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When long-time head coach Chuck Ramsey called it a career after 34 years, 32-year old Ryan Webber was hired in March as Warren’s new coach with the notion of the big shoes he would have to fill.
Webber achieved his first signature win for the Blue Devils (4-1) after narrowly defeating New Trier (4-2) 66-60.
“I can’t say enough of the efforts of our team. I thought that they were very committed. That is a great team. We grew up a little tonight,” Webber said.
It was a close contest in the first half as both defenses made it difficult for either team to generate any offensive tempo.
New Trier’s traps accounted for countless Warren turnovers, and the Blue Devils countered by frustrating the Trevians to force them to take questionable shot selections.
After junior guard Ricky Samuelson hit a three-pointer with six seconds left in second quarter, New Trier went into the locker room up 18-17.
Both offenses came up red hot entering the second-half as both teams continued to trade buckets.
Trevians senior forward Stas Banas scored all of his 15 points in the final two quarters to help keep his team at pace with Warren.
Senior Steven Cook would add 12 points in fourth quarter for New Trier to finish with 16.
But it was the will and determination of Blue Devils senior forward Dre Von Hill and junior Adrian Deere which overwhelmed the defense of New Trier.
Deere was a constant scoring threat through the entire game for Warren. He added eight points in the final quarter. He finished the game with 20 points and five rebounds.
Despite the dominance by Deere, it was Von Hill who carried his team to victory with his amazing and exceptional performance in the fourth quarter.
After scoring only one lone basket in the first half, Von Hill was a force to be reckoned with by scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter.
His play in the fourth quarter was the final spark and the key piece to a Warren victory.