Wakefield High’s Halil Parks blocked a shot Monday night, scooped up the loose ball and fed a streaking Alan Treakle for a fast break layup that included a foul on Tuscarora. The entire three-point sequence took four seconds and was a perfect snapshot of how the Warriors want to play — fast.
“The outlet pass is the fastest way to get the ball up the court,” Parks said. “I can’t see another team running with us.”
Parks led all scorers with 25 points and added eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Treakle had 19 points and three assists as the Warriors improved to 6-2.
Jared Cross led the Huskies (6-3) with 15 points.
“We’re hitting our stride at the right time,” said Wakefield Coach Tony Bentley, whose team won its third straight game after dropping two of three in a tournament two weeks ago in Utah.
The Warriors (6-2) led by 12 after the first quarter, but punched the accelerator in the second behind 11 points from Parks, including three three-pointers, two of which came on assists from Amari Cooper .
“It’s one pass and a knockdown with him,” Treakle said of Parks. “You just have to get back on defense.”
Treakle had eight points in the second quarter, four from the foul line, and another four on smooth midrange jump shots.
Wakefield’s lead grew to 40 in the third quarter.
The Warriors’ only deficit came after the game’s first basket, a layup by Tuscarora’s Brandyn Crittenton.
He finished with 12 points. Chandler Tuten scored another 12 off the bench.
The Huskies also prefer to play fast. When the two teams met last year, Wakefield won in triple overtime. This time, however, they simply could not keep up.
The Warriors forced the Huskies into 17 turnovers. They were out-rebounded, 46-21.
By halftime against Wakefield, most teams are gassed, Parks said.
“We love to run,” he said. And they love to grab rebounds and tap in second-chance points, set up a press and do it again.
The Warriors either wear teams out or simply outscore them.
“Our offense is our defense,” Bentley said. “We say it all the time.”