WARSAW – It was a matter of one team being charged up to play – literally and figuratively – while another wasn’t.
Class 4A No. 6 Warsaw took recent SAC tournament champion Northrop out of its game early and cruised to a 72-45 home win Saturday.
The Tigers (9-1) forced the Bruins (8-2) into five offensive charging calls, and the foul trouble was too much for Northrop to overcome.
Our guys’ competitive spirit showed up tonight, Warsaw coach Doug Ogle said. We know that Northrop is a good, young team that has a dynamic, athletic profile. We knew they would come in here with a chance to make a name for themselves to beat a team that is good like we are. Our guys were ready to go, and they played well.
The Bruins’ prized Purdue recruit, Bryson Scott, was limited to only about half a game because of foul trouble. Scott picked up his third foul with 3:55 left in the first quarter and stayed out of the game until the third.
Scott finished with 10 points, all in the third quarter, before fouling out late in the fourth with Boilermaker coach Matt Painter in attendance. Of Scott’s five fouls, four were offensive charging calls.
In the games we saw, if we could rotate and get in front of them we set the bar at three charges, and we took five, said Ogle, whose own team has only two charges called against it all season.
Nic Moore, who is headed to Illinois State, had 30 points for the Tigers.
Moore also took three of the five charge calls against Northrop, with Jalen Roscoe taking the other two.
Jason Jordan also fouled out, while Brenton Scott finished with four fouls for Northrop.
It is one of those things where you are coming into a program that knows how to play basketball, Northrop coach Barak Coolman said. We didn’t adjust to their taking charges, and it was something we worked all week on with our guard play. We are a young team, and hopefully this is a chance for us to grow up.
In twin brother Bryson’s absence, Brenton Scott tried to pick up the slack and finished with 18 points.
It was quite a turnaround for the Bruins, whose last game was a 78-74 win over Bishop Luers on Dec. 30 for the SAC tournament championship.
I don’t think it was a letdown, Coolman said. I think it is more of a learning process of handling success a little bit, but also you have to go play a good team. The last game doesn’t matter, and we tried to do everything we did last game, but we didn’t understand how different game-to-game is.
Warsaw led 33-23 at halftime and outscored Northrop 39-22 in the second half.
Two runs in the first half had the Tigers in control.
Warsaw went on an 11-0 run after Northrop took an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter, and then added a 12-0 run in the second to erase another Northrop lead and go up 31-21.