The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils were hitting on all cylinders in their Jan. 7 in-county matchup with the Blackville-Hilda High Hawks.
Fueled by the plays of Justice Wallace and Kalief Freeman, the Blue Devils torched the Hawks by a score of 64-41.
The front court plays of Freeman and Wallace made life miserable for the Hawks. The duo produced 54.6 percent of the offense with 35 points and 22 rebounds between the two players.
Freeman did the most damage with 18 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Wallace had his best numbers of the season with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 2-1 in region play.
Williston-Elko High coach Kenneth Lipsey said, defensively the team picked up the tempo in the second half.
"I thought we did a better job of tightening the screws in our zone defense. We didn't award them with good looks at the baskets. We also did a good job of limiting them to one shot opportunities."
The Blue Devils not only locked in on defense, but their offensive flow also improved. For the Blue Devils, Trimayane Whetstone, Antionio Coleman and Nate Cunnigham were outstanding in transition by converting turnovers into easy fast break points.
Whetstone, who opened with seven points in the first quarter, finished with 10 points and seven steals. Coleman had a good all-around performance with seven points, eight assists and five steals. Cunnigham came on strong after being held scoreless in the first half. Cunningham, who connected on a halfcourt shot to end the third quarter, finished with 10 points.
For Blackville-Hilda High, things didn't end so well after a promising start. In the first half the Hawks stuck with the Blue Devils like glue. After digging themselves an early second quarter hole, Hawks overcame a seven point deficit to take a 28-25 halftime lead.
However, in the second half, the Hawks barely could buy a basket. The team missed 30 of 26 shots from the floor.
"It's tough to beat anyone when you can't put the ball in the hoop," Blackville-Hilda High coach Michael Beasley said. "After a pretty good first half performance, we came out in the second half and forced too many shots."
For the Hawks, Montreal Isaac led the way with 13 points and Barry Armstrong added 11 points.
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