Wayne Country Day’s Collin Tanner certainly put on a show Thursday evening against Wayne Christian.
The junior poured in a game-high 34 points, which included a few thunderous dunks, and the Chargers defeated the Eagles 86-62 to win their eighth game in a row.
“When Collin is playing at a high level, then obviously it makes us a whole lot better because he draws so much attention,” Wayne Country Day head coach Nathan Faulk said. “He’s a big part of what we do.”
Jordan Cooper scored seven of his 19 points in the first quarter, and the Chargers held a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles’ Jayquan Curry started to heat in the second quarter, and he helped keep Wayne Christian within striking distance as the Eagles trailed 30-24 late in the second quarter, but the Chargers closed out the quarter on a 7-0 run.
“We didn’t do the things we do in practice, but we certainly addressed that at halftime,” Faulk said.
Tanner really started to get going in the third quarter. He scored the Chargers’ first eight points, and he helped extend the margin to 47-27 with six minutes left in the third quarter.
Wayne Christian’s Rayshawn Boston scored 11 of 21 points in the third quarter, and the Eagles attempted to battle back, but the Chargers’ big lead was insurmountable.
“In the second half, we just wanted to execute a little bit better,” Faulk said. “Our full-court press got to them a little bit, which is always good, and that gets us going.”
Kayleb Coles added 12, while Zane Cogdell scored 11 points for the Chargers, which had four players finish in double figures.
Wayne Country Day (9-1 overall) entertain Cape Fear Academy on Tuesday. The Eagles play host to Wayne Prep.