Blue Devils silenced by Pierce in subdistrict
The Wayne High boys basketball team saw its postseason hopes dashed in the opening round of the C1-5 subdistrict Tuesday at Norfolk High School, as a suffocating Pierce defense silenced the Blue Devils in a 40-29 decision.
Both teams struggled against tough defenses for much of the night, leading to a low-scoring contest that saw Pierce avenge a 19-point loss to the Blue Devils just four days earlier.
Wayne’s only lead of the game came midway through the first quarter when Ryan Jaixen scored the first points of the game. Pierce scored twice in the final few minutes to hold a 4-2 lead after one quarter.
The two teams picked things up a little in the second period. Wayne tied the game twice on shots by Jack Evetovich and Shea Sweetland to start the quarter, but Pierce took control of the game and built an eight-point lead at the half.
Wayne got the lead back down to four after another low-scoring third quarter and were within three early in the fourth after Evetovich made one of two free throws to make it 22-19.
Pierce scored the next five points to lead by eight before Evetovich and Mason Lee scored baskets on consecutive plays to make it 27-23. Pierce would build the lead back up to as many as 12 points and Wayne got no closer than seven after that as the Blue Devils ended the season with a 14-11 record.
Evetovich led the way with nine points, Jaixen added eight, Lee had seven and Sweetland scored five.