SOLON– The Solon Spartans may be unbeaten, but the heart of the schedule is coming up.
Solon’s boys moved to 4-0 last week with a pair of wins, but Head Coach Brad Randall feels there’s lot of room for improvement.
“We still have a lot further to go,” Randall noted. He’s looking to shore up a defense that let West Delaware back into Friday night’s 62-53 road win and to put more rebounds in the hands of the Spartans.
Solon grabbed 30 total rebounds against the Hawks Friday night, but during one stretch of the game, West Delaware pulled down seven offensive rebounds and turned most of those into points.
“When you do that, you’re going to let teams back in the game,” he said.
And that’s what happened Friday. The Spartans got off to a great start, but West Delaware had trimmed the lead to five points with less than a minute remaining.
Solon stepped up to make free throws down the stretch, and that resulted in a nine-point win for the Spartans.
Turner Wentzien led Solon with 18 points, six assists and four steals. Joe Weeks added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Rory Siddell chipped in 11 points. Jake Morris added nine points and six rebounds.
It was a little smoother sailing against Central DeWitt Dec. 6 at home.
“That was a good win,” Randall noted of the 70-51 victory. “We forced them to play a little faster than they wanted.”
Although it took over six minutes to pry the lid off the bucket, Solon ran out to a 16-8 first quarter lead and built a 15-point halftime lead, thanks to an Austin Miller three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.
The Spartans exerted their defensive muscle in the third quarter, holding the Sabers to only six points.
Wentzien again led the Spartans with 23 points, six assists and four steals. Weeks added 14 points (including a perfect 4-4 from the line), and both Morris and Austin Miller added nine points. Morris had nine rebounds.