Owen Warrey and Central Cass blitzed Linton/HMB offensively Tuesday night at the Jamestown Civic Center.
The senior guard buried four first-half 3-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points, helping the Squirrels scoot past the Lions 74-50 in the annual Linton/HMB Jamboree. Warrey was part of a Squrriels 7-for-9 performance from beyond the arc three-quarters of the way through the first half, as Central Cass led 33-18 with 4 minutes to play before the break and never looked back.
"Our teammates get each other open," said Warrey, who was accompanied by teammate Max Kobbervig's three treys over the first two quarters. Kobbervig left the game in the third with an apparent right foot injury and would not return. "We're going to give it to them and, yeah, they were going down."
The Lions entered the game with seven victories and receiving votes in the latest Class B statewide media poll. Linton/HMB's 6-foot-2 junior Lucas Schumacher hit a pair of second-half 3-pointers and scored a team-high 20, but the damage was too much to overcome.
Central Cass ballooned the lead to as many as 30 (68-38), dominating the glass. Unofficially, the Lions were outrebounded 37-15.
"Rebounding has been a struggle for us pretty much all year," said Linton/HMB coach Dan Carr. "It's not because their coach doesn't work on it, but we'll probably work on it a little harder tomorrow night."
Squirrels' center Josh Dixon scored 12 after the break and finished with 18, while 6-4 forward Christian Lietz also score 12 over the final 16 minutes and tallied 17. Central Cass shot 57% from the field, including 8 of 16 3-point makes.
Senior Paul McCrory was the only other Lion to hit double figures in scoring with 10.
"Lucas Schumacher is obviously a very good player and we decided to contain them and hope that their other shooters don't knock down shots," Warrey said. "I think we're one of the better defensive teams in the region."
The Lions will look to try and correct the ship Thursday at South Border.
"We actually tried to do a lot of different things that we put in this week that weren't working very well," Carr said. "Either we've got to look at it and get better at it, or else we've got to scrap it. We're not executing both offensively and defensively."
Central Cass girls basketball also upset No. 7 Linton/HMB 63-55. Isabelle Linnard (13), Rylie Holzer (13), Decontee Smith (12) and Ema Lee (10) all hit double figures in scoring for the Squirrels.
At Jamestown Civic Center
Central Cass 70, (RV) Linton/HMB 50
LHMB 16 7 13 14 -- 50
CC 20 17 25 12 -- 74
LHMB -- Lucas Schumacher 20, Paul McCrory 10, Korrigan Look 8, Carter Renz 8, Landon Bosch 4. Totals: 19-44 FG, 4-17 3-pointers (Renz 2, Schumacher 2), 8-14 FT, 15 Rebounds, 6 Steals, 7 Fouls, 12 Turnovers.
CC -- Owen Warry 22, Josh Dixon 18, Christian Lietz 17, Max Kobbervig 9, Zach Koetz 6, Jake Deutsch 2. Totals: 31/54 FG, 8-16 3-pointers (Warrey 4, Kobbervig 3, Lietz), 4-5 FT, 37 Rebounds, 8 Steals, 17 Fouls, 14 Turnovers.
Records: Central Cass 7-3. Linton/HMB 7-3.
Central Cass 63, (7) Linton/HMB 55
CC 13 12 21 16 -- 63
LHMB 10 18 16 11 -- 55
CC -- Isabelle Linnard 13, Rylie Holzer 13, Decontee Smith 12, Ema Lee 10, Kailey McKinnon 7, Morgan Lee 2, Delaney Cotton 2, Tori Richter 2, Klaire Cotton 2. Totals: 23 FG, 13-16 FT, 19 fouls (McKinnon). 3-pointers: Holzer 3. McKinnon.
LHMB -- Teegan Scheer 15, JayCee Richter 13, Josi Schwab 11, Precious Vetter 11, Emily Kelsch 3, Madi Patacek 2. Totals: 15 FG, 18-23 FT, 15 fouls. 3-pointers: Schwab 3, Scherr 2, Richter, Kelsch.
Records: Central Cass 7-4. Linton/HMB 11-2.