Boys win on Senior Night

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By Jim Clark

Williston's boys are in the middle of mop-up week, the time between regular season district competition and the post-season, which starts next week at home.

But Coach David Vespignani says his team has some unfinished business this week, and they've already taken care of part of it.

First, though, came Senior Night last week against Dunnellon, and the Devils knocked off the Tigers once more, 65-59.

It was a night to send the seniors off, and Vespignani says one of the goals is never to lose on Senior Night.

The Devils took care of business in that one, although things didn't look too good in the first half. The score was tied 10 times in those 16 minutes, and then a Dunnellon surge gave the Tigers a 43-36 lead at the break.

The coach reminded his team that the last time they had played, they held Dunnellon to 50 the whole game, and now they had 43.

The players took it to heart, holding Dunnellon to just 16 points in the second half.

Williston scored the first six oints in the half, two on layups by Isaac Floyd and a tip-in by C.J. James. After a Tiger basket, six more points gave the Devils the lead, as James tipped in another shot, Devin Timmons had a three-pointer and Deonte Welch had a free throw.

Another Timmons three and a putback by Welch lifted the Devils to a 53-50 lead after the end of the third period.

In the fourth Williston started with an old-fashioned three-point play by Kelcey Coleman and a jumper by Timmons to make it 58-50, and lthe lead hovered around that point for the rest of the game. Coleman made 3-of-4 foul shots in the final 32 seconds.

Coleman finished with 16 points, Timmons had 13 and James and Floyd each had 12.

Dunnellon's 6-foot-6 junior, Kris Alcindor (no relation to the player who eventually became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), had 16 points, but 11 of those came in the first half. "We made him run the first half," said Vespignani, and Alcindor didn't appear to have the legs in the second half. Also, James Hunt, Williston's freshman big man, didn't play the first half because of a violation of team rules, so when he got in there in the second half with fresh legs, Alcindor found himself more closely guarded.

This week the Devils were trying to get some paybacks, and it started off well, with a 63-52 win over Santa Fe. Williston is scheduled to play at Trinity Catholic tonight (Thursday), trying to avenge an earlier loss that spoiled another of Vespignani's goals. "We wanted to go unbeaten at home, and we came up one point short." That was a 39-38 loss to the Celtics a couple of weeks ago.

Friday the Devils will play at Bronson in a rivalry game to close out the regular season, then rest for a week before the district semifinals at home the following Friday.