The Bible tells a story of David slaying Goliath. In Warsaw's varsity boys basketball game with Fort Wayne Canterbury Friday evening, the underdog didn't fare so well.

Class 4A Warsaw, which boasts an enrollment of 2,000-plus students in grades 9-12, held the Cavaliers to six points in the first quarter, built a 30-point lead midway through second quarter and cruised to an 86-50 win.
The Tigers never trailed in the game, and there was one tie - when the Cavaliers scored their first bucket and knotted things at 2-2.

Canterbury, a private school of just over 900 students in grades pre-school through grade 12, fell to 3-4 on the season, while the Tigers improved 6-2 with their fourth straight win.

"We shot really well to start the game," said Warsaw coach Doug Ogle. "We only had two practices this week because of the weather. We knew Canterbury was a young team, but they have quickness. I had no idea how we'd play, but I'm very happy with how we played."

The Tigers finished the game 32 of 53 (60 percent) from the field, 5 of 8 from three-point range, and outrebounded Canterbury 48-21.

With Warsaw once again showing off its shooting touch in the Tiger Den, the majority of the Tigers' rebounds came on the defensive end, as Canterbury converted just 17 of 56 (30 percent) field goals.

While Warsaw was 5 of 8 from three-point range, the Cavaliers finished 5 of 20 beyond the arc.

To get his players in the right frame of mind, one that wouldn't allow them to overlook the small-school Cavaliers, Ogle said he talked about Wofford's recent victory over the Purdue Boilermakers. He said talked about the Miracle on Ice, the classic 1980 Olympics hockey game in which the USA upset Russia.

Whatever Ogle said, it worked.

"We talked about Wofford, we talked about The Miracle of 1980," said Ogle. "I told them you have to respect every opponent. I thought tonight would be a good test of our maturity. I wanted to see if we'd come out focused or if we were gonna be slackers. I'm glad that we came out and played hard."

After Canterbury tied the game at 2-2, the Tigers finished the first quarter with a 20-4 run.

Warsaw then opened the second stanza with a 19-5 run that pushed its advantage to 30 at 41-11.

Plain and simple, the Tigers made it look easy and left little doubt as to which team was going to win.

"I thought we moved the ball really well and we made a lot of good passes," said Ogle. "I'm proud of the way we rebounded tonight. We're becoming a better rebounding team."

What the Tigers are becoming is a better basketball team.

A team with no seniors and little varsity experience from last season, Warsaw's underclassmen have proven they can shoot, they're going to hustle and they're going to play with passion.

Thirteen players saw varsity action for Warsaw Friday night, nine of them scored.

Freshman Nic Moore led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds, finishing an impressive 9 of 13 from the field.

Junior Ryne Robinson was 7 of 9 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line, scoring 21 points to go with his seven rebounds.

"Nic Moore played very well again tonight," said Ogle. "Ryne Robinson continues to shoot well. Justin Clemens' confidence is really up right now. He had another good game tonight."

Clemens, a sophomore coming off a career-high 19-point effort against Elkhart Central last Saturday, chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds

Sophomore Zack Linky came off the bench to score seven points, while junior Luke Holladay scored six points and junior Taylor Long and sophomore Andy Conrad contributed five points each.

The 86 points was the most the Tigers have scored in the 117 games Ogle has been the head coach. It was the most points Warsaw has scored since the Al Rhodes-coached Tigers beat Gary Wallace 87-51 on Dec. 7, 2002.

For Canterbury, senior Zack Tomlinson scored a game-high 24 points, while freshman Nick Lewis added nine points and freshman Jason Williams finished with six points.

Warsaw and Canterbury have now played three times, with the Tigers winning by margins of 26, 40 and 36.

The Tigers are in action again tonight when they host Huntington North, which fell to 1-5 on the season Friday night with a 69-63 loss to Homestead.

"Huntington North is 1-5, but they've been losing to good teams," said Ogle. "We're looking forward to playing them and finishing 2007 in a good way."



C 6 12 20 12 - 50

W 22 21 21 22 - 86

Canterbury - Tomlinson 10 1-2 24, Cooper 1 0-0 3, Ottenweller 1 1-2 3, Lewis 1 7-11 9, Williams 2 1-3 6, Wertenberger 0 0-0 0, Wiersema 2 1-1 5, Yurkanin 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 11-19 50.

Warsaw - Conrad 1 3-4 5, Clemens 6 2-2 14, Moore 9 3-5 22, Linky 3 0-0 7, Robinson 7 5-6 21, Holladay 2 2-3 6, Tucker 2 0-2 4, Long 1 2-2 5, Owens 1 0-0 2, Byerly 1 0-0 2, Anglin 0 0-0 0, Nulf 0 0-2 0. Totals 32 17-26 86.

3-point goals - Canterbury 5 (Tomlinson 3, Cooper 1, Williams 1), Warsaw 5 (Robinson 2, Moore 1, Linky 1, Long 1). Rebounds - Canterbury 21 (Cooper 5), Warsaw 48 (Moore 7, Robinson 7). Turnovers - Canterbury 9, Warsaw 13. Fouls (fouled out) - Canterbury 22 (none), Warsaw 18 (none). Varsity records - Canterbury 3-4, Warsaw 6-2.

JV - Warsaw 56, Canterbury 23

Warsaw - Tom Daniels 10, Nick Simpson 8, Eric Hoover 7, Zack Linky 6, Josh Anglin 6, Roberto Martinez 5, Josh Cooper 4, Kyle Tucker 4, Zach Owens 4, Alex Nulf 2