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Offensive explosion leads Warwick to district tournament win over rival Manheim Central

Offensive explosion leads Warwick to district tournament win over rival Manheim Central

Written by: TJ Eck on February 26, 2024


The Warwick Warriors like playing at Doe Run Elementary School.

“I feel like when we come in here, the shot is just contagious,” said Warwick senior guard Carter Horst.

Warwick drilled 15 three-pointers and scored 80+ points for the first time all season in an 82-61 win over Manheim Central at the Barons’ home gym Monday night in a PIAA District 3 Class AAAAA tournament consolation game.
The strong shooting performance comes after Warwick made 14 three’s in a regular-season win at the same venue on January 17.

“When everybody is hitting like that, it’s kind of what we did last time we played here,” said Warwick head coach Chris Christensen. “We might like a short bus trip, I guess. It was a good night across the board.”

Manheim Central head coach Charlie Fisher added: “At some point, there’s only so much you can do. I thought they were phenomenal.”

All five Warwick starters scored in double-figures with Horst leading the way. The York College-bound guard knocked down seven three-pointers and finished with 25 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists.

“In the warmups, I was not missing,” said Horst. “I was like alright, I’m letting everything fly tonight.”

Sophomore forward Ya’Majesty Washington finished just shy of double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds for Warwick. Junior forward Caleb Johnsen netted 14 points while senior guards Tyree Hughes and Trevor Evans scored 12 and 10 points respectively.  

Warwick made 23-of-27 free throws and finished with 20 assists on 22 made field goals.

“That’s pretty awesome,” said Christensen. “We shared the ball, got downhill, made the right plays.”

Horst added: “That just shows that no one on this team is selfish. We all can work together, we all have confidence in each other. We all trust each other.”

Manhiem Central was led by senior forward Aaron Enterline.  He scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds, including a vicious putback dunk in the first half when the game was still close. Junior guard Ryan Kenneff added 13 points while sophomore guard Chase Book finished with 10 points for the home team.

The Barons fall to the seventh place game in the District 3 5A tournament and will host Muhlenberg Wednesday night. Manheim Central has already clinched a spot in the state tournament.

“I’m hoping it’s a good game and one last chance for us to play at home,” said Fisher. 

Warwick advances to the fifth place game in the district tournament. The Warriors will host Exeter Township Wednesday with state tournament seeding to be decided for both teams.

“If you’re gonna play well and get yourself a game or two of some good play going into the state tournament and put yourself in a little bit better position than we did last year and give yourself a chance in that first round, it’s pretty meaningful,” said Christensen.

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