WILLIAMSTOWN - When eight of th 10 players on your high school basketball team are either freshmen or sophomores, you are bound to experience some highs and lows.
Williamstown proved this to be true as they pulled out to a 25-point third quarter lead before hanging on to defeat the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights,73-65, in Little Kanawa Conference action Tuesday night at Williamstown High School.
"We were in control of the game for a very large part of it," said Williamstown head coach Scott Sauro. "We let them get back in it a little bit, but we are young and we will have to learn from our mistakes."
Williamstown (2-0) came out firing in the opening quarter as the 'Jackets connected on 9-of-15 shots to take a 22-8 lead.
Jarric Hoskins' fifth trey of the game sparked a 15-2 Yellowjacket run that increased the lead to what appeared to be a comfortable margin at 60-35.
There would be no quit however in the Knights as a full court press seemed to rattle the young 'Jackets.
Tyler forced Williamstown into nine final quarter turnovers and by the time the charge ended, the Knights had completed a 20-2 run and closed the lead to just seven points at 62-55.
"Our kids never let up," said Tyler head coach J.C. Kimble, noting that three of his kids were playing while feeling under the weather. "
A Williamstown bucket by Dakota Watson put an end to the Tyler run, and Hoskins and Gage Wix followed with scores to inch the lead back to 13 at 68-55.
Wix finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 28 points while grabbing 10 rebounds for WHS.
"He's a very talented sophomore," said Sauro of Wix, who hit on 12-of-23 shot attempts in the game. "He works very hard and I think he has a very bright future ahead of him."
Hoskins added 20 points, while Weber finished in double figures with 11.
Tyler (2-2) was paced by Scott Sole's 21 points, while Dylan Romine contributed 20 points, seven steals, five rebounds, and five assists for the Silver Knights.