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Warsaw beats Fort Wayne Carroll, finishes regular season 21-1

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After losing their bid for a perfect season on a buzzer beater last Saturday to Carmel on senior night, the Tigers returned the favor to Chargers on their senior night, coming back from a 5 point deficit in the 4th quarter to escape Fort Wayne with a 32-29 victory. Even though Warsaw has been a strong defensive team all season, if you're shocked at that low score, I'll fill you in on how it occurred.

After Warsaw led 17-15 at halftime, Carroll won the 3rd quarter 14-7 and took a 29-24 lead heading into the 4th quarter. Ross Johnson hit a 3-pointer for Warsaw on their first possession of the quarter and cut their deficit to 2 points... and then the Chargers decided to HOLD THE BALL for roughly FIVE MINUTES. Literally, Arius Jones held the ball for two full minutes and then it was another three minutes or so of passing and timeouts by Fort Wayne Carroll. Kudos to the Tigers and Coach Doug Ogle who were perfectly content allowing the Chargers to shorten the game. About 3 minutes or so into that possession, the Tigers started to trap the ball and forced the Chargers into continuously dribbling and passing and calling timeouts. For Warsaw, their defense is their STRENGTH and they showed it when Carroll finally made an ill-advised pass that junior Jeremy David (an outstanding Tight End for the Tiger football team) snagged a steal on the pass. Junior guard Kyle Mangas (Warsaw's leading scorer) converted a three point play with just under a minute left in the game to give Warsaw a 30-29 lead.

Senior guard Paul Marandet (arguably Warsaw's best defender) came up with a steal with about 8 seconds to go on the game clock and the Tigers were able to make 3 consecutive inbounds passes successfully while being fouled. Once they were in the bonus, Kyle Mangas his both end of the one-and-one with 2 seconds left on the clock and Carroll threw the ball away before getting a final shot off. Not only did Carroll not score a point in the 4th quarter, they never even attempted a SHOT! Granted, they chose to hold the ball for minutes, but the Tiger defense never fell asleep and allowed any cheap, easy buckets that could be easy to do when the opposing team is just standing around with the ball.

Kyle Mangas finished with 18 points going 6/11 from the field including 3/5 from 3-point range and was 3/3 at the free throw line. Paul Marandet finished with 9 points and 4 assists.

I have to admit, even though Warsaw did an outstanding job to stay focused, it feels like Carroll absolutely lost that game. Strange decision IMO for them to hold the ball for so long with only a 2 point lead, especially after they just had a strong 3rd quarter showing and outscoring the Tigers 14-7. Kyle Mallers is a heck of a player and he really started heating up in that 3rd quarter along with Jacob Redding. Carroll's coach was playing NOT TO LOSE instead of playing to win the ball game, again, IMO. Glad their strategy backfired on them and that Warsaw was able to prove they could overcome the situation. Great win heading into sectional play.

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ac9er   

This game brought up serious discussion in Northeast Indiana about implementation of the shot clock. It isn't something I'd be against as a fan, but also realize sometimes "stall ball" is a strategy to be competitive.

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ac9er   

No clock!!

I'm neutral on it. Fans like run and gun, some coaches like stall, and many like both together with fundamentals being used.

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