Big shot a big blow to Wilmington
Lakeview (30) Vs. Wilmington (27)
Feb 17, 2010
To foul or not to foul?
That was the question Will Harris and his Wilmington High boys basketball team faced toward the end of their 30-27 District 10, Region 2-AA loss at Lakeview last night.
The Sailors (4-4 region, 9-10 overall) called a timeout with seven seconds left and had a chance for a game-winning shot.
The Greyhounds, who played great defense all evening, had one foul to give.
“We decided not to foul,” Harris said.
Jake Philson made Wilmington pay by knocking down just his fourth 3-pointer of the season at the buzzer to put a damper on the ’Hounds’ playoff hopes.
“If there was a kid we wanted to take their shot, it was him,” Harris said. “He just drained it. Nothing but net.”
Wilmington (5-4, 9-12) sits in third place in the region with no guarantee of a postseason spot. District 10 takes the top two teams and a possible third squad from each region, but the ’Hounds’ fourth region loss could prove costly when at-large teams are selected.
“We have to rely on too many things to make the playoffs at this point,” Harris said. “That was real a backbreaker.”
Harris called it a “very low possession game.”
“They tapped it into the matchup zone, forcing us to take perimeter shots,” he said. “There was very limited opportunities. The gaps closed up quickly if there ever was a gap.”
Wilmington was up 25-22 with two minutes remaining until Lakeview hit a 3-pointer.
With the ’Hounds trailing late, Jake DeMedal, who finished with a team-high 11 points, nailed a jumper with 15 seconds left to tie the game at 27-27.
At that point, Wilmington had committed only four fouls, but used only one of two before Philson hit the game-winner.