In its first game, No. 5 Walbrook lost to a tough Northeast Catholic team from Philadelphia, learned a little bit about itself and got off on the wrong foot in what should be a promising season. Last night, the Warriors left no doubt who was the better team.
Host Walbrook (2-1) used a high-octane offense and a tough zone defense to cruise to a 75-56 victory over rival Southwestern (1-2) in the night's final game at the Function at the Junction basketball mixer.
Forward Roscoe Smith led Walbrook with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Stephen Milledge paced Southwestern with 18 points, and Kevin Langhorn scored 17.
"We have a long way to go, but I liked our defensive intensity," Walbrook coach Kelvin Bridges said. "We're still feeling each other out and trying to find an identity for this team. We're looking for whatever will fit."
The Warriors wasted no time asserting themselves, taking the lead just four seconds into the contest on a dunk by Darius Graves. They never looked back, going on a 13-2 run from that point until 4:07 left in the quarter.
After the Sabers' Reggie Street converted a three-point play after a layup, Walbrook went on a run to make the score 26-9 with 1:18 left in the first quarter and put the game out of reach.
After making several substitutions, the Warriors used the second quarter to build on their lead. Walbrook got seven points from Graves and four from Ricardo Freeman to outscore Southwestern 23-12 in the quarter and take a 51-24 lead into the half.
In the second half, Walbrook's defense went to work. The Warriors used a combination of zones and man-to-man to hold the Sabers without a field goal for the first 5:07 and charge out to a 62-28 lead.
Smith said the Warriors were much more deliberate last night, and that was why they went on their runs.
"We took our time," Smith said. "It just felt like we were really comfortable tonight. Everyone played well, and we started to jell a little. Everyone has the same goals: a city and a state championship. I think we took a step in that direction."