D’Mitrik Trice scores 15 points to help Warriors earn first state basketball title.
COLUMBUS —D’Mitrik Trice made an already special weekend for the Trice family even more special. The senior guard led Wayne with a game-high 19 points to help the Warriors earn a dominating 65-57 win over Westerville South in the Div. I state championship game on Saturday night at Value City Arena.
It’s Wayne’s first state title in basketball and the first basketball title for a school out of the GWOC.
Wayne led the entire game, and Trice was instrumental in setting the game’s tone. He scored nine points in the first quarter and helped the Warriors mount a 22-11 lead. After South pulled within six points in the second, Trice hit a three to cap off a 8-0 run and boost the Warriors’ lead to 30-16.
Wayne head coach Travis Trice is D’Mitrik’s father. Younger brother Isaiah Trice is a bench player. As if leading the team in scoring in a state championship game wasn’t impressive enough for the family, older brother Travis Trice Jr. led Michigan State with 24 points against Oklahoma on last night to help lead the Spartans to an Elite Eight berth.
“This has been a very special weekend for us,” Travis Trice said after the game. “I’m extremely proud of D’Mitrik and my guys. I hope Travis can put the icing on the cake tomorrow for Michigan State.
Westerville South pulled no closer than six points in the second half. The Warriors led by over 10 points for most of the first 12 minutes of the half.
Xeryrius Williams added 12 points and six rebounds. Rodrick Caldwell scored 14 points for the Warriors, all of which came in the second half. Trey Landers also scored in double figures with 10 points. The Warriors shot 21-of-41 (51.2 percent) from the field, including 7-o-16 from three-point range.
Kaleb Wesson led Westerville South with 15 points and seven rebounds and DJ Dingess scored 11. The Wildcats shot 22-of-53 (41.5 percent) from the field and outrebounded Wayne 21-28 in the game.