Red Devils’ Roundup: Win some, lose some

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By Steve Jarboe

 Wilson wills Red Devils to district win

It was a night that Red Devil fans were treated to big time Red Devil Basketball. The Williston varsity team hosted district foe, the Bradford Tornadoes, led by their 6’ 10” 250 pound center Justin McBride.

The Red Devils got off to a cold shooting night as they missed five easy lay ups in the first quarter alone as the Tornadoes skirted out to a 17-12 lead as quarter one ended.

The Tornadoes continued to outplay the Red Devils in the second quarter and were helped by the hot hand of Dontare Burch who had 13 first half points for the Tornadoes. The Tornadoes held a 33-27 lead over the Red Devils as the first half ended.

As the second half got underway, Red Devil senior Tre Wilson took his team on his shoulders and erased the Tornado lead half way through the third quarter. Wilson, on three separate occasions, drove the length of the floor, left the floor at the free throw line and flew through the air to the basket with three thunderous slam dunks. His third gave the Red Devils their first lead of the night at 41-39. The Red Devil defense did their part in the exciting third quarter, holding the Tornadoes to just six points the entire quarter. 

Leading 43-39 to start the fourth quarter, the Tornadoes came roaring back in the fourth quarter and took a 55-53 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the game. It was again Wilson who tied the game at 55-55, with a fourth thunderous slam dunk, this time directly over the big 6’10” McBride, who was whistled for his fifth personal foul.

Red Devil Earl Brown then picked up another slam dunk for the Red Devils with just over one minute remaining giving the Red Devils a 57-55 lead. The Red Devil defense then collected a turnover  and Brown was fouled. Brown calmly dropped in both free throws lifting the Red Devils to a 59-55 lead.

The Tornadoes could not connect on their next possession and Damien Strange was fouled by the Tornadoes with 36 seconds left in the game. Strange hit one of two lifting the Red Devils to a 60-55 lead. The Tornadoes got another basket and a foul call with a chance for a three point play. With the score now at 60-57 the Tornadoes missed the free throw. 

The Red Devils’ Strange was again fouled with 12 seconds left in the game. He connected on both free throws giving the Red Devils a 62-57 lead. The game ended with that final score. 

The Red Devils are now 3-1 in district play and Bradford drops to 2-2 in district play. The Red Devils continue district action Friday night Dec. 21, as they host Santa Fe.

Wilson ended the game with 16 points, while Strange had 16 points also. Earl Brown ended with 14 points. Burch led all players for the game with 24 points, while McBride was held to 11 points.



Lady Red Devils are overwhelmed by Lady Tornadoes

The Lady Red Devils were pressed into an early game on Friday, Dec, 12, playing the 4:30 p.m. game instead of the 6 p.m. game due to transportation problems with the visiting Bradford Tornado buses.

The Bradford Lady Tornadoes led by Nyasia Davis came out running and shooting against a turnover prone and cold shooting Lady Red Devil team.

Davis had out scored the entire Lady Red Devil team with 17 first half points, as the first half ended 33-16 in favor of the Tornadoes.

The Lady Tornadoes continued to dominate the game as the Lady Red Devils continued to turn the ball over on numerous occasions. 

The Lady Tornadoes went on to win the district game 64-37 as the gym began to fill to standing room only. Shabree Porter led the Lady Red Devils in scoring with 12 points. Davis ended with 25 points for the Lady Tornadoes.


Red Devil JV fall in overtime 80-68

The Williston JV basketball team played the Bradford JV team in a late starting game before the much anticipated varsity game.

The Red Devil JV wasted little time running out to a 13 point lead as the first quarter ended 23-10. As the game moved forward the Bradford JV began to pick up momentum in each and every trip down the floor. The Bradford JV team pulled to within 8 points at the half 29-21.

The Red Devil JV team was being led by Greg Days and Jarmise Penny who had come to the front as D’onte King and Malik Hall had been moved up to the Varsity for tonight’s game. The Red Devil JV lost 30 points in scoring in the absence of King and Hall. 

This began to show as the Bradford JV continued to chip away at the Red Devil lead in the third quarter as they cut the Red Devil lead to just four  points as the third quarter ended 42-38 on a last second three point basket by Penny.

As the fourth and final quarter got under way, the Bradford JV tied the game at 60-60 with just over two minutes remaining. With 1:05 on the clock, Bradford took their first lead of the game at 63-62. The Red Devils tied the game at 63-63 on a free throw with just four seconds left in the fourth quarter. The buzzer sounded before Bradford could get a shot off sending the game to overtime.

As the four minute overtime period got underway, the Bradford JV team began to pull away as they took a 71-67 lead at the two minute mark of the overtime period. The Red Devil JV was held to just one free throw the rest of the period, as the Bradford JV went on for an 80-68 win. 

Penny ended the game with 19 points and Days added 16 points. Devon Webb had 11 points and Justin White had 10 points for the Red Devil JV. Jacquez Ivey led the Bradford JV team with 25 points.