WARREN – The SS. and Paul Heralds only have 20 boys to choose from and they have struggled getting 12 on the team.

So they are already at a disadvantage, and it reared its ugly head as the Windham Bombers ran up and down the court on them, 73-19 in Division IV sectional semifinal game Tuesday at Harding High School.

“That’s the usual,” SJP coach Tom Penna said. “We’ve struggled all year like that. We’re not physically strong enough.”

It went so well for the Bombers; every player who got into the game scored at least two points with Toren Roubic leading the Bombers with 23 points.

Fifth-seeded Windham, which advances to meet third-seeded Bloomfield in a sectional final Friday at 6, exploded to a 24-4 lead after one and with six different players scoring.

The Bombers lost a little bit of their concentration, and only scored six points in the second quarter but defensively held up well limiting the Heralds (1-19) to three points.

“When you get a big lead, you sometimes lose your concentration,” Windham coach Marty Hill said. “We pressed in the first six minutes, I told the kids when we got to 20, and we weren’t going to press anymore. We took it off and lost a little bit of our aggressiveness. It’s not an excuse, you still have to play good half-court defense.”

The Bombers got back to business in the second half outscoring the Heralds, 43-12, as a young Windham team that starts only one senior and two freshmen got a look at the future.

“We knew they were young and struggled a bit,” Hill said. “The best thing about a game like this is the young kids get a chance to play in the tournament and get some experience. I thought in the second half, we did a better job offensively running our zone offense. When we got that lead, we took some dumb shots.”

Fortune is a correspondent for the (Warren) Tribune Chronicle.

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