Sports Writer

HAVILAND - Wayne Trace opened up the Green Meadows Conference portion of its schedule on Thursday night as the Raiders knocked off Tinora 40-33 in boys basketball play at the Palace.

Nate Gerber scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Raiders while Reid Miller added 10 markers, three rebounds and two assists.

The two teams were tied at 7-7 at the end of eight minutes of action before Wayne Trace took an 18-12 lead at the midway point of the contest.

Wayne Trace then took a 25-22 advantage into the final quarter.

Alex Reinhart added six points and four rebounds for the red-white-and-blue with Jace Vining posting four points and four rebounds. Trae Sinn and Mox Price both ended the contest with three points and two boards.

Josiah Linder chipped in one point, three rebounds and two assists in the contest.

Tinora was led by Evan Willitzer with a dozen points, eight rebounds and two steals.

Landon Rinkel added seven points and five rebounds while Isaiah Colon finished the night with five points and four rebounds.

The Rams also received three points, two assists and four steals from Tye Norden and Marcus Grube scored three points. Brady Bumb had three markers, two assists and two rebounds for Tinora.

“It’s always good to open league play with a win,” noted Raider head coach Jim Linder. “Tinora is a very disciplined, well-coached basketball team and they always present a challenge. Paul (Tinora head coach Paul Wayne) does a great job with them so this is a good victory for us.”

Wayne Trace’s junior varsity also opened up league play with a 33-30 win over the Rams.

Grayson McClure paced the red-white-and-blue with a dozen markers while Trevor Sinn added 11 points and three steals.

Trevor Speice and Cale Crosby both had four points for the Raiders, with Crosby also recording three rebounds. Nathan Crosby finished with two points and three boards.

Lance Rinkel had seven points and two steals while Dallas Andrist and Jacob Bailey both posted six markers.

Other scorers for Tinora were Max Grube (three), Evan Flory (two), Jacob Cramer (two), Jack Ordway (two), Nolan Schafer (one) and Eric Bohn (one).