Colin Bailey of Jefferson defends the rim in Saturday's matchup with Wayne Trace. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Colin Bailey of Jefferson defends the rim in Saturday's matchup with Wayne Trace. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

DELPHOS – Ten straight third quarter points put Wayne Trace in front of Delphos Jefferson and the Raiders held off a late Wildcat comeback for a 44-42 win at Jefferson Middle School Saturday night in non-league boys basketball action.

Trailing 29-26 midway through the third quarter, the Raiders scored ten straight points to take the lead for good.

A three-pointer by Cameron Sinn ignited the Wayne Trace run, which was followed by a Kyle Stoller three-point play and a pair of Brooks Laukhuf baskets that gave the Raiders a 36-29 advantage.

Levi Rode scored a late third quarter basket to get the Wildcats within 36-31 entering the final period.

Two Rode free throws started the fourth quarter scoring to slice the Delphos Jefferson deficit to 36-33 but Wayne Trace answered with a pair of Cameron Graham foul shots and a Stoller basket that put the Raiders on top 40-33.

Following an Andrew Miller basket for the Wildcats, Stoller connected on two free throws to extend the Raider margin back to 42-35 with 1:12 remaining.

Trent Teman then brought Delphos Jefferson closer with a three-pointer that sliced the deficit to 42-38. After a Raider turnover, a Rode basket pulled the hosts within 42-40.

Wayne Trace’s Trevor Sinn was fouled on the ensuing possession and proceeded to hit both of his foul shot attempts, proving to be the eventual game-winner, as the Raiders seized a 44-40 margin with 18 seconds remaining.

Ian Wannemacher answered for the Wildcats, hitting a basket at the nine second mark to close the gap to 44-42 with nine seconds on the clock.

The Raiders were unable to seal the victory at the free throw line, missing a pair of foul shots, but a last second three pointer by Delphos Jefferson was also off the mark as the red, white and blue escaped with the 44-42 victory.

“It was good to get the win,” noted Raider head coach Jim Linder, who was coming off victory number 200 at Arlington last Saturday. “It wasn’t pretty but we knew it was going to be a tough game over here. They are athletic and their small floor was an adjustment for us. But, we are happy to get the victory.”

Stoller led all scorers in the contest, posting a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds while also recording four steals for Wayne Trace. Trevor Sinn added nine markers and four assists with Brooks Laukhuf chipping in six points. Cameron Sinn also recorded five points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Grayson McClure (three), Cameron Graham (two) and Trevor Speice (two) completed the scoring for the Raiders, who improve to 8-3 on the season.

Rode topped Delphos Jefferson with a dozen points and five rebounds while Ian Wannemacher chipped in ten markers and a dozen boards. Colin Bailey (eight), Andrew Miller (seven) and Trent Teman (five) also found the scoring column for the Wildcats, who fall to 3-6.

The two teams played virtually even in the first half with Wayne Trace posting a 12-11 lead at the end of one quarter and a 22-21 advantage at the intermission.

Delphos Jefferson jumped in front early in the third quarter, getting a pair of three-pointers from Rode and a Wannemacher basket to go on top 29-26 before the Raider run.

In the junior varsity contest, the Wildcats rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to post a 44-42 win over the Raiders.

Cole Hoersten totaled 17 points to lead the way for Delphos Jefferson with Caden Carder adding ten points and five rebounds. Cody Bailey and Isaac Gallmeier both finished with six markers for the Wildcats. Lucas Grothaus (three) and Jaden Lucas (two) had the remaining Delphos Jefferson markers.

Race Price paced Wayne Trace with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals while Cale Winans and Hudson Myers each finished with six. Myers also brought down seven boards for the Raiders.

Caden Tumblin (six), Landon Foltz (two) and Dylan Hildebrand (two) completed the list of Wayne Trace scorers.

Delphos Jefferson returns to action on Tuesday as the Wildcats host Waynesfield Goshen before welcoming in Crestview for a Northwest Conference battle on Friday.

Wayne Trace gets the tall order of traveling to the state’s top ranked Division IV team in Antwerp Friday night in Green Meadows Conference play. The Raiders then host Fort Jennings in a non-league battle Saturday.