HAVILAND — A season ago, it was Wayne Trace’s Trevor Sinn who took down Antwerp with a three-pointer at the buzzer to lead the Raiders to victory at home to the Archers.
On Friday night, it was his cousin Cameron Sinn who hit three huge three-pointers in the fourth quarter to propel the Raiders to a 54-50 win over the Archers in a battle of Paulding County state-ranked teams in action of the Green Meadows conference.
With the Archers holding a 44-42 advantage, Sinn’s first three-pointer put Wayne Trace ahead 45-44 with 4:16 to go on the clock. On the play, Antwerp’s Luke Krouse was called for a foul to give the Raiders another possession and Sinn made it count, hitting another trey to extend the lead to 48-44 at 3:23.
After a field goal from Jagger Landers pulled Antwerp 48-46, Sinn hit another three that put Wayne Trace up 51-46.
A bucket from Kaden Recker cut Archer’s deficit to 51-48 before Trevor Sinn connected on a pair of foul shots for a 53-48 Raider advantage with 46.4 seconds left.
Landers scored with 36 seconds on the clock to put Antwerp 53-50 up and the visitors had a chance to cut the deficit further.
After a missed free throw from Wayne Trace, the Archers had the opportunity to cut the deficit to one with a field goal, but opted to go for the tie. However, the Raiders’ Kyle Stoller grabbed the rebound from a three-pointer from Brewer and was fouled immediately.
After missing the first free throw, Stoller sealed the victory for Raider by hitting the second free throw with 4.8 seconds left to set the final margin at 54-50.
“It was a great ballgame and it was a shame either team had to lose,” Raiders head coach Jim Linder said. “Our kids made just enough games and we found a way to win. It was a great game between two county rivals.
Both teams battled it out throughout the first quarter with host Wayne Trace holding a 17-16 lead at the end of eight minutes of action.
In the second stanza, the Raiders used a pair of Brooks Laukhuf baskets with a Cameron Sinn bucket to take a 24-18 advantage. Consecutive buckets from Brewer and Landers cut the deficit to 24-22 before Wayne Trace got three consecutive baskets from Stoller to push the margin to 30-22.
A three-pointer from the Archers’ Carson Altimus cut the deficit to 30-25, but the Raiders responded, pushing the lead to 34-25 after a field goal from Stoller and two free throws from Trevor Sinn.
Antwerp, however, got a field goal from Landers and two free throws from Krouse to close the gap to 34-29 at intermission.
“I was a bit worried there because Antwerp gained momentum just before half-time,” Linder continued. “They did defensive things there that bottled us up a bit, but our kids kept fighting. I’m really proud of how this basketball team kept fighting.
The Archers carried that momentum into the third quarter, beating Wayne Trace 13-6 to take a 42-40 lead early in the final stanza.
Gaige McMichael opened the fourth quarter with a field goal for the Archers to put the blues and whites ahead 44-40 before the Raiders rallied on Sinn’s three-point shots.
“Antwerp are so good and they can hurt you in so many ways,” the Raider mentor continued. “It’s a very good basketball team and they have the potential to go far in the tournament.”
Cameron Sinn led the way for Wayne Trace with 18 points and Stoller recorded a double-double, posting 16 points and a dozen rebounds. Trevor Sinn also hit double numbers with ten in scoring for the 11th-ranked Division III Raiders, which improve to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the Green Meadows Conference.
Brooks Laukhuf and Tyler Davis wrapped up the Raider’s score with eight and two points respectively.
Landers paced Antwerp with 17 points and 13 boards while Carson Altimus scored 11 points and Landon Brewer registered ten scorers. The Archers, who entered the game ranked second in Division IV, drop to 10-1 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Krouse (seven), McMichael (two), Recker (two) and Parker Moore (one) completed the scoring for Antwerp. Brewer also grabbed five rebounds with Recker, Moore and Krouse recording all four.
The Archers have shot 21 of 53 from the field (39%), including 4 of 27 from beyond the three-point arc (15%). Meanwhile, Wayne Trace made 19 of 39 total shots (49%) and made 6 of 19 three-point shots (32%). At the charity strip, the Raiders were 10 of 17 (59%) with the Archers making four of seven (57%).
Antwerp topped the boards 36-21 but the Raiders had fewer turnovers, 11-13.
Wayne Trace’s junior team improved to 5-7 overall and 2-1 in the Green Meadows conference with a 39-31 win over the Archers.
Cale Winans scored 15 points to lead the way for the Raiders while grabbing four rebounds. Hudson Myers had 11 scorers and Tyson Gerber had seven points. Brady Miller (four) and Kyle Forrer (two) completed the scoring for Wayne Trace.
Kendric Robinson and Reid Lichty both scored 11 points to beat the Archers and Cohen Hitzeman finished with five. Ben Savina (two), Aiden Lichty (one) and Camden Fuller (one) also scored for the blues and whites.