Posted 2/17/10 (Wed)
By Neal A. Shipman
It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but the Watford City Wolves boys basketball team used solid free throw shooting in the final minute to defeat the Trinity Christian Crusaders 61-54 last Tuesday. With the win, the Wolves improved their season record to 13-3.
This week, the Wolves will wrap up their regular season action as Watford City travels to Hazen on Thursday before hosting Dickinson Trinity on Friday.
Watford City 61, Trinity Christian 54
In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, Watford City shot seven of eight at the free-throw line in the final minute of play to seal the win over Region 8 rival, Trinity Christian.
In a hard-fought game, the Wolves held a 12-8 first-quarter lead and were up three points, 27-24, at halftime.
In a battle to the end, Trinity Christian would tie the game 39-39 at the end of the third quarter and hold a 49-47 lead with 5:22 left in the game. But Watford City answered back on a Trey Jacobson basket to tie the game at 49-49. The score would see-saw back and forth until the Wolves took the lead for good, 54-52, when Shawn Fulwider grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a missed Tyler Flatland shot with 1:45 remaining in the game.
Trinity Christian was then forced to foul the Wolves in an attempt to get the ball back and rock-solid free throw shooting by Watford City sealed the win.
Three Watford City players scored in double figures in the win with Trey Jacobson pouring in a game high 21 points pacing both teams in scoring. Also scoring in double figures for Watford City was Tyler Flatland and Shawn Fulwider with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Reid Johnson with seven points, Nick Liebel with six points, while Dillon Langerud and Curtis Lohse netted two points each.
Watford City 12 27 39 61
Trinity Christian 8 24 39 54