The Williston Red Devils boys’ basketball team hosted the North Marion Colts Feb.1 to celebrate its Senior Night before a packed house.
Missing for this final regular season home game was senior David Heinkel, a three-year varsity player for the Red Devils who was out of town on a football visit to a college in Missouri.
Heinkel was a two-year starter for the Red Devils will return for the district playoffs which begin for the Red Devils Friday night.
After falling behind 2-0 to the Colts, senior Tre Wilson dropped in a 3-point basket to lift the Red Devils to a lead they would not give up for the entire night.
Taking an 18-6 lead after the first quarter, the Red Devils continued to shuffle players in and out of the game the entire first half, as they ran out to a 37-18 halftime lead.
Giving his seniors plenty of playing time, Red Devil Coach Steve Faulkner continued his winning ways with the Red Devil basketball program.
The Red Devils went on to take a 58-32 lead after three quarters of play. Senior Tre Wilson, after scoring 17 points, turned an ankle at the end of the third quarter and was taken to the bench for the remainder of the game.
The Red Devils continued to roll on as they downed the Colts 77-54 on their final regular season home game. Wilson led the Red Devils with his 17 points while senior Damien Strange had 15, including his first slam dunk of the season. Seniors Tyus Williams and Nate Watson had 12 points each while senior Shykel Rambert added six points for the Red Devils
Freddy Goins led the Colts with 12 points.
The Red Devils will see their next action Friday at Fort White as they take on Bradford in the District playoffs. Game time is 6 p.m.
The JV game saw the Colts’ JV hold off a late Red Devil JV run to take the win. The Red Devil JV team trailed 46-40 after three quarters, but rallied to take a 52-50 lead over the Colts’ JV for their first lead of the game. The JV Colts rebounded for the win 64-58.
At half time of the JV game a Special Award was presented to Williston Teacher Becky Hilty. Becky was chosen by her principal to receive the award presented by the Orman Masonic Lodge 117. The award went to a teacher who has gone above and beyond with their personal finances buy school supplies out of their own pocket. Hilty was presented a check for $300 to be used for supplies.