Williamsburg turns the tables, stuns Batavia by a big 69-54

February 17th, 2008    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Sports

The Williamsburg Wildcats set out to redress their 25-point loss to the Batavia Bulldogs in December. When you’re hot, you’re hot.

The Wildcats stayed hot from the pre-game warm-up till the final buzzer. Jumping out to a 5-0 lead, Williamsburg never looked back. Two 3-pointers and an inside shot at the buzzer left the Wildcats up 12-6 at the quarter.

In the second quarter Batavia struggled to get a few open shots against the aggressive Wildcat defense. A technical mishap with the scoreboard put the game on hold for several minutes with 4:43 left in the quarter but the breather did not help the Bulldogs as they ended the half down 37-16.

Starting the second half, Williamsburg sizzled, pumping in three 3-pointers in the first four minutes to lead 46-20. The Bulldogs looked like they might come to life as they out-scored the Wildcats seven points to one but the Wildcats pumped in yet another 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter at 50-27.

With 5:51 left in the game Batavia finally found their first 3-point shot. It was a big scoring quarter for the Bulldogs, out-shooting the Wildcats 27-19. But while Batavia doggedly tried to find a way to win, the Wildcats held on, making up at the free-throw line what they lost from the floor. With less than two minutes to go, Batavia pulled to within 13. The Wildcats played the clock and coasted to the finish with some Bulldog fouls and good free-throw shooting. Williamsburg went 11 of 17 from the free-throw line for a respectable 65 percent, while Batavia was 6-14 for 43 percent.

Senior guard Josh Ross led the Wildcats in scoring with 23 points, followed by senior forward DeSean Shelton with 12 and an impressive performance from a freshman, 6'3" center Matthew Richardson with 10.

For the Bulldogs, senior Jacob Florez led the charge with 15 points, followed by senior Eric Simmons with 11 and junior Korey Eads with 9. Williamsburg had a total of six 3-pointers including two by Ross. The Bulldogs totaled a meager three for the game, compared to 12 in the December match-up.

After the game, Williamsburg Coach Andy Stiles contrasted this game to the earlier match-up and credited "a lot better defense this game...we shut down their three pointers." Batavia coach Mike Hatfield was disappointed that his team "did not play very well defensively" and "could not get on a roll."

The pre-game junior varsity contest brought the crowd to their feet at the end as the Wildcats overcame a late surge by the Bulldogs to win in overtime 56-52.

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