Roy • Roy coach Dan McClure laughed when asked what he thought the outcome of Tuesday night's rivalry game between Class 5A Fremont and Class 4A Roy would be if Royal star forward Brekkott Chapman was held without a field goal the entire night.
"I would say we better make some 3s," he said. "I would have been extremely nervous about that. Extremely nervous."
Good thing seniors Jesse Wayment and David Hadley came to the rescue to calm those nerves. Wayment, a 6-foot guard, scored a game-high 22 points and hit four 3-pointers, while Hadley chipped in 12 to lead the Royals past the Silverwolves 54-48.
Roy improved to 5-3, while Fremont dropped to 2-8, but Wayment said when it comes to rivalry games, it doesn't matter how one team is doing at that juncture in the season.
"It's a rivalry," he said. "Anything can happen."
Chapman, the Royals' star big man, struggled with a unique defense implemented by the Silverwolves and he was flummoxed often throughout the evening, held to a total of four points all of which came from the free-throw line.
"I can have a bad game and I have solid, solid players behind me who can win us a game, and tonight proves that," he said.
Fremont's usage of a diamond zone press took Chapman out of the equation throughout the game, and, in the first half, it had Roy on its heels as the Silverwolves took a 29-22 lead into halftime.
"We weren't ready for it," Wayment said. "We came out in the second half prepared for it."
The senior guard scored 15 of his game-high 22 points in the second half and ignited a 9-2 third-quarter run that got the Royals back even with the Silverwolves after two free throws from Wayment gave his team renewed life.
"He was huge," McClure said of his senior. "A huge spark."
McClure said it was only a matter of time before his guards surrounding Chapman would break the defense employed by the Silverwolves.
Along with Wayment's four 3-pointers, Hadley had two, as did sophomore guard Logan LaRose.
"We just missed some good shots early on," McClure said. "I knew eventually they'd start to go down."
Fremont senior Kade Criswell paced the Silverwolves on offense with a team-high 12 points, as did junior guard Bryce Graves who came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers and score 11 points.
But stealing the spotlight from Chapman and the rivalry the two schools are separated by only 11 miles was Jesse Wayment, who willed his team to victory in the second half with timely long-range shots and a tenacious attitude.
"Rivalries are always going to be intense," he said.
On Tuesday night, Wayment's intensity helped his team win bragging rights until 2013.