Williston boys win district

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By Jim Clark

Williston High won the boys district basketball championship Saturday night with a 64-60 win over P.K. Yonge.

The Red Devils will play a regional home game this Thursday at 7 p.m. against Interlachen.

Williston trailed by one point, 31-30, halfway through the third period. But Isaac Floyd drained a three-pointer and followed it with a spectacular fast-break layup to make it 35-31, and Williston never gave the lead back. After P.K. closed to within one, C.J.James had a tip-in and, after two free throws by the Blue Wave, the Devils closed out the period with a layup by Kelcey Coleman and another three-pointer that just beat the buzzer by Floyd.

In the final period, the 42-36 lead eventually mushroomed to 11 points as Deonte Welch led a surge, and with just under a minute to go, after P.K. had closed to within five, James had a layup and made the free throw for a three-point play with 57.8 seconds left. A late three-pointer and a basket by P.K. only made the score closer.

The one player who had a good night for P.K. was Josh Snodgrass, who dumped in 32, 30 or 29 points, depending on which score sheet you looked at, many on long-range shots, but none were easy. "He scored 30," said Williston coach Dave Vespignani, "but we made him work for every basket." Floyd led the team with 17 points, Welch scored 12, Coleman added 11, James had 9, Devin Timmons scored 8 and James Hunt had 7. The team was 5-for-11 on three-pointers and pulled down nine offensive rebounds.

The Devils got to Saturday's game with a thriller against Newberry on Friday. Williston got a buzzer-beater layup from Coleman in overtime to beat the Panthers, 45-44 in the district semifinal.

Newberry had the ball with the score tied, trying to work for the last shot. However, with 5.7 seconds to go, the Devils fouled.

The Panthers missed the first shot and made the second, giving them a 44-43 lead. Williston got the ball to Welch near midcourt and he rifled a pass to Coleman in the corner. Coleman drove the baseline and laid it in as the buzzer sounded.

Neither team scored in the final minute and a half of regulation after Newberry tied the score with a pair of free throws at 39.

Coleman led the team with 11 points, Hunt had 10, James 8, Welch 7, Floyd 4, Timmons 3 and Carlton Wilcox had 2.