Wolves Scrap for Win, Beat North

By Nick Goldwyn

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[singlepic id=2878 w=320 h=240 float=left]It was obvious that from the get go Saturday night that the Boys Varsity Cross-town classic would be an ugly game. Both teams were scrappy throughout, and although the score was a little too close for comfort, the Wolves eventually won beat the Vikings (60-57) to win our third straight title under Varsity head coach Bob Williams .

Williams said that it was a good win for the team in all aspects.

“I thought defensively it was a huge step up, (and) that we made great progress on the defensive end,” he said. “It was a big win for us, it’s always big to beat North.”

Williams also said there was great leadership from everyone on the floor, including the two injured co-captains.

Both teams started out playing extremely well defensively, and even though the Vikings racked up a lot of early fouls (10 in the first quarter), they were up 10-7 at the end of the first.

Then the game changed pace, and both teams began putting points on the board. After the stingy first quarter, both teams were determined to put on a show. West and North exchanged the lead four times within five minutes, but eventually (on a pair of junior David McCoy free throws); the Wolves took the lead (29-27) at the half.

The game stayed close throughout the third, and was tied at 35 at the end of three, but it wasn’t until the fourth that the real fun started to happen.  Like the rest of the game, the score was very back forth in the fourth. Senior Cory Dolins hit a three to put West up 41-40, but on the next play the Vikings matched with a three of their own. The Vikings then pulled ahead until sophomore Ahmad Gibson tied the game (at 52) again with a three.

From there it was basically all West, McCoy with a three point and one play put the Wolves up 55-52, Dolins added two key free throws to ice the game, and the Wolves didn’t relinquish the lead from that point.

Gibson lead the team  with 15 points, while McCoy had nine, D.J. Harris had seven, Alex Darville had four, and Dolins had five clutch crunch time points to seal the game.