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Waldorf falls to Silver Lake in road loss

waldorf-warriors-outline_1By Matt Oliver

MANITOWOC, Wis. – The Waldorf College men’s basketball team closed out the regular season, falling in an 88-76 loss to Silver Lake College on Saturday.

After a 15-of-34 (44.1 percent) shooting start from the field, the Warriors (16-13) trailed 46-41 at halftime. They struggled to find their offensive rhythm and shot just 29.7 percent in the second half on an 11-of-37 effort from the floor.

The Lakers (10-23) connected on 44.8 percent of their field-goal attempts on the night, going 30-of-67 from the floor while Waldorf finished 26-of-71 (36.6 percent) from the field. Both teams hit 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) attempts from 3-point range.

Waldorf seniors Erik Brewer and Tyler Parrish led all scorers, netting 22 points apiece.

Brewer shot 53.8 percent, knocking down 7-fo-13 attempts from the floor and sinking 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) shots behind the arc. The 6-foot-6 forward from Las Vegas grabbed four rebounds and handed out three assists.

Junior Michael Morgan added nine points, six boards and three assists for the Warriors. Freshman Isaiah Curry and junior June Prowell scored six points each. Curry pulled down a team-high nine rebounds while Prowell led Waldorf with four assists.

The Warriors received five points from sophomore Eric English. Junior Brandon Silva, sophomore Kaden Verdin and freshman Josiah Smith contributed two points apiece. Silva dished out three assists and Parrish turned in a team-high three steals.

Stevens Alexis led the charge for Silver Lake with 21 points and nine rebounds. Stevens was on target, hitting 9-of-15 (60 percent) shots from the field. He also provided three assists and two steals.

Austin Allen-Walker and Densel Smith poured in 18 points each for the Lakers, who outscored the Warriors 42-35 in the second half. Allen-Walker buried 6-of-12 (50 percent) shots from the floor and had five assists to go along with three steals. Silver Lake’s Patrick Zemanovic tallied 12 points and three assists.

The Lakers converted on 68.8 percent of their trips to the free-throw line as they sank 22-of-32 attempts. Waldorf went 18-of-29 (62.1 percent) at the charity stripe.

Silver Lake came away with a 47-45 edge on the boards and collected 18 offensive rebounds. Despite giving up 21 offensive boards, the Lakers claimed a 16-12 advantage in second-chance points.

The Warriors committed 10 turnovers in the loss and finished with a 13-6 advantage in points off turnovers. Silver Lake turned the ball over eight times.

Waldorf opens the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Tournament on Thursday in a quarterfinal matchup. The opponent, location and game time have not yet been announced.