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Southwestern tops Little Priest

Willshon Warren throws down a slam dunk Saturday during his 21-point performance against Little Priest Tribal College.
Willshon Warren throws down a slam dunk Saturday during his 21-point performance against Little Priest Tribal College.

The Southwestern men beat Little Priest Tribal College Saturday by a score of 96-83.

The Spartans were able to hold a comfortable 13-point lead at halftime despite Southwestern being inconsistent in scoring, according to Southwestern head coach Blake Peterson.

“We were able to get out and run the floor and we shared the ball really well,” said Peterson. “Our shots went in, but in the second Little Priest sort of slowed the game down for us a little bit.”

According to Peterson, Little Priest’s defense changed the tempo of the Spartans and made them cause turnovers, leading to sloppy play to close out the half.

“It made it more tough for us to go out and do what we do,” said Peterson.”We did a good job of staying the course and finishing the game out even though it was a little more difficult than we wanted to.”

The Spartans had five scorers enter double digits with Willshon Warren leading the team with 21 points.

“He’s been doing a really good job in practice,” said Peterson. “He’s been averaging around 18 points a game for us and he’s brought length for us defensively because he’s both able to guard on the perimeter and on the inside. Not only has his scoring been putting him on their top scorers and he’s done well on defense.”

The Spartans also moved the ball well leading to scores with Ryan Warren posting a team-high 10 assists. His 18 points and eight rebounds brought him just short of scoring a triple double.

“He was only two rebounds shy of that,” said Peterson about Warren’s near triple double. “That’s pretty impressive. Like I said last game, he’s the heart and soul of our team.”

Jordan Doss came off the bench to give the Spartans a double double at 12 points and 10 rebounds, proving to be helpful in a now depleted bench.

“He brings a lot of energy,” said Peterson. “He runs the floor hard and he rebounds both offensively and defensively. He didn’t shoot it as well as he has been, he was 0-5 from three... He’ll be better going forward.”

The Spartans had help from Noah Persich, scoring 16 points, and Gatdoar Kueth with 14 points.

Kueth grabbed 10 boards, enough for a double double.

UP NEXT – Southwestern (3-22, 3-7 after forfeiting 12 wins) hits the road Wednesday to face Ellsworth (6-18, 1-8) at 7:30 p.m.

Southwestern 96, Little Priest 83

LPTC (83) — 30 53

SWCC (96) — 43 53

LITTLE PRIEST (FG FT PTS) — Totals —29 20-28 83. Donte Innocent 11 7-8 31, Reynald Laurent 8 5-6 23, DaKwaunte Fields 8 2-2 18, Tyrese Brown 1 4-6 7, Lance Denney 1 0-0 3, Jayden Sheridan 0 1-4 1. FG shooting — 29-80 (36.3 percent). 3-point goals – 5 (Innocent 2, Laurent 2, Brown 1) Rebounds — 42 (Fields 10, Laurent 8, Innocent 5, Brown 4, Sheridan 4, Denney 3, LeAnte Mitchell 3, Zyrick Knight 1). Assists — 4 (Innocent 2, Laurent 1, Sheridan 1). Steals —6 (Laurent 4, Innocent 2). Blocked shots — 2 (Laurent 1, Fields 1). Turnovers — 11. Team fouls — n/a. Fouled out — n/a.

SOUTHWESTERN (FG FT PTS) — Totals —33 16-20 96. Willshon Warren 8 0-0 21, Ryan Warren 5 5-5 18, Noah Perish 5 2-2 16, Gatdoar Kueth 5 4-4 14, Jordan Doss 5 2-3 12, Chad Moran 3 1-4 7, Trevonte Diggs 2 0-0 6, Marquas Gafeney 0 2-2 2. FG shooting — 33-73 (45.20 percent). 3-point goals – 14 (Willshon Warren 5 Persich 4, Ryan Warren 3, Diggs 2). Rebounds — 46 (Doss 10, Kueth 10, Ryan Warren 8, Diggs 6, Willshon Warren 5 Chad Moran 4, Persich 3). Assists — 21 (Ryan Warren 10, Noah Persich 4, Gafeney 3, Doss 1, Diggs 1, Kueth 1, Willshon Warren 1). Steals —6 (Ryan Warren 3, Gafeney 2, Persich 1). Blocked shots — 4 (Kueth 2, Doss 1, Ryan Warren 1). Turnovers – 16. Team fouls — n/a. Fouled out — n/a.

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