The 2015 version of Flyin’ to the Hoop concluded with an emphatic finish before a sold-out crowd in Ketering, Ohio.
Wayne (Huber Height, Ohio) upset No. 1 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) in overtime 76-68, handing the Pilots their first loss of the season.
Findlay Prep had a chance to win the game in regulation, but star Allonzo Trier missed a layup at the buzzer after a Wayne turnover.
In the overtime period, Wayne held Findlay (17-1) to one field goal. Derryck Thornton cut the lead to 69-68 on a three-point play with 2:05 to go. Wayne would score seven consecutive points to finish the game.
“It just shows that our guys have some fight—the thing is we still have some work to do. We didn’t play a great game overall. We missed a lot of free throws. We made some turnovers that we normally wouldn’t make,” coach Travis Trice told the Huber Heights Chronicle. But, we had a lot of fight. I could not be prouder of these guys—the way they stepped up and we had different guys step up in different ways. I’m really proud of our group.”
For Wayne, Trey Landers had 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field and added nine rebounds, and Rodrick Caldwell added 18 points.
Wayne trailed 35-32 at halftime but scored the first eight points of the third quarter and led by five entering the fourth.
“We were losing, but coach said that if we play with a lot of heart and intensity, that we can beat this team,” said Caldwell. “And they were bigger and stronger, but we had more heart at the time.”
Wayne has two losses this season, each coming by five points at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. The Warriors lost 64-59 to Montverde (Fla.) Academy, which was the No. 1 team in the Super 25 at the time, and lost to Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) 61-56.
Thornton scored 19 to pace Findlay.