Warriors nearly upset 4A school
December 4, 2003
Tribune staff report
After losing by 31 points in their season opener, the Whittell High Warriors need a confidence boost.
They got it by nearly upsetting a larger school in the Dayton Invitational on Thursday night. However, Class 4A representative Damonte Ranch made some clutch foul shots down the stretch to escape with a 58-53 boys’ basketball victory.
Brothers Chris and Danny Shapiro combined for 29 points to lead the Warriors (0-2).
“We played a lot better than we played the other night. We competed with these guys,” said Whittell coach Dennis Young, trying to forget the 70-39 whipping administered by Quincy on Tuesday.
Whittell’s balanced effort also included eight points from Chris Craig and a key contribution from former JV player Brian Hanshaw. Hanshaw, who started the season on JV, scored six points and made five steals. He turned three of his steals into layups.
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Ryan Gosh also had six points for the Warriors, while Marcus Mellberg and Thomas Esquivel chipped in two.
Whittell led 29-25 at the half, but Damonte Ranch scored six unanswered points to open the third quarter, setting the stage for a back-and-forth leaders the rest of the way.
Whittell continues the three-day tournament today against either Silver Stage or Dayton at 4:30 p.m. The Warriors will also play on Saturday.