EVANSVILLE — Saturday night’s game between Wood Memorial and Evansville Day was a rematch of last season’s Class 1A sectional championship game. That game, which was played in Oakland City, was not decided until a last-second shot by the Trojans came up short.
Both teams have a different look this season, but it was a freshman from Evansville Day who proved to be the biggest difference Saturday night.
Tyler Myers put on a show with a game-high 33 points as Day ended a seven-game losing streak with a 68-52 wi.
The loss was the sixth straight for the Trojans (1-9).
While Myers seemed to score at will (15-for-21 shooting from the field), the Trojans did not do themselves any favors by turning the ball over.
Wood Memorial turned the ball over 21 times in the game in which the Eagles cashed into 26-plus points.
“That’s just too much,” Trojans’ coach Dustin George said of the turnovers. “You look at what they scored off of those turnovers and that is more than the difference in the score of the game. And what is more frustrating is the fact we have not played in three weeks and we spent the majority of that time working on being more strong with the ball and tonight we go right back to dribbling into traps, get the ball ripped away from us and simply just threw the ball away.”
Coltin Page scored on a rebound bucket to give the Trojans a 7-6 lead just under halfway through the first period. Then the turnovers started to pile up as Day School finished the period on a 14-4 run and never looked back.
The Trojans turned the ball over 17 times in the first half while the Eagles turning those into 21 points as they carried a 33-19 edge at the half.
Myers scored 23 of the Eagles’ first-half points.
“We also spent the last couple weeks working on our defensive position, but that didn’t show tonight either,” George said. “He (Myers) really hurt us and a lot of those points came on layups...I don’t think they had to settle for many jump shots at all tonight.”
Myers all but put the game away with a pair of 3-pointers to start the second-half scoring.
But the Trojans would not go away quietly.
A corner three-pointer by Page and a bucket by Justin Strickland pulled the visitors to within 44-37 with 2:31 left in the third. Page would later add an offensive putback to trim the deficit to six points, but the Trojans could draw no closer.
“We have been able to do that all season,” George of the fighting back. “But as positive as it may be that we do not quit, it’s also equally frustrating because it’s like where is that effort the rest of the game. It seems like we wait until we fall behind big before we show some fight.”
Griffin Parke led the way for the Trojans with 14 points, while Page (13) and Owen Day (10) combined for 23 points.
“We had some guys who played well is spurts for us, but for the most part we just did not have enough players who remembered we had a game tonight,” the Trojans coach said. “But I give Day School credit, they came out and punched us in the mouth pretty good tonight.”
Brock Wilsey added 18 points for the Eagles.
Wood Memorial (1-9) plays host to Washington Catholic in a Blue Chip Conference game Friday night.
EAGLES 68, TROJANS 52
Wood Memorial 11 8 24 9 — 52
Evansville Day 20 13 20 15 — 68
WOOD MEMORIAL (1-9) — Grant Hale 0-0 0-0 0, Coltin Page 6-10 0-0 13, Griffin Parke 5-9 2-4 14, Logan Keeker 2-3 0-0 5, Kayne McCandless 1-4 2-2 4, Christian Hillyard 0-1 0-0 0, Justin Strickland 2-5 0-0 4, Owen Day 4-7 2-4 10, Graham Collins 1-2 0-1 2, Alton Falls 0-0 0-0. Totals 21-45 6-11 52.
EVANSVILLE DAY (4-8) — Brock Wilsey 5-8 8-11 18, Brant Wilsey 3-8 0-2 7, Tyler Myers 15-21 0-2 33, Grant Bivins 1-3 1-3 4, Hamza Kimawi 1-1 0-0 2, Aidan Kunst 3-7 0-0 6, Brandon Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Drew Phillips 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-48 9-18 68.
3-point shooting — Wood Memorial 4-10 (Parke 2, Page, Keeker); Day 5-11 (Myers 3, Bra. Wilsey, Bivens). Rebounds — Wood Memorial 24 (Page 7); Day 23 (Bro. Wilsey). Turnovers — Wood Memorial 21; Day 13. Fouls — Wood Memorial 14; Day 10.