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No blowout, but still a Wildcats win

Wharton entered Monday's matchup at Armwood as winner of its first four games by an average of 30 points.

And while the Wildcats didn't run Armwood out of the gym as they had their previous opponents, they played steady throughout and answered any Armwood comeback attempt for a 66-53 win.

"I was proud of our guys, the way they responded and took control of the game, not that we were ever way out there as far as a lead," Wharton coach Tommy Tonelli said. "But I think we maintained good control of the game, especially throughout the second half."

After playing to a 15-all tie through the first quarter, Wharton (5-0, 5-0) took command in the second, thanks to two 3-pointers by 6-foot senior guard Adam Noble. Noble's first 3 gave the Wildcats a five-point lead (27-22) and his second, with 55 seconds left in the half, pushed the Wharton lead to 32-24. The Wildcats led 32-25 at halftime.

Armwood (2-4, 1-4) closed the deficit to three early in the third quarter, but Wharton never wavered, pushing the lead immediately back to seven. The Hawks cut the lead to 42-36 at the end of the third but never got closer the rest of the way.

Guard Anthony Gomez had 19 points, along with four steals, to pace Wharton. Shawn Vanzant, who was held to just two points in the first half, had 15 in the second. Armwood senior forward Jason Anthony had a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds.

Wharton 66

Armwood 53