The 6-foot quarter was spectacular as he scored a game-high 22 points and dished out four assists. He started cooking at the start of the third quarter. Chaminade held a 24-22 halftime lead but Ward scored eight straight points as the Red Devils advanced. Senior guard Walt Straughter dropped in a lay-up with 4 minutes and 7 seconds left in the third to make it 36-26 for the Red Devils.
“(I was) just finding my teammates and shooting the ball when I’m open,” Ward said. “Today was okay and everyone was happy for me. Finding my big man and my shooters on the wing. They were knocking them down today.
Chaminade coach Frank Bennett said, “He makes really good decisions with basketball. It doesn’t need a lot of stepping to get into the paint and get things moving.
Senior forward Filip Sinobad scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Dubbed the “Serbian Sniper” by his classmates, the student section of Chaminade celebrated the 6-foot-7 Sinobad by dressing in Serbian colors and chanting “Serbia! Serbia!” throughout the game.
Walt Straughter finished with 10 points while fellow senior guard and twin brother Nate Straughter had 10 points and seven rebounds.
1 big school, CBC (8-5, 0-1) was led by senior point guard Robert Martin, who had 17 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Chaminade decided to try to neutralize the explosive Martin by sending him a double team every time he had the ball in attacking half court. Without its main playmaker controlling the action, CBC was in bad shape from the start.