DELTA TWP. — Jaden Sutton and the Waverly boys basketball team made winning a CAAC Red title one of their top goals in the summer.
The junior guard helped the Warriors take a step toward accomplishing that goal Friday.
Sutton scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the final quarter to help Waverly to a 59-56 victory over DeWitt at The Phil Odlum Gymnasium in a key early CAAC Red contest.
Sutton hit key free throws and a big 3-pointer in the final quarter to help Waverly (6-2, 3-0 CAAC Red) to its fifth straight victory.
“I was just trying to spark our offense and spark our defense too,” Sutton said of his big fourth quarter.
Waverly coach Craig Fields said Sutton was a big difference maker on the court Friday.
“He’s a spark for us,” Fields said. “He’s our best defender and we put him on the best person on the other team. He’s a hard-nosed kid. He does well for us.”
Brice Reynolds scored 12 points, while Cam Houston added 11 points and made the go-ahead basket in the middle stages of the fourth quarter for Waverly.
Donovan Tarn had a game-high 23 points to lead DeWitt (3-2, 2-1). The Panthers missed the potential game-tying 3 as time expired.
“Give them credit, they made some plays down the stretch,” DeWitt coach Ron Marlan said. “Craig does a great job with them, and I thought the Sutton kid made a good run for them in the fourth quarter. He really kind of hurt us and took over the game and got them in some spots they needed to be.
“I’m proud of our kids and how they battled back. (Waverly) just made the last run.”
The Warriors rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to stay perfect and atop the CAAC Red. Waverly trailed 45-35 with 3:44 left in the third quarter when Fields called timeout.
The Warriors scored seven unanswered points following the timeout and ended up outscoring DeWitt 24-11 the remainder of the contest.
“We went and got it in the fourth quarter,” Waverly coach Craig Fields said. “The guys said ‘We’re going to take this, and this is our game.’ They stepped up. We went on a good little run there in the fourth quarter. We’re pleased, definitely pleased. We’re playing better.”
Sutton said Friday’s win adds to the momentum for Waverly, which also picked up three wins over the holiday break.
“We’ve got a lot of momentum, especially going to the next game,” Sutton said. “We’re going to come back with a lot more fire than we had today.”
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