By Kevin Wannemacher
DHI Correspondent

HAVILAND – Wayne Trace scored 18 of the first 20 points of the game and never looked back as the Raiders rolled to a 71-43 win over visiting Continental in non-league boys basketball action Wednesday night at the ‘Palace.’


The Raiders moved to 10-1 on the year with the victory, posting a 23-10 advantage after one quarter and cruising from there.


Consecutive treys from Corbin Linder and Colby Speice ignited the Raider offense, which put together a 12-0 run to widen a 6-2 lead into an 18-2 advantage. Linder added a second three-pointer in the period to start the dozen point run, with Devin Wenzlick scoring five points and Ethan Linder chipped in the other four.


It all led to a Raider victory that saw all 13 players that entered the contest also find the scoring column.


“We got off to a good start and it just snowballed from there,” stated Raider head coach Jim Linder. “We were able to extend the lead and then we kept it there. We got contributions from everybody that played tonight.”


Continental did trim the deficit to 23-10 at the end of one quarter on a Tyler Rue basket but the Pirates would never get any closer.


Wayne Trace opened the second quarter with a 13-6 run, topped by a pair of Corbin Linder treys, to take control and post a 38-19 halftime advantage.


“We were able to get a lot of kids playing time tonight and everybody contributed,” stated the Raider head coach.


Continental’s Wade Stauffer hit a three-pointer to open the second half scoring but the Pirates would never get any closer.


Wayne Trace responded with a three-point play by Speice before an Ethan Linder basket made it 43-22. The Pirates were within 48-30 after an Austin Mansfield basket before consecutive buckets by Wayne Trace’s Gabe Wobler, Luke Miller, T.J. Blackmore and Cole Shepherd made it 56-30 at the end of three periods.


“Our younger players were able to come in and they played pretty well for the most part,” noted the Wayne Trace mentor. “It was a good night to get them some experience.”


Miller, Nick Glass, Ethan Linder, Shepherd, Alec Vest and Justin Speice all found the scoring column in the final period as the Raiders cruised to the 71-43 victory.


On the night, Wayne Trace finished 26 of 41 from the field (63 percent), including seven of ten from beyond the arc. The Raiders also won the battle of the boards 30-18 but did commit more turnovers 23-20. Continental was 14 of 38 from the field (37 percent).


Corbin Linder led all scorers with 15 points with Ethan Linder and Colby Speice chipping in eight markers each. Devin Wenzlick and Cole Shepherd also posted seven points apiece for Wayne Trace. Wenzlick had eight rebounds to lead the Raiders while Shepherd and Justin Speice got four each. Colby Speice dished out for assists for the Raiders and Blackmore picked up three steals.


“It was good to see Corbin hit some shots early,” continued the Raider head coach. “Hopefully, that gives him a little bit of a confidence boost. Devin rebounded well again and was able to come up with some early baskets for us. T.J. had one of his better games of the year I thought tonight.  Overall, we did a lot of positive things tonight.”


Wade Stauffer paced Continental with 11 points and Tyler Rue chipped in ten. Zach Schwarzman and Rue both recorded three steals while Gabe Williams topped the Pirates with four rebounds.


Continental falls to 4-10 on the season.


Wayne Trace’s reserve squad also moved to 10-1 on the season with a 47-25 win over the Pirates.


Justin Speice bucketed 13 markers and Luke Miller chipped in nine to lead the Raiders. Darius Hale, Gabe Wobler and Alec Vest added five points each. Quinton Harper grabbed six rebounds to top the red, white and blue efforts on the boards.


Trevor Williamson, Ryan Troyer and Ty Warnement scored five points apiece for Continental, which falls to 2-12.


The Raiders return to the hardwood tomorrow night with a key Green Meadows Conference road game as Wayne Trace visits Tinora. The Raiders (2-0 GMC) and Rams (11-3 overall, 3-0 GMC) are the two remaining unbeaten squads in league play.


Continental hosts Waynesfield Goshen (2-10) in non-league play tomorrow night.