Shutdown Defense Leads the way for Warriors on Opening Night

It looks like the sacrifices made by Coach Shaffer going young last season have paid off after a convincing 62-39 victory over Ferndale High School.

After working through some opening-minute jitters, the Warriors raced out to an 18-11 lead in the first quarter with some tough inside scoring from junior, Michael Laurencelle.

Throughout the second quarter, Ferndale was able to keep the game close by disguising defenses and applying pressure to force 10 Brother Rice turnovers.

Despite the turnovers and 34% shooting in the first half, the Warriors led 30-22 at halftime.

The third quarter proved to be the difference-maker in the game as the Warriors outscored Ferndale 15-5, and held them scoreless for most of the period. “The difference was our defensive effort in the second half. We came out of the locker room at halftime with focus and energy, and everything got easier after that,” said Head Coach, Ed Shaffer.

Additionally, juniors, Billy Nelson and Cal Ruprich, provided a big spark on the glass by getting several second chance opportunities for the Warriors. The Warriors outrebounded Ferndale 45-30 for the game.

The Warriors were led by senior, Nik Massey with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and junior, Cal Ruprich, with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

The Warriors take on Divine Child at home this Friday, December 6th, at Brother Rice High School. Tip-off is at 7:30pm.

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