Warber is the Lakers’ lock-down defender, the one who typically draws the other team’s most dangerous offensive player. He takes more pride in holding an opposing player below his season average than in knocking down baskets of his own.
It was no different Monday night, when the 6-foot-2 senior played fantastic defensively in the Lakers’ Class B regional semifinal win over Comstock Park. His on-the-ball defense made life miserable for the Panthers’ ball handlers for much of the night.
But Warber also gave the Lakers a boost offensively at a time when they needed it the most.
In the closing minutes of regulation, with Comstock Park staging a furious comeback, Warber grabbed an offensive rebound, scored and was fouled. He made the free throw to help the Lakers hang around in a game they eventually won in overtime.
“I just saw the shot go up and I was in good position to rebound it,” said Warber, who immediately went back up for the shot after securing the board. “There was a guy who looked like he wanted to swat it out of the gym, but I was able to get some body, get the foul, and still make the basket.”
Warber then calmly sank the free throw — a spot where he has admittedly struggled this year.
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