Welcome back Michael Wallace and JaJuan Rodgers, the backcourt duo Carson was expecting to start this season. Carson said both will play against Lebanon. Rodgers started the first game and scored 17 points. Two days later he sprained his ankle at practice and hasn’t played since. Wallace, a returning starter, had a knee scoped just before the season.
“Jeff, he’s a hustler, Bub (Sanford), he’s a nice little point guard that takes great shots and Larry on the other side is a great athlete,” junior forward RaHeim Moss said. “And when those two players come back from injury, we should be great.”
Moss started six games and averaged 6.2 points last year. Through four games his average was 8.7. But he has scored 13, 20, 26 and 26 in the past four games to raise his average to 13.7.
“He’s been locked in the last couple weeks,” Carson said. “He’s playing the way that I thought he would play ever since I lit a fire up under him after the Miamisburg game. He’s been on fire ever since.”
Ponitz (1-8) handled Springfield’s pressure defense and traps for three quarters and trailed 55-49. But the Wildcats’ trapping defense created a succession of turnovers in the fourth quarter that ignited the blowout.
One steal led to a Sanford alley-oop to Moss for a crowd-pleasing dunk and a 63-53 lead. Twenty seconds later Moss drove baseline for another two-handed slam.
“It just pumps me up more, just makes you want to keep going and get bigger plays, get my team involved and have the crowd happy,” Moss said.
Carson credits the play of his young guards with keeping the Wildcats unbeaten. But his big ask of them and the whole team right now is to play the first half with the same intensity that they’ve shown in the second half.
“We’ve got to put together full games, especially with the stretch we’ve got coming up,” Carson said.
After Lebanon, the Wildcats face unbeaten Wayne and a strong Cleveland Heights team at Flyin’ To The Hoop.