HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Chiefland edges Williston to remain unbeaten
Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:12 p.m.
WILLISTON — Chiefland's unblemished boys basketball record looked to be in jeopardy early Friday night, but Indians coach Adam Boyd knew it was only a matter of time before his team went streaking to a 65-62 win.
The fourth-year head coach said his team's three seniors, Deshawn Roland, Kyle Weeks and Shaquille Patterson, are experienced enough to not tuck their tails when their opponents open the game with a 10-0 lead.
“They've been through games like this and especially with us doing so well this year, they know we can come back,” Boyd said.
Williston (9-7, 4-2 District 7-1A) raced out to a 10-1 lead in the opening minutes behind Earl Brown's eight points. But foul trouble plagued the Red Devils center and forward Alex Porter, who also missed most of the second half with calf cramps. Brown played less than five minutes in the first half.
“We were in some pretty big foul trouble in the first half that erased a lot of that momentum,” Williston coach Steve Faulkner said.
But the Indians (15-0, 5-0), who won their previous three games by an average of 25 points, responded with seven straight points in the second quarter to claw back from an 11-point deficit.
But the major comeback came in the second half, when Chiefland's 3-point shooters heated up. Weeks, who contributed eight points in the third quarter, tied the game with a deep 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining. Weeks ended with a game-high 21-points, followed by G'Angelo McClendon with 19.
“We get on streaks,” Boyd said. “We had a game where we went 1-for-15 from the 3-point line but in another game, we had eight in the first half.”
McClendon's trey gave the Indians their first lead shortly into the fourth quarter. McClendon and Roland both contributed a fast break and 3-pointer to push the lead to seven with a little more than two minutes remaining.
“The way they shot the ball in the second half, that's exactly why they won,” Faulkner said. “They dropped a handful of 3s on us, and they were just daggers.”