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Warrior Boys Handle PRESSURE, Outlast Chemics 48-45

Arnold (13), Jsaman (8) and Tithof (8) Lead Warrior Scoring

January 30, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Kevin Leahy

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Western,s 10 Corey Arnold takes it to the hoop. Arnold led all Warriors with 13 points.
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The Warriors leader Tuesday night was the same kid who led them all fall, Corey Arnold.

Arnold knows a thing or two about pressure. Arnold never could have been the Warrior starting quarterback in the Saginaw Valley League without handling "the pressure."

The cold front that showed up Wednesday morning must have passed over Arnold early because he had ice in his veins the last couple minutes of Westerns big win.

In addition to two clutch free throws with under ten seconds to go, Arnold also scored the Warriors previous five points to negate a two point lead from a Chemic uprising.

Midland tried to snatch this one away at the end after Western lead for most of the entire game.

The steely junior took control with a deuce after Midland went up by one.

Then with just over a minute left, Midland canned a three to go up two, Arnold rose to the occasion by nailing his own "triple" on the next trip down to put the Warriors back up by one.

The Chemics had no other choice but to foul. But they fouled the hottest hand on the floor in Arnold who finished them off.

"It was a tight all through the game; we were down with two minutes to go when Corey hit a three pointer. That got us back on track and we went on to win." said Western coach Chris Watz.

"This was a very significant win for us. This win will help us in building our basketball program," added coach Watz.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, it will not show up in their conference win column, as the 5-9 Warriors are still 0-6 in the very tough SVL.

The first game against the 7-6 Chemics, a 67-54 loss was their conference match while Friday the Warriors take on Flint Northern still looking for their first conference win.

Arnold lead the Warriors with 13 while Chad Jasman and Travis Tithof each contributed eight.

Midland and Western jump to a flying start.
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#2 Chad Jasman shoots a fade away jumper.
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#2 Chad Jasman gets shot off under tough defensive pressure.
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Caleb Boileau tries to wrestle the ball from Midland players.
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Bodies were flying in this tough contest.
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#2 Chad Jasman rises above Midland for jump shot.
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#14 Ryan Sebald of Western applies pressure defense to Midland's #12 Morgan Iseler.
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Western's 34 Jake O'Keefe takes it to the hoop against tough defense by Midland's 44 Ben Singer
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Midland's 44 Ben Singer shows once again tough defense on Western's 2 Chad Jasman.
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2 Chad Jasman shows nice form from the outside
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Tough inside defense by Midland's 31 Alex Barker doesn't stop Western's 32 Caleb Boileau from driving for two
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