Lorenzo Baker-Martinez swoops in against the Chariton Chargers and gets fouled. Photo by Jason Selby
Wayne played even with 2A Chariton for much of the night, but lost by a score that does not reflect the competitive nature of the game, 65-45. The Falcons led by 1 after the 1st quarter, and were only down by 2 after Dillon Lain beat the halftime buzzer. But Wayne’s cold shooting and turnovers allowed the Chargers to pull away late.
In the 1st quarter, after imposing his will inside by blocking a couple of shots, Levi Overstreet picked up his 2nd foul and sat out much of the half. The first foul came after Overstreet reached over the back of a Charger to pull away an offensive rebound, and did not appear to touch the opponent. Head Coach Jason Allen had already picked up a technical earlier, in the first few minutes of the game. Overstreet finished with 6 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Trent Moore came back from a game away in the 4th quarter to score 6 points and pull down a couple of rebounds, but the contest was already out of hand by that time.
Leading scorer Lain had on off night shooting, with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. The entire team did not hit a 3-point shot.
Tyler Jamieson showed an impressive mid-range game, hitting tough shot after tough shot. He led the Falcons with 18 points and grabbed 3 rebounds.
Trent Carpenter took a tough charge and did many intangible things to help the team. He scored 4 points with 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Lorenzo Baker-Martinez had 3 points and 1 assist. Blake Housley grabbed 2 rebounds.
“We fought hard for 2 and a half quarters, then they switched to zone and we didn’t handle that well,” Allen said. “Too many turnovers. The boys played hard and well for a couple quarters but in the end, Chariton was too much to handle. Big props to Levi and Lorenzo for their defense against a couple of really good athletes, Laing and Hockenson. We need a day of rest, and hope to be back winning on Monday.”
The Falcons played at Martensdale-St. Marys in a makeup game on Mon., Jan. 13. Their next home game is Tues., Jan. 14 against longtime rival Central Decatur.