CINCINNATI, Ohio — In a lot of cases technical fouls never really matter in the outcome of a game. But unfortunately for Winton Woods Tuesday night this was not the case. The two Warriors technical fouls Tuesday night loomed large in their 50-49 home loss to West Clermont, a loss which saw a furious 4th quarter comeback by the Wolves of West Clermont after you guessed it, a technical foul.
Wolves jumped out to a 6-0 lead early, with the first two points coming free-throws after a technical was called on Winton Woods during warm-ups. As the first half went on Warriors 2020 W Aaron Ward started to go to work. West Clermont did not have an answer for Ward off the bounce, as he continued to attack the rim finishing over and around Clermont defenders. His 10 first half points helped Coach Andre Tate squad turn an early six point deficit into a 22-21 lead going into half-time.
Going into the 4th quarter with a seven point lead it seemed the Warriors athleticism and team defense, particularly on Miami U. commit Jackson Ames would prove too much for West Clermont. But midway through the frame Ward was called for a technical and was removed from the game, and that is when the ride turned. With Winton Woods losing their primary ball-handler, Coach Mazzaro of West Clermont extended their defense in the half-court which bothered the smaller Warrior back-court. The senior duo of Ames and G DJ Vianello were fantastic in crunch time, each scoring crucial buckets and making veteran decisions to keep the Wolves close. In fact it was Vianello who made the pass to 2021 G AJ Gillespie who knocked down the winning three with four seconds remaining on the clock on a corner three. Ames and Vianello combined for 22 points in the 2nd half alone, with DJ leading the Wolves with a game high 19 points while Ames stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assist and 2 blocks. Aaron Ward finished with 18 points and 4 rebounds to lead Winton Woods while junior guard Tony Burrell finished with 10 in the loss.