Sports Writer

ARLINGTON - Wayne Trace’s boys basketball team went on the road Saturday night, making a 90-minute trip to Hancock County to take on a traditionally tough Arlington team

When the final buzzer went off, it was a pair of key plays from Reid Miller and Mox Price that lifted the Raiders to a come-from-behind 59-56 victory over the Red Devils.

Trailing 56-55, Miller’s driving layup put the Raiders on top 57-56 but the Red Devils called timeout with 3.6 seconds left to set up a potential winning shot.

However, Arlington seemed confused as the ball was inbounded and Price stole the inbounds pass before being fouled quickly by the Red Devils.

Price proceeded to hit both free throws and Arlington would get one final opportunity. The Red Devils got the ball to Ryan Metzger just across the mid court line but the desperation 3-pointer was off the mark as Wayne Trace held on for the win.

“Real proud of the guys tonight,” noted Raider head coach Jim Linder. “This is a tough place to come and play and we battled for 32 minutes. It was a back and forth game but the guys found a way and made enough plays to win.”

The Red Devils led 16-14 after one quarter before the second period saw both teams put scoring spurts together.

Trailing 18-16, Wayne Trace scored 14 consecutive points to grab a 30-18 lead with three minutes left in the half.

Nate Gerber led the Raiders in the second quarter with seven points while Josiah Linder added a 3-pointer. Miller and Alex Reinhart also had baskets for Wayne Trace in the stretch.

However, the half was far from over.

Arlington put together 10 straight points to close the gap to 30-28, with a 3-pointer by Jaret Vermillion finishing off the Red Devil spurt.

Wayne Trace, though, answered just before halftime with a basket by Trae Sinn and a 3-point field goal from Jace Vining at the buzzer to give the Raiders a 35-28 lead at the break.

“I thought we had guys hit some big shots at different points of the game,” Linder added. “Nate got hot there in the second quarter and then Jace hit a big 3-pointer just before halftime. Josiah stepped up and made a couple of shots for us and Trae did there in the fourth quarter. Alex Reinhart came in and gave us a big spark there off of the bench as well. It was just a night where everybody came in and contributed.”

The Red Devils opened the third quarter by scoring 11 of the first 13 points, getting an Ivan Berry basket in grabbing a 39-37 advantage midway through the period.

Following a 3-pointer by Arlington’s Ty Webb that put the Red Devils on top 44-41, Miller scored while being hit in the head at the third quarter buzzer to get Wayne Trace within 44-43 at the end of three periods.

Arlington took its biggest lead at 54-49 in the fourth quarter on a basket from Berry but the Raiders would respond.

A Trae Sinn 3-pointer pulled Wayne Trace within 54-52 before Josiah Linder hit one of two foul shots to get the Raiders within 54-53.

Two Jacob Russell foul shots pushed the Red Devil advantage to 56-53 before a Sinn basket got Wayne Trace within 56-55 and set up the Miller and Price heroics.

Miller paced Wayne Trace with 18 points, four rebounds and two steals while Trae Sinn picked up 10 markers, two assists and three steals. Reinhart finished the contest with eight points and eight boards.

Josiah Linder, Nate Gerber and Jace Vining all had seven points for Wayne Trace, which ups its record to 8-2.

Linder and Gerber also had four rebounds each and Vining dished out four assists. Mox Price had the other two Raider points.

Arlington put four players in double figures in the contest, led by Webb with 15 points and two rebounds. Russell added 13 points, three boards and six assists while Berry recorded a dozen points and nine rebounds. Metzger also reached double digits with 10 points and four rebounds.

In the junior varsity game, Cameron Sinn scored 11 points and hauled down four rebounds to lead Wayne Trace to a 42-38 victory over the Red Devils.

Trevor Sinn chipped in nine points and five boards while Grayson McClure added seven points and two rebounds.

Trevor Speice had six points and two boards for Wayne Trace with Cale Crosby posting four points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists. Nathan Crosby added three points and six rebounds and Carter Baksa picked up the remaining two Wayne Trace markers.

Joe Munger finished with a pair of rebounds as well for the Raiders, who improved to 8-2.