Williston wins district boys title

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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 aminute to go, after P.K. had closed to within five, James hada 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 that had a good night for P.K. was Josh Snodgrass, who dumped in 32 points, 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.”

The Devils got to Saturday’s game with a thriller against Newberry on Friday.The Devils got a buzzer-beater layup from Kelcey 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 Deonte Welch near midcourt and he rifled a pass to Coleman in the corner. He 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.

Williston will play at home Thursday night in the regionals against Interlachen, which upset top-seeded Crescent City in that district Friday night but lost to Union County by eight points on Saturday. P.K. must visit Union County. Another Class 3A upset found Trinity Catholic eliminated Friday at the hands of Mount Dora.