By CODY LEIST
PDT Sports Writer
ATHENS — Waverly coach Travis Robertson knew pressure put on Warren would result in positive aspects for his ball club.
Among the things he was hoping for was a solid performance from the free throw line. Unfortunately the charity stripe was part of the Tigers’ demise Saturday at Ohio University’s Convocation Center in the Alexander Holiday Tournament.
“We need to step up and shoot the basketball,” Robertson said after Waverly’s 53-45 loss in which the Tigers were 9-for-24 from the line for 38 percent.
The Warriors (6-0) were fresh off a 29-point fourth quarter the night before in their 61-56 home win over Portsmouth and Waverly (3-2) looked to exploit the fatigue.
“They didn’t look comfortable pressured,” Robertson said.
Warren committed 15 turnovers and was called for 17 team fouls in the game. But the Tigers were only 16-of-44 from the field as a team (36 percent).
“We were unable to capitalize on those extra possessions that we had,” Robertson said.
While Waverly struggled from the foul line, the Warriors were able to succeed on their limited opportunities from the line as they were six-of-nine.
“It was the difference in the game,” Robertson said.
Jake Kretzer led all scorers with 19 points and 16 rebounds in a losing effort. The senior was 6-of-19 from the field and a team best 7-of-12 from the line.
“There was no flow to his game,” Robertson said.
The Tigers return to conference play Tuesday against West.
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Warren 13 5 16 19 — 53
Waverly 9 10 14 12 — 45
Warren—Yabs 1-0-3, Hastie 2-4-9, Windland 5-1-11, Knost 2-1-5, French 6-0-15, Henthorn 3-0-6, Patton 2-0-4, Totals 21-6-53.
Waverly—Ward 1-0-2, Kelly 2-1-6, White 2-1-6, Hart 5-0-12, Kretzer 6-7-19, Totals 16-9-45.
3-Point Goals—Warren 5 (French 3, Yabs, Hastie); Waverly 4 (Hart 2, Kelly, White).
Records—Warren 6-0; Waverly 3-2.