After his team’s game against Randolph Southern was canceled last Friday, Wapahani boys basketball coach Matt Luce took three of his children to the Central-Southside game.
It was an experience Luce enjoyed, saying he had a great time and describing the crowd as “awesome.” But it also meant his team will go almost two weeks without playing a game.
Wapahani will play tonight at Delta, its first game since Jan. 18, when it also played Delta. In that matchup, Wapahani won its third consecutive Delaware County Tournament championship with a 56-44 win. It will be a two-game weekend for the Raiders, as Wapahani is scheduled to play at Burris on Saturday.
“Our guys just want to play,” Luce said. “We’ve had a long layoff. And we’re excited just to be back on the court and be in uniform, and have a chance to move on from the county tournament.”
Wapahani (10-1) is ranked No. 6 in the Class 2A poll. Wright State signee Grant Evans is averaging 26.4 points per game. Fellow senior Jacob Foster is averaging 17.3 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per contest. The Raiders have had some long layoffs between games this season, not playing their fourth game of the season until Dec. 20.
“It’s very similar to the beginning of the year,” Luce said. “Where we’ve got a lot of practices and we’ve had the opportunity to practice on some of the days we’ve been off … we’re very fortunate. But at the same time, our guys are tired of beating on each other, looking forward to going against an outside opponent.”
Delta enters tonight’s game with a 7-5 record, and has won three of its past four games and five of its past seven. Delta has played one game since the county championship, a two-point win against Wes-Del in which Alex Fuatavai hit the game-winning shot in the final second.
The Eagles’ Jalen Robinson scored 31 points in the county title loss to Wapahani.
“We obviously are going to try to slow down Jalen Robinson; he had a great game against us in the county tournament,” Luce said. “We feel like they’ve got some nice senior athletes that we’ve got to continue to do a good job of guarding. And another kid that I think is a real nice player for them is (junior) Kameron Slaven. I think he’ll be looking forward to having a better game against us this time, so we’ll have to continue to key on him.”
Luce said Wapahani will play its postponed game against Randolph Southern on Feb. 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game was originally set for last week.