Waverly held off a furious Lansing Catholic comeback attempt in a wild fourth quarter for a tough 70-60 non-league boys basketball win Tuesday night.
The Warriors (3-2) looked to be running away, taking an 18-point lead in the second half, but the Cougars scored more points in the fourth quarter (33) than they did in the other three combined (27) to cut the deficit to seven in the final three minutes.
That would be as close as they would get, however, as Waverly converted 11 of their 12 free throws in the final two minutes to close out the win.
Four different Waverly players scored in double figures, led by Mike Fomby, who came off the bench for 18 points. Dee Roberts poured in 15 and Scott Koenigsknecht and Marcus Moore each had 11 for the Warriors.
Warrior coach Craig Fields said that he was happy to see the Warriors not have to lean on Roberts, their leading scorer so far this season, for all of their offense.
“We’ve been relying on Dee a lot, but I think a lot of people stepped up,” Fields said. “Derrick (Hartwell) hit some big free throws and played good defense, I think Lawrence (Trice) has been killing the boards lately. It was a team effort tonight.”
Dillon Rush led the Cougars (3-2) with 19 points, including six 3-pointers.
“We were a little lethargic and slow for some reason for three quarters of that game, if not longer,” Lansing Catholic coach Darren Zwick said. “It was a great effort at the end, but we needed that for 32 minutes, and we didn’t get it tonight.”
Waverly overcame a significant height disadvantage to come up with key rebounds late.
“We harped on that for two days in practice, keep them off the glass,” Fields said. “They’re huge, and I thought we did a very good job of that.”
After starting the season with two losses by a total of five points, including a defeat at Jackson Lumen Christi that Fields called a “reality check,” Waverly has won the next three games, scoring 70 points or more in all three.