Warsaw's Nic Moore shoots for two of his school-record 50 points during Friday's game against Fort Wayne South Side. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Warsaw's Nic Moore shoots for two of his school-record 50 points during Friday's game against Fort Wayne South Side. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
In Warsaw Community High School coach Doug Ogle's opinion, Nic Moore's performance Friday night re-established him as the best basketball player in the state.

The 5-foot-9 Moore was simply amazing, bringing Warsaw fans to their feet time and time again as he scored a school-record 50 points and led the Class 4A No. 3 Tigers to a 90-72 win over the Fort Wayne South Side Archers (0-1).
"I've seen all the players in the state in Nic's class that are supposedly better than him," said Ogle, whose team improved to 3-0 wih the 18-point win. "I would take Nic over all of them. With this performance, he re-established himself as the best player in the state."

Moore finished the game 16 of 24 from the field overall, 6 of 10 from three-point range, and made good on all 12 of his free throw attempts.

Moore's previous career high was 32 points, and his offensive outburst against the Archers broke Mike Niles' school record of 49 points, a mark set in an 86-77 win at Fort Wayne Central on Dec. 11, 1965.

"I'm not focused on the points and school records and stuff," said Moore, who will play collegiately at Illinois State University. "It's cool to have your name on top, but I just want to help my team win. I'd rather make another deep run in the tournament."

Moore scored 14 of the Tigers 23 points in the first quarter and had 23 points by halftime.

He added 15 more points in the third quarter, and his record-breaking 50th point came via a nothing-but-net three-pointer with 1:06 remaining in the game.

"I told Nic if he got close to the record, we'd let him go for it," said Ogle. "He had 40 with about four minutes to go, so we let him go for it. I don't feel there's anything wrong with that. It was a special night."

The Tigers led 23-21 after one quarter of play and 38-37 at halftime.

There were seven ties and nine lead changes in the first 16 minutes of action.

The second half, however, was anything but competitive, as Moore and the Tigers were just too much for South Side.

"Coach told us at halftime that we'd seen them for 16 minutes, and they've seen us for 16 minutes," said Moore. "We went out in the second half and put the game away."

The Tigers certainly did that, as they used a 25-6 run in the third quarter to completely take control of the game.

"It happened so fast in the third quarter," said Ogle. "The wheels just fell off for South Side."

Warsaw was 17 of 25 (68 percent) from the field in the second half and 29 of 48 (60 percent) for the game, while the Archers finished the contest 29 of 48 (41 percent) from the field.

Junior Jordyn Coon chipped in with 11 points, while senior Travis Thomas scored eight points, junior Jay Holladay scored six points and junior Lucas Grose added five points and eight rebounds.

As he did the majority of the time when Bishop Luers and current Ohio State freshman Deshaun Thomas came to town, Moore stole the spotlight in Friday's game against the Archers, who were led by Purdue recruit Raphael Davis.

The 6-6 junior scored 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds for South Side, but fans will remember the game for Moore's sensational performance.

"He played on my AAU team all summer," Moore said of Davis. "He was my roomate on trips to AAU tournaments."

Jaymaris Alexander chipped in with nine points for South Side, while Dustin Hall scored nine points and Teolia Tillis, Tyrion McNair and Dalonte George finished with six points each.

The Tigers are in action again Friday when they host Rochester.

WARSAW 90, SOUTH SIDE 72

SS 21 16 9 26 - 72

W 23 15 30 22 - 90

South Side - Teolia Tillis 3-3 0-0 6, Tyrion McNair 2-6 0-0 6, Dustin Hall 3-12 0-0 9, Devin Jones 0-1 3-4 3, Jaymaris Alexander 5-7 1-2 12, Ty Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Demarcus Norfleet 0-1 0-0 0, Raphael Davis 9-23 4-4 24, Dominique Gleason 0-0 0-0 0, Dalonte George 3-5 0-0 6, Deion Williams 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 26-64 11-17 72.

Warsaw - Brock Anson 0-0 0-0 0, Jared Bloom 0-0 0-0 0, Joey Sparkman 1-2 0-0 3, Brock Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Nic Moore 16-24 12-12 50, Christopher O'Hara 0-0 0-0 0, Jordyn Coon 5-7 1-3 11, Rhett Kesler 0-1 0-1 0, Lucas Grose 2-4 1-2 5, Jay Holladay 1-2 0-2 3, Jalen Roscoe 1-3 1-2 3, Travis Thomas 1-2 8-8 11, Clay Anderson 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 29-48 23-30 90.

Three-pointers - South Side 9 (Hall 3, McNair 2, Davis 2, Alexander), Warsaw 9 (Moore 6, Holladay 2, Sparkman). Rebounds - South Side 33 (Davis 8), Warsaw 33 (Grose 8). Turnovers - South Side 15, Warsaw 17. Fouls - South Side 25, Warsaw 20. Fouled out - Tillis. Records: South Side 0-1, Warsaw 3-0.

JV - Warsaw 46, South Side 31

Warsaw - Jared Bloom 14, Tim Ahlersmeyer 11, Cameron Barrett 9, Jordan Wray 6, Kevin West 4, Taylor Cone 2

Warsaw record: 3-0