Marietta - The Marietta High student section let Warren’s Brandon Simoniette hear it Tuesday at Sutton Gym, booing the Warrior senior nearly every time he touched the ball.
Simoniette responded by putting up a game-high 18 points, including sinking five 3-pointers, to help Warren (8-4) come away with a convincing 58-40 victory over the Tigers. In the first quarter, he converted a three-point play and then drained three straight shots from beyond the arc to put the visitors up 19-8. The Tigers never recovered.
“I do (feed off it) a little bit,” Simoniette said of the crowd noise. “You kind of get used to it after a while. I love hyped crowds.
“It’s always good to get off to hot start. Starting fast gets us an early lead and we keep going from there.”
Marietta got within eight, 24-16, on Tony Munos’ jumper with two minutes left in the first half, but Simoniette responded with his fourth 3-pointer to put the Warriors back up by 11. They led 31-20 at halftime, and Simoniette’s triple with seven seconds remaining in the third made it a 23-point game, 50-27.
“He got us off to a big start,” Warren head coach Blane Maddox said of Simoniette. “It’s important when you’re on the road to get off to a good start. He gave us the confidence to start and everybody picked up on that momentum.”
The Tigers (7-5) had their seven-game win streak snapped. They shot just 27% (17 for 63) from the floor compared to Warren’s 49% (24 for 49).