It was another gritty game between two NLL rivals. Anthony Wayne beat Maumee 68-45. Maumee played with heart and passion. The Panthers just getting back from a two-week layoff that saw them play 4 games and had 3 practices in the past 7 days, played very inspirational basketball, and showed signs of consistency and hard-nosed basketball. Of course, when you go up against this year’s NLL co-champions in AW, still getting your so-called sea-legs back will show against a team like them.
Coach Osier Corner
“Anthony Wayne is Co-NLL Champions for a reason. They are well-coached and have gifted players that have been in the system since grade school. They are fun to watch. However, our guys, being only in a system for 2 years, showed a lot of heart and grit tonight. They really started to trust the schemes and played hard. Our “Achilles Heal” all year has been what I call “Dog Shots”. Dog shots are shots within 5 feet of the basket. FInishing in this area takes a lot of work in the offseason. Right now we are not strong enough. We are not physical enough. Fortunately, we are extremely young and we have time to get stronger. But they have to want it. Playing in the NLL is not easy, and requires tough-minded players who are physically tough too. Our two senior starters, Reed Geiger and Michael Pacer are an example of Physically tough. They lifted weights for 4 straight years.”
“I love my team. I love my coaches. Tonight’s game, although hard when you lose, builds toughness. We turn right around and play Anthony Wayne on Tuesday for the third time this year. That is a rarity. Anthony Wayne is the is number one seed and we are the lowest seed in the NLL tournament this year. We got nothing to lose. We gotta continue to work hard in practice. Hopefully, we’ll continue to make strides and adjustments in the next two days to see more improvement as we have 4 more games in the next 7 days.”
The Panthers had a more balanced scoring attack in this game. Leading the way in scoring was Michael Pacer with 11 points and 7 rebounds, Jaden Walker with 10 points and 8 rebounds, Cole Graetz with 10 points and 4 rebounds, and RJ McCoy Jr. with 9 points.
Here are the highlights
There was no JV or Freshman game.