A quick start gave the Wells High School boys basketball team all the cushion it would need as the Warriors earned a 60-44 B South prelim victory over Lisbon on Thursday evening at Ronco Gymnasium. No. 8 Wells will now face No. 1 Mountain Valley (16-2) in a regional quarterfinal at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Portland Expo.
The Warriors (9-10) raced to a 15-0 over the ninth-seeded Greyhounds thanks to five 3-pointers in the first four minutes of play – Gavyn Leighton and Matt Sherburne each hit a pair of 3s and Matt Ouellette knocked down another.
“The five 3s loosened the whole team. That was one of our best starts all year,” said Wells coach Troy Brown.
Lisbon responded with eight straight points to get within 15-8 with just under three minutes to play in the first quarter before Wells suddenly pounded the ball inside to Tyler Bridge who scored five points in the paint and at the foul line to give the Warriors a 20-10 lead after one.
“We switched up the pressure – we went from man-to-man to a zone and that kind of threw them off a little bit,” said Brown describing how the Warriors slowed the Greyhounds’ rally.
A three-pointer by Lisbon’s DJ Douglass pulled the visitors within 28-21 midway through the second period but Wells closed out the half on a 16-5 run to extend its lead to 44-26 at the half.
Bridge had seven more points in that second quarter and 3s from Sherburne, Leighton and a buzzer-beater 3 from Covy Dufort fueled the late first half run by the Warriors.
The third and fourth quarters of play were nearly even with Lisbon gaining an 18-16 edge in points but the Greyhounds were unable to string together enough points to seriously challenge the Warriors. Wells had enough offensive weapons both inside and outside to slow any sliver of momentum the Greyhounds might have felt after the break.
Bridge led the Warriors with 17 points while Sherburne and Leighton each scored 11. Nate Chandler finished with 6 points and Ouellette and Matt Tufts both scored 5. Dufort chipped in with that 3 at the end of the half and Dylan Whitney scored 2.
Douglass led Lisbon with a game-high 22 points and his teammate Corey Wiers finished with 11.