Lancaster Catholic edges the Warriors

By on December 30, 2014
Warwick senior Grant Zimmerman, who scored 14 points against Lancaster Catholic on Monday, makes a strong move to the basket in the first half. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick senior Grant Zimmerman, who scored 14 points against Lancaster Catholic on Monday, makes a strong move to the basket in the first half. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Grant Zimmerman doesn’t exactly take a whole lot of three-pointers for the Warwick boys.
Through the Warriors’ first nine games, in fact, the senior forward/guard hadn’t even attempted a shot from beyond the arc.
When he does, though, Zimmerman is successful, as evidenced by his 3-of-7 showing in 2013-14.
Against Lancaster Catholic on Monday, with the Warriors trailing by two points late in the fourth, Zimmerman looked to rekindle some of that magic.
But his shot with nine seconds left on the clock didn’t fall and the Crusaders held on for a 53-49 win in the Warwick Holiday Classic.
“(Grant) was open, they hadn’t come out on him all night,” Warwick coach Jeff Landis said. “He shoots a high percentage in that situation. It was a good shot, it was close &tstr; it just didn’t go down.”
The game, for that matter, was close throughout as well. The two teams were tied 23-23 at the half and Lancaster Catholic was up by just four points, 38-34, going to the final stanza.
The Warriors might have considered themselves fortunate to be in that situation, knowing that they didn’t play one of their best games.
“(Catholic) deserves some credit for that,” Landis said. “They did a good job. Coach (Joe Klazas) knows a lot of our weaknesses, they mixed up their defenses a little and we shot way too many three-pointers early in our offense tonight.”
For the game, Zimmerman finished with 14 points to lead three Warrior players in double figures. Nate Miller added 12 and James Willis finished with 10.
“I thought we had an advantage inside and Grant Zimmerman scored most of his points by slashing,” Landis said. “It was congested because they weren’t coming out more than five feet on Grant. (It’s nice) when Grant’s able to get a head of steam going and still finish, but it clogged the lane so that maybe we didn’t get as many post touches from Nate or Adam (Wagaman).”
Catholic was led by Thomas Gonzales, who finished with a game-high 16 points.
The Warriors returned to action on Tuesday night hosting Twin Valley in a non-league game.
Last Tuesday, Dec. 23, La’Detrius Sibley finished with 17 points to lead five McCaskey players in double figures, as the Red Tornado dealt the Warriors their first league loss of the season, winning 76-58 in Lancaster.
Damian Soto paced the Warwick boys with 11 points, while Kyle Weaver and James Willis chipped in with 10 points apiece for Warwick (4-1 L-L, 6-3 overall).
“They do have a lot of athleticism,” Warwick coach Jeff Landis said. “They’re not quite as deep as some McCaskey teams probably, but they’re good. I mean, I thought their defensive pressure was the difference. They turned us over a ton.”
Although Warwick trailed by only three points at the end of the first quarter, 22-19, the track meet-like pace was not to the Warriors’ liking.
Tyler Owens added 14 points, Randolph Speller had 13, while Kyaire Bynum and Kobe Gantz added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Red Tornado, who extended their lead to 37-28 at the break.
“Even though the score was fairly close after one, I think if you look at it, the game was being played at (McCaskey’s) pace,” Landis said. “We shot the ball very well the first quarter to keep us in it, but we were playing more their game than the game we have to play if we want to be successful against them. I think they deserve some credit in terms of speeding us up.”
With McCaskey hounding point guard Soto, Willis helped out with bringing the ball up the floor.
“I thought James did a real good job of handling their pressure,” Landis said. “It was a new position for him and sometimes we shot the ball a little too quickly because we were in different positions. We we’ll work on it and we’ll get better at it.”
Nate Miller, who is Warwick’s leading scorer at 15.2 ppg, was held to a season-low nine points, including two treys.
“So far this season, every game we’ve played, (Nate)’s been as good a athlete as anyone on the floor,” Landis said. “He had his hands on a bunch of rebounds on Tuesday night that he’s been coming up with and he just didn’t get them. McCaskey just out-jumped him a little bit or out-physicaled him a little bit. Next time we run into that, Nate just has to focus on the fundamentals and box out and move people out as opposed to just jumping with them. Nate’s very coachable, so he’ll do that.”
In the second half, the Red Tornado outscored the Warriors 39-30 to put their win in the books.

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