Does anybody have an answer for Josh Warren?
As of Thursday night, the answer to that question still seems to be “no,” as the Woodhaven guard put up 30 points, six assists, and seven rebounds en route to a comeback win from 12 points down over Wyandotte Roosevelt, 60-55.
“It was overall a team effort. Josh does what Josh has to do, but the team did a great job of making sure he got the ball and the picks were tight” Woodhaven assistant Wes Warren said. “Offensively, he was creating shots for himself and his teammates, but toward the fourth quarter, he pretty much took over the game.”
The largest deficit for Woodhaven (13-4, 9-2 Downriver) was midway through the third quarter, when Josh Warren nabbed three steals and scored nine to bring his team within two to start the fourth.
The junior scored 11 in the final quarter, but it was Brian Wilkinson, who scored nine, who got the party started for Woodhaven.
“(Wilkinson) hit a few 3s and some free throws,” Wes Warren said. “His 3 was what started that momentum in the fourth.”
Multiple lead changes put Wyandotte (7-8, 6-5 Downriver) on top by two with a minute left. Josh Warren tied the score seconds before Wyandotte came back the other way to take its lead right back.
After two trips to the line in as many possessions, Woodhaven claimed a 3-point lead with the clock winding down. Bryce Armstrong missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left on the other end, and Josh Warren was sent to the line again, where he sealed the 5-point win.
Wyandotte jumped out to its lead with a shooting performance that Woodhaven simply couldn’t replicate until Josh Warren found his groove.
Keyshawn Devlin scored 15 and Armstrong added 13 for Wyandotte.
“We really missed a lot of makeable shots,” Wes Warren said. “We felt like we were getting some contact, but we just missed shots.”
No matter — Woodhaven was able to turn the game around on the defensive end.
“We turned up the pressure, and became more effective in our trapping and anticipating,” Wes Warren said. “They rushed some shots, and we were able to grab some rebounds.”
The comeback win was an example of how dangerous Woodhaven can be when playing as a team, something the coaching staff has stressed in practice over recent weeks.
“We really are focusing on our attitude and team chemistry,” he said. “It takes a team to win the game, and the guys are doing a really good of embracing their role.”
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Nolan Bianchi is a freelance writer.