FOREST CITY – So much for taking some time to find a rhythm.

The Waldorf men's basketball team opened the 2017-18 season in fine form Saturday night at the Hanson Fieldhouse, blowing the game open early with a decisive run en route to an 88-68 win over visiting Silver Lake.

"This was a great team win," Waldorf head coach Nigel Jenkins said. "We had a lot of contributions from different guys, and our defense was very good to start the game."

The Warriors defense held the Lakers scoreless for the opening eight minutes of the contest as Silver Lake went 0-for-8 from the field and committed seven turnovers.

With the defense dominating, the Warriors (1-0 overall) pulled away, scoring early and often, with Kaden Verdin throwing in nine of the first 25 points for Waldorf.

A Brain Smith bucket seven minutes into the action made it 25-0, and Waldorf's advantage never was threatened.

The Warriors led as much as 32-5 after an Ocatvious O'Large bucket in the first half, and the Lakers (0-1) never got within single digits.

Despite the dominating performance, Coach Jenkins wasn't relaxing with the victory.

"We still have a lot of work to do," he said. "Our ultimate goal is to get better each game we play."

Verdin led the Warriors with 21 points and nine rebounds in the win, while Falmata Tula added 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Smith scored 15 for Waldorf.

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