2015-'16 Season Coverage
Article updated: 11/20/2012 11:10 PM
Comment More
Share this on Pinterest

Subject Line (article title)

Silent treament in Webber's first win at Warren

Send to (required)


Send from (required)


Message (optional)

Success - Article sent! Click to close
Silent treament in Webber's first win at Warren

Future Ryan Webber wins will undoubtedly be greeted with applause from Warren's boys basketball fans.

Tuesday night, however, there was nary a cheer after Webber earned his first victory as Blue Devils coach.

Story Continues Below

Just before the start of the second half between host Warren and Lake Forest Academy, a fight broke out in the bleachers. After a long delay, which included both teams being sent to their locker rooms, spectators were instructed to exit the gym.

When play finally resumed, after a delay that lasted 35 minutes, Warren slowly built on a 17-point halftime advantage and cruised to a 60-39 win, which evened the Blue Devils' record at 1-1 in the Thanksgiving tournament they are co-hosting with Mundelein. The second half was played in front of only coaches who were scouting the game, game officials and media.

"What a story. Unbelievable," Webber, who coached the last seven seasons at Moline, said with a grin. "I will not forget my first win at Warren."

The 32-year-old Webber acknowledged he may be young-looking, but added he's experienced many things as a coach. Still, coaching his team for one half of basketball without any fans watching was a first.

"It was actually quite weird," said Warren point guard Aarias Austin, who scored 8 points, after leading the Blue Devils with 22 in their season-opening loss to Waukegan on Monday night. "It was an experience that I'll never forget."

Fortunately for the Blue Devils, they had built a 26-9 halftime advantage, thanks in large part to junior Adrian Deere scoring 13 of his game-high 15 points. Deere finished consecutive alley-oop dunks from Arthell Rosquist and Eric Gillespie, respectively, late in the first quarter. Deere also had a pair of alley-oop layups off lobs from Austin.

Lake Forest Academy (0-2) actually outscored Warren 15-14 in the third, pulling within 40-24 on Dejon Brissett's baseline dunk with a minute left in the quarter.

"The three-minute warm-up (after the teams returned to the court at halftime) was not good," Austin said. "The fourth quarter, we got our legs back and got it back going."

Warren hit 8 of 10 shots in the fourth to keep LFA at bay.

"It was very hard to get energetic and refocused (after halftime)," said Deere, a 6-foot-3 junior who had 16 points in the Blue Devils' opener. "Coach really pushed us to get refocused. He helped us a lot."

Warren led only 6-5 late in the first quarter when Deere's back-to-back slams started an 18-0 run. Gillespie capped it with a left-wing 3-pointer that had Warren up 24-5 with 2:14 left before halftime.

"What I really want to focus on, is the first half, our kids played really well," said Webber, whose Blue Devils helped force LFA into 9 turnovers in the opening quarter. "I thought they were really active."

LFA was led by Ryan Clamage's 9 points (off three 3-pointers) coming off the bench.

Gillespie scored 8 points coming off Warren's bench. Shayne White and Timmy Pieper added 7 points apiece.

"A lot better (compared to Opening Night)," Webber said. "We just seemed more settled. That first game is always a hard one."

Get great articles like this sent to your inbox!

No Thanks
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
page v1.3