Comeback kings: Varsity boys basketball defeats Railsplitters
Jordan Vellmure, Reporter
The varsity boys basketball team fought hard for their 74-71 win against the Lincoln Park Railsplitters last night.
The game started off by junior forward Cody Burris tipping the ball to senior guard Andrew Vellmure.
Wyandotte got to a quick start when senior guard Bryce Armstrong scored with a lay up, to put them up by two.
“I feel like I played good, but I felt like I could’ve played a little better with turnovers and stuff, and played more like a leader,” Armstrong said.
After that, the railsplitters took control of the game for the rest of the first half. Wyandotte had no answer for Lincoln Park’s explosive offense, as they trailed by as much as thirteen points.
Armstrong was shocked at the pace of play by Lincoln Park at the start of the game.
“They [Lincoln Park] played better than what we expected…[and] a little harder, and we saw that we had to fight to beat them,” Armstrong said.
Towards the end of the half, Wyandotte fought hard, and chipped away at the deficit with a score of 34-27.
Senior leadership was present coming out at halftime as senior forward Brendan Stuart led with strong defense.
Coming off the bench, senior guard Ryley Stewart was disruptive on the defensive end of the floor, causing many Railsplitter turnovers, which led to Bears buckets.
Freshman guard Keyshawn Devlin also contributed offensively with a few clutch three pointers.
Momentum shifted in the middle of the third quarter, as Armstrong drained back-to-back shots to tie the game up at 42.
“I think we played pretty good, we got off to a slow start, but after some adjustments in the locker room we made sure that we ramped up the intensity a little bit,” head coach Josef McKinney said. “We were down, but we just kept pulling back and pulling back, and ended up with the win in the end.”
Both teams rallied at the end of the third quarter to put the game at 46 all.
Wyandotte’s aggressive offense showed in the second half, by drawing fouls, and scoring at the line.
Senior forward David King came off the bench and rejected multiple Lincoln Park shots. This combined with contributing on the offensive end solidified Wyandotte’s comeback.
“I think I played good, and had a good spark off the bench, some good defense at the end, but I’m just glad the team pulled it [the win] out,” King said.
The foul trouble became a key down the stretch, as both teams ended up in double bonus, and converted their foul shots when given the opportunity.
Armstrong closed the door on Lincoln Park by sinking his last three free throws of the game.
Although Wyandotte pulled through in this game, McKinney was unhappy with the effort in the beginning of the game, and plans to work on it during practice.
“I wouldn’t say I’m happy [with the overall play], but I’ll take it, we got a lot of things to work on, but I don’t want to take away from a good, hard fought win,” McKinney said.
Looking to improve their 3-2 record on the year, the Bears travel to Sylvania, Ohio to play Sylvania North View at 7:30pm this Saturday.