per hour. I don’t fault any of their efforts."

With that game behind them, the Warriors turned their attention to the Buckskins on Friday night.

"We open Section play Friday, we start fresh, and we’ll try to get off to a good start," Landis said. "I know for a fact that this group will come tomorrow ready to work and ready to get better. When we talked in the locker room, I said I’ll put it on my shoulders. Offensively tonight, we just weren’t good enough. I can’t help them make layups, but I have to do a better job of putting them in better positions."

Last Saturday, Warwick notched its first win of the season, beating Eastern York 45-37 in the Delone Catholic Tip-Off consolation game.

Engle led all scorers with 19 points, Shields chipped in with 12, and K’shawn Mickens knocked down three treys to lead Warwick, which built a 39-30 lead going to the fourth.

In their opener on Friday night, the Warriors fell 57-36 to a Berks Catholic team featuring seven players who are 6-feet-4 or taller.

Donovan Jack (6-foot-9) and Marquis Marshall, the son of former NBA player Donyelle Marshall, paced the Saints with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Shields led Warwick with 13 points. After three games, the Warwick boys are starting to form an identity.

They have shown themselves to be a solid team at the defensive end of the floor, allowing an average of 44.7 points per night in a stretch that included the fourth-ranked State Triple-A team (Berks Catholic) and the reigning District Three Triple-A bronze medalist (Lampeter-Strasburg).

The offense, so far, is another story.

Although the Warriors held a slim 8-7 edge after the first quarter against L-S on Tuesday in their home opener, they struggled against the Pioneers’ zone defense and suffered a 40-29 loss in a non-league game in Lititz.

"Three games in, I’m extremely pleased with our defense," Warwick skipper Jeff Landis said. "And offensively, we’ll continue to work and we’ll get better. And when shots go, this team is going to be able to compete with anyone. But we are going to have dry spells and we’ve got to come up with a way to limit them, in terms of how long they last."

The Warwick boys (1-2) will be hoping to put Tuesday’s loss behind them when they face Conestoga Valley in their league opener this Friday in Witmer.

And they will be looking for another big defensive effort following a night in which they held L-S (2-1) without a double-digit scorer. Jordan Groff, who averaged a team-best 12.5 ppg in the Pioneers’ first two games, shared game-high scoring honors with teammates J.D. Achille and Josh Miller.

Matt Engle and Derrick Shields paced Warwick with seven points apiece.

Despite missing several layups in the early stages of the game, the Warriors still had the score tied 10-10 in the second quarter. But then L-S nailed three straight triples — two by Groff — to go up 19-10. Unable to match them from the outside, Warwick went to the locker room trailing 21-10 at the half.

"Give L-S credit," Landis said. "They went into a zone and they usually just mix things up and we were aware of that. And they went to a zone and it worked, so they didn’t get out of it near as much as they normally would."

With Matt Engle and Tyler Morris containing Achille and Miller, the Pioneers shot only 13-of-48 from the floor and Warwick clawed back within five points in the third quarter.

But the L-S boys maintained a 31-19 edge at period’s end and finished off the 11-point win.

"I do think a lot of it just compounded and we weren’t making shots," Landis remarked. "And these kids play so hard, especially defensively, that sometimes they come to the other end and they’re still going 110 miles per hour. I don’t fault any of their efforts."

With that game behind them, the Warriors turned their attention to the Buckskins on Friday night.

"We open Section play Friday, we start fresh, and we’ll try to get off to a good start," Landis said. "I know for a fact that this group will come tomorrow ready to work and ready to get better. When we talked in the locker room, I said I’ll put it on my shoulders. Offensively tonight, we just weren’t good enough. I can’t help them make layups, but I have to do a better job of putting them in better positions."

Last Saturday, Warwick notched its first win of the season, beating Eastern York 45-37 in the Delone Catholic Tip-Off consolation game.

Engle led all scorers with 19 points, Shields chipped in with 12, and K’shawn Mickens knocked down three treys to lead Warwick, which built a 39-30 lead going to the fourth.

In their opener on Friday night, the Warriors fell 57-36 to a Berks Catholic team featuring seven players who are 6-feet-4 or taller.

Donovan Jack (6-foot-9) and Marquis Marshall, the son of former NBA player Donyelle Marshall, paced the Saints with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Shields led Warwick with 13 points. After three games, the Warwick boys are starting to form an identity.

They have shown themselves to be a solid team at the defensive end of the floor, allowing an average of 44.7 points per night in a stretch that included the fourth-ranked State Triple-A team (Berks Catholic) and the reigning District Three Triple-A bronze medalist (Lampeter-Strasburg).

The offense, so far, is another story.

Although the Warriors held a slim 8-7 edge after the first quarter against L-S on Tuesday in their home opener, they struggled against the Pioneers’ zone defense and suffered a 40-29 loss in a non-league game in Lititz.

"Three games in, I’m extremely pleased with our defense," Warwick skipper Jeff Landis said. "And offensively, we’ll continue to work and we’ll get better. And when shots go, this team is going to be able to compete with anyone. But we are going to have dry spells and we’ve got to come up with a way to limit them, in terms of how long they last."

The Warwick boys (1-2) will be hoping to put Tuesday’s loss behind them when they face Conestoga Valley in their league opener this Friday in Witmer.

And they will be looking for another big defensive effort following a night in which they held L-S (2-1) without a double-digit scorer. Jordan Groff, who averaged a team-best 12.5 ppg in the Pioneers’ first two games, shared game-high scoring honors with teammates J.D. Achille and Josh Miller.

Matt Engle and Derrick Shields paced Warwick with seven points apiece.

Despite missing several layups in the early stages of the game, the Warriors still had the score tied 10-10 in the second quarter. But then L-S nailed three straight triples — two by Groff — to go up 19-10. Unable to match them from the outside, Warwick went to the locker room trailing 21-10 at the half.

"Give L-S credit," Landis said. "They went into a zone and they usually just mix things up and we were aware of that. And they went to a zone and it worked, so they didn’t get out of it near as much as they normally would."

With Matt Engle and Tyler Morris containing Achille and Miller, the Pioneers shot only 13-of-48 from the floor and Warwick clawed back within five points in the third quarter.

But the L-S boys maintained a 31-19 edge at period’s end and finished off the 11-point win.

"I do think a lot of it just compounded and we weren’t making shots," Landis remarked. "And these kids play so hard, especially defensively, that sometimes they come to the other end and they’re still going 110 miles per hour. I don’t fault any of their efforts."

With that game behind them, the Warriors turned their attention to the Buckskins on Friday night.

"We open Section play Friday, we start fresh, and we’ll try to get off to a good start," Landis said. "I know for a fact that this group will come tomorrow ready to work and ready to get better. When we talked in the locker room, I said I’ll put it on my shoulders. Offensively tonight, we just weren’t good enough. I can’t help them make layups, but I have to do a better job of putting them in better positions."

Last Saturday, Warwick notched its first win of the season, beating Eastern York 45-37 in the Delone Catholic Tip-Off consolation game.

Engle led all scorers with 19 points, Shields chipped in with 12, and K’shawn Mickens knocked down three treys to lead Warwick, which built a 39-30 lead going to the fourth.

In their opener on Friday night, the Warriors fell 57-36 to a Berks Catholic team featuring seven players who are 6-feet-4 or taller.

Donovan Jack (6-foot-9) and Marquis Marshall, the son of former NBA player Donyelle Marshall, paced the Saints with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Shields led Warwick with 13 points. More WARRIORS, page B-8

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