Sports Writer

HAVILAND - Jace Vining hit a trio of three-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 20 points on the night to lead the Wayne Trace Raiders to a 67-52 win over visiting Arlington in non-league boys basketball action Saturday at the Palace.

Vining’s trio of triples helped the Raiders jump out to a 24-15 lead after one quarter, a lead that Wayne Trace would not relinquish in improving to 7-3 on the season.

The senior guard finished the night with a quartet of treys in scoring the game high 20 points while also adding five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

“He has been shooting the ball well for us and is a big part of our team,” noted Raider head coach Jim Linder.

With the Red Devils in front 6-5 early on, baskets by Wayne Trace’s Cameron Sinn and Nathan Gerber give the Raiders a 9-6 advantage.

Sinn then followed with an old fashioned three-point play that extended the margin to 12-6.

After Arlington trimmed the deficit to 14-12 on a Ty Webb three-pointer, a Vining trey and an Alex Reinhart two-pointer pushed the Raider margin to 19-12. Webb finished the game with nine points, all on three-pointers in the first quarter.

Another Vining three-pointer along with a Reid Miller basket helped the red, white and blue post the nine-point advantage after eight minutes of action.

“We were able to get off to a good start and we built on that,” added the Raider mentor. “Lots of guys contributed tonight and that is always a positive for us.”

Wayne Trace extended the lead in the second quarter.

With the Raider advantage at 27-19, Vining ignited a stretch of seven consecutive Wayne Trace points that expanded the lead to 34-19. Vining had a three-pointer and a basket in the spurt with Miller picking up the remaining bucket.

The Red Devils trimmed the deficit to 34-23 following a pair of Caden Lafferty foul shots but the Raiders controlled the rest of the first half.

Baskets by Reinhart and Gerber, one of two free throws from Cale Crosby and a trey by Cameron Sinn gave Wayne Trace a 42-23 halftime advantage.

“I thought our bench gave us quality minutes tonight,” continued the Raider head coach. “Their efforts were good and they made some big plays for us.”

Arlington would start to make things interesting in the third quarter.

Trailing 52-33, the Red Devils picked up three-pointers from Bryce Gast, Lafferty and Zavier Thornton to trim the deficit to 53-42 at the end of three quarters.

“They made a little run there late in the game but our kids stayed composed and were able to respond,” noted Linder.

Arlington actually cut into the Wayne Trace lead in the fourth quarter, pulling within 58-49 on a Gast three-pointer.

However, the Raiders put the game away after a Gerber basket and a pair of Miller free throws that quickly widened the margin to 62-49.

Gerber posted a double-double for Wayne Trace, recording 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Cameron Sinn chipped in 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Reid Miller also had another quality game, finishing with seven points, seven assists and a pair of steals. Alex Reinhart added five points and six boards.

Gast paced the way for the Red Devils with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists while Vermillion added a dozen markers, four assists and two steals. Webb chipped in nine points, three rebounds and two assists for Arlington, which falls to 8-3 on the season.

Trevor Sinn scored ten points and Grayson McClure added nine in the junior varsity game to lift the Raiders to a 38-36 win over the Red Devils.

Landyn Whitman had seven points while Cameron Graham and Garrett Williamson both chipped in five markers for Wayne Trace, which improves to 9-1 on the season. Joe Munger also had a basket for the red, white and blue.

Jack Bateson topped Arlington with 11 points while Jacob Price and Grant Riegle both scored six for the Red Devils. Jason Launder and Frankie Jones recorded five markers each and Jake Vermillion hit a three-pointer for Arlington, which falls to 5-5.

The Raiders return to action on Thursday in a huge Green Meadows Conference showdown as Antwerp visits the Palace. The Archers come into the contest with a record of 9-0 while the blue and white is 1-0 in league play.

Arlington will visit Liberty Benton on Friday in Blanchard Valley Conference play.


Arlington (52) - Jaret Vermillion 12, Trenton Comstock 2, Zavier Thornton 6, Jacob Price 0, Austin Frysinger 0, Bryce Gast 16, Caden Lafferty 5, Ty Webb 9, Jack Bateson 0, Tyson Speyer 2, Totals 15-46 12-15 52.

Wayne Trace (67) - Trevor Sinn 0, Cameron Sinn 14, Reid Miller 7, Trevor Speice 4, Nathan Gerber 16, Cale Crosby 1, Jace Vining 20, Cameron Graham 0, Alex Reinhart 5, Totals 23-46 15-24 67.

Rebounds - Arlington 23 (Speyer 7, Gast 4), Wayne Trace 36 (Gerber 13, Reinhart 6, Vining 5)

Turnovers - Arlington 13, Wayne Trace 12

Assists - Arlington 10 (Vermillion 4), Wayne Trace 13 (Miller 7, Vining 4)

Steals - Arlington 3 (Vermillion 2), Wayne Trace 9 (Vining 3)

Score by Quarters:

Arlington 15 8 19 10 =52

Wayne Trace 24 18 11 14 = 67


Arlington (36) - Jake Vermillion 3, Trenton Comstock 0, Jason Lauder 5, Jacob Price 6, Frankie Jones 5, Austin Frysinger 0, Grant Riegle 6, Jack Bateson 11, Totals 15-36 1-2 36.

Wayne Trace (38) - Tyler Davis 0, Garrett Williamson 5, Ethan Noggle 0, Trevor Sinn 10, Race Price 0, Grayson McClure 9, Cameron Graham 5, Landyn Whitman 7, Joe Munger 2, Totals 14-36 8-12 38.