Thursday, November 28, 2013
The Wando Warriors opened their season Wednesday with an 81-49 rout of the Garrett Tech Falcons in the first round of the Military Magnet Thanksgiving Classic.
Wando (1-0) shot the lights out in the first quarter led by a red-hot Taylor Majewski who dropped in 13 points in a 22-4 run through the first six minutes.
After a 15-minute power outage, Jamez Rogers reignited Wando with a nine-point second quarter to help open a 44-26 lead heading into halftime.
Majewski finished the night with a game-high 20 points, while Rogers added 16. Matt Pegram added 12 points and Andrew Glover turned in 10. Twelve Warriors scored in the game as head coach David Eaton was able to shuffle through his lineup with a large lead most of the night.
“We’ve got some skilled players and they showed it tonight,” Eaton said. “They were hot. But the first game you’re always so jacked up with adrenaline so we just tried to focus on starting by doing the right things. We wanted to play hard, play defense and we knew the shooting would happen.”
Wando put the game away with a 22-0 run through the first seven and a half minutes of the third quarter to build a 40-point lead. The Warriors turned up the defensive pressure to frustrate the Falcons offense and convert turnovers into points. Rogers and Majewski paced the Warriors through the run, both scoring five points. Darius Wade came off the bench to score seven in the third quarter and Raekwon McFadden turned in three. Wando received 22 points from the bench Wednesday.
“I always say, there’s no such thing as mop-up time at Wando,” Eaton said. “We have a lot of good players and all of those guys work hard every day so you love to see some of them get rewarded for their hard work tonight.”
Vincent Cole led Garret with 20 points, scoring nine late in the fourth quarter. No other Falcon scored more than nine.
Wando advances in the winners bracket to face Greenville Tech 6 p.m. Friday. Greenville Tech trounced Lincoln in Wednesday’s opening round.
“We’re going to keep working on getting better,” Eaton said. “I think we showed we have a lot of talent and if we can build defensively, we’re going to be a tough team.”