Williston rallies for overtime win

Published: Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.

WILLISTON — Trailing by 10 points with 1:36 left in the fourth quarter, Williston appeared to be on its way to a loss to Eastside in the nightcap of the inaugural Mighty Ike Shootout on Saturday.

However, the Red Devils rallied in the third game of the event named after former Williston basketball and football standout Isaac Floyd, who died in a car accident in December of 2011.

Senior Tre Wilson poured in a game-high 23 points and capped Williston’s late 11-1 run with a driving layup which sent the game into overtime.

Damien Strange then netted four of his 11 points in the extra session as the Red Devils came away with a 60-58 victory over the Rams.

“I am extremely proud of them, that was a character-building win,” said Williston coach Steve Faulkner. “To me the win just caps off the day, which was about the memory of Isaac.

“The last game Isaac played in our gym, we were in a similar situation, losing to Rockledge by 10 points with about two minutes to go in the regional and fought back to win by eight in overtime to go to the final four.”

Williston trailed 52-42, before Wilson’s one-handed dunk ignited the game-tying run for the Red Devils (5-3). Jaquan Strawder had 14 points for the Rams (2-5) and hit 1-of-2 from the foul line to give Eastside a 53-51 edge with 13.8 seconds left. Wilson answered with one of his numerous drives to the basket to even the game with five seconds left to force overtime.

Thomas Lundy’s 3-pointer gave the Rams a 56-53 edge early in overtime, before Strange’s steal and layup gave the Red Devils a 58-56 advantage with 1:22 to go. It was Williston’s first lead since about the midway point of the third quarter. Eastside’s Sir Jackson (15 points) missed a would-be game-tying jumper in the lane with five seconds to go and the Rams desperation heave at the buzzer was off the mark.

Prior to the finale, Faulkner retired Floyd’s No.3 basketball jersey. The coach, Isaac’s dad Danny and his sister Lenora also shared memories of the fallen star. Proceeds from the tripleheader will benefit the Team Mighty Ike Charitable Foundation in honor of Floyd.

Ed Porter finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds as Hawthorne knocked off Chiefland 57-48 in the second game. Leamon Wilson added 10 points for the Hornets (11-0), who were Class 1A state runners-up last season. Deshawn Roland and G’Angelo McClendon each netted 13 points for the Indians (5-5).

In the opener, Al Barber scored 16 points as Newberry (2-6) downed Bronson 55-39. Andrew Bailey had 18 points for the Eagles (5-6).

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