FAIRLAND — Simple addition and subtraction equaled a nine-point victory for Wyandotte’s boys here Friday night.
The Bears used solid defense to limit Fairland’s J.C. Morrow to only six points — well below his season average of 14.5 points per game.
At the same time, Wyandotte got a career-high 19 points from D.J. Burleson — who normally averages about 6.5 points per game — during a 66-57 victory.
“You have to take away something, and for them, it’s try to take away the post players,” Wyandotte coach Paul Duncan said. “(Jesse) Drosche still got his (scoring 17 points). We wanted to try to stay in there and make them hit outside shots. Bryant (Jacob Bryant) hit a couple and 11 (Brayden Lierle) hit a couple, but other than that, that’s what we had to do.
“It worked for us tonight.”
The win was the fourth straight for the Bears, who improved to 6-4 overall and 5-0 in Lucky 7 Conference play.
“They did a great job,” Fairland coach Justin Goins said. “We played hard in spurts, but we didn’t play hard like we should have. I am not taking anything away from Wyandotte … they played great. Their game plan was awesome.
“I don’t know who had the most points for them, but No. 20 (Burleson) hit some big shots.”
Wyandotte, up by only two heading into the second period, led by as many as 15 points early in the fourth quarter.
The Owls got back to within seven with 22.3 seconds left on a 3-point goal by Bryant, but two free throws from Zach Butterfield sealed the deal for WHS.
“We couldn’t practice over the holidays very much so we opened the gym,” Duncan said. “It wasn’t anything mandatory, but he (Burleson) had a couple days where he really shot the ball well. It got his confidence up. We don’t count on him to score. I am usually going to get it out of Butter (Butterfield) and Dakota (Sparks) and we can usually get 9 to 12 out of Durborow.
“Our bench came in and did a great job.”
Joining Burleson in double figures for the Bears were Sparks with 15 and Butterfield with 11. Durborow finished with nine points.
In addition to the 17 they got from Drosche, the Owls picked up 13 points from Bryant, 11 from Alexander and 10 from Lierle.
“We can’t let this one game get us down,” Goins said. “It’s our second loss (7-2 overall and 3-2 in the league). We’re going to work past it. We’ll get back to work on Monday and see what we can do.”
The win was the first at Fairland for Duncan, who is in his fifth season at WHS.
?This is a tough place to win at over here,” he said. “We’ve been to within five every time since I’ve been here. It was a good win for us.”
Wyandotte 16 18 18 14 — 66
Fairland 14 12 12 19 — 57
Wyandotte — Burleson 19, Sparks 15, Butterfield 11, Durborow 9, Pogue 5, Taylor 4, Lux 3.
Fairland — Drosche 17, Bryant 13, Alexander 11, Lierle 10, Morrow 6.
3-point goals – Wyandotte, Burleson 3, Sparks 2; Fairland, Bryant 3, Lierle 3, Alexander 1.