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Red Devils fall out of KOS tourney

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By Steve Jarboe

It was the losers bracket on Tuesday, Dec. 28, and the Williston Red Devils who was defeated by North Marion was matched against the Tourney host Vanguard Knights, who fell to PK Yonge.

Again the Red Devils started off cold and managed just 9 first quarter points to trail the Knights 16-9.

The defense picked up for the Red Devils and shots began to fall in a slow moving second quarter as the Red Devils pulled up to tie the game at intermission 29-29.

The defense for the Red Devils continued to play aggressive, but again there were stretches that the Red Devils just couldn't buy a basket, or get a rebound at either end of the floor.

The Red Devils did manage to hold a 44-42 lead as the low scoring third quarter ended.

The third quarter saw five ties as neither team could pull away.

The Red Devils were again hampered by several questionable fouls, and the Knights turned the ball over several times before they could pull away.

As the fourth and final quarter got underway, the Knights jumped out to one of the biggest leads of the game at 57-50 with just under four minutes remaining in the game.

Following a Red Devil time out, Tre Wilson brought the house down with a gigantic slam dunk that pulled the Red Devils to within five points of tying the game.

With just over one minute left in the game, Paul King hit his first basket of the game and was fouled. King completed the 3-point play to pull the Red Devils to within two points at 57-55. With 30 seconds remaining in the game Jacques Edwards tied the game at 57-57 with a tip in.

The Red Devils defense played very well but was called for a foul as the Knights were holding the ball for the final shot. Being on the bonus the Knights connected on both free throws for a 59-57 lead.

The Red Devils missed a shot that would have tied the game and were forced to foul with 7 seconds left in the game.

The Knights made one of two for a 3 point lead at 60-57. The game ended before the  Red Devils could get a shot off.

"I was pleased with the way our defense played today, we played much better than we did last night," said Red Devil Coach Steve Faulkner. " We had one starter hurt and several players not here, it would have been interesting to see how our offense would have faired with all our players," Faulkner said following the game.

The Red Devils will resume their regular season schedule Jan. 4, as they host District foe Newberry. Then on Jan. 7, the Red Devils will travel to Santa Fe where they will play the Raiders for the District lead. Both Williston and Sants Fe are tied for the District lead.