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Williston boys team clinches second seed

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By Jim Clark

The Williston boys basketball team clinched the second seed in the district tournament with a 46-42 win over Dixie County Thursday night.

That means a first-round bye in the tournament, which will be held at Williston.

The Red Devils won a pair of district contests in the past week against two teams called Indians, knocking off a stubborn Chiefland team, 66-37 last Friday, then defeating a depleted Fort White squad, 53-31, Tuesday at home.

A second seed in a six-team tournament means a first-round bye.

CHIEFLAND GAME: The Indians didn't find out until 2 p.m. Friday how many players would be eligible and whether there would even be enough to have a JV game. But all but one got clearance and both games went ahead.

The Indians stayed tough, trialing only 27-26 late in the second quarter and 34-31 early in the third. But then the Red Devils outscored Chiefland 24-8 over the rest of the period, and the game was virtually over.

"We got better," said Chiefland coach Mark Lundy, whose team had been smothered by the Devils a few weeks ago. "I'm proud of our kids after the mindset," indicating the uncertainty of who would be eligible for the game.

The Indians were involved in a fight with Fort White a week earlier, but only one player was disciplined seriously enough to be absent from the Williston game.

Isaac Floyd had 17 points, and Devin Timmons and Deonte Welch each scored 13 for Williston. Free throws continued to plague the Devils, as they hit only eight in 22 attempts.

FORT WHITE GAME: Maybe the visiting Indians should play every game with a running clock.

Williston dominated things early. With the score 10-10, the Devils reeled off 18 points in a row, and at halftime it was 33-15.

By the end of the third quarter the score reached 51-15, putting the mercy rule of a 35-point lead into effect as the fourth quarter would be played with no stoppages of time, other than time outs (there weren't any).

But suddenly Fort White came to life, outscoring the Devils 16-2 in that fourth period. The Indians' press took its toll as they got numerous steals against the suddenly ineffective Devils.

Isaac Floyd led the scoring with 11, Paul King scored 10, including a trio of three-pointers, and C.J. James added 10.

The boys return home Saturday night for the second game of a girls-boys doubleheader against Dunnellon.