Nekvinda started the year with decades of experience, but he was stepping into a new role as head coach. Wayne has struggled with attrition the past few seasons, and Nekvinda sought to minimize the disadvantages and accentuate what the Falcons could achieve, which was success at the individual level.
And some of his strategy involved hitting the halls in the morning for a good run. Mar 10, 2014, 08:14
No call. A Pekin defender grabs both of Tyler Jamieson's arms but is not called for a foul. The Panthers later hit a running desperation shot for a crucial 5-point swing. Photo by Jason Selby
Wayne had difficulty finding the gym in Centerville on Tuesday night, and it seemed to carry over onto the court in their second round playoff game with Pekin. In the first half, the Falcons fell behind 44-24.
But after the break, they fought out of that hole with a full-court press. In the third quarter, Wayne had clawed back to within 10 points when Tyler Jamieson drove to the basket. A Pekin defender grabbed both of Jamieson’s arms, but no foul was called. Then, at the end of the third quarter, the Panthers hit a running 40-foot 3-point shot. Despite dominating the third quarter, in part because of a crucial no-call and a desperation 3, Wayne still trailed by 18.
Head Coach Jason Allen made his frustration known at the end of the game, drawing a technical when a Panther was not called for a foul after going over-the-back for a rebound, followed by a touch foul on Wayne. Feb 27, 2014, 09:44
Tyler Jamieson rises over Moulton-Udell during the Falcons 71-37 victory. The senior led the team with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Also pictured are Trent Moore, 30, Dillon Lain and Lorenzo Baker-Martinez. Photo by Jenny Nickell
The Falcons left slow starts and sluggish play behind them during their first round playoff game at Moulton-Udell. The Saturday evening matchup was a makeup from last Thursday, but Wayne did not miss a beat, shooting 63 percent from the field while winning 71-37.
“We came out with fire and intensity and kept it up throughout the game,” Head Coach Jason Allen said. “We were able to let the starters rest during the fourth quarter, so they can be fresh for Tuesday night’s contest against Pekin. It’s win or go home.” Feb 24, 2014, 09:35
Defensive pressure was key to Wayne’s comeback, as they held Moravia to 4 points in the 4th quarter and 2 points in overtime, while notching 20 steals.
Breanna Fortune led the Falcons with 21 points. She also had a season-high 6 steals and grabbed 5 rebounds. Feb 20, 2014, 11:54
Dillon Lain joins the 1,000 point club, but Wayne falls to Central Decatur 56-52 In a back-and-forth battle on Tuesday night in Leon, Central Decatur beat the Falcons 56-52. The Cardinals led 19-13 after the 1st quarter. Wayne stormed back to take a 5-point lead into the half, but Central Decatur pulled away in the 4th quarter despite 27 points from Dillon Lain, who reached 1,000 points for his career.
The Falcons also outrebounded the Cardinals 39-21. Four players grabbed at least 8 rebounds. Tyler Jamieson led the team with 9 rebounds. Feb 13, 2014, 09:16