It was a wild night for the Moore League Monday night.
At Poly, Lakewood (9-8, 2-1) beat the Jackrabbits (9-6, 1-1) 90-87 in overtime for the Lancers first win over Poly since 2005. Sophomore Atin Wright led the way with a game-high 38 points.
For Wilson, in recent years, the Bruins hav been an afterthought when it came to the Moore League boys’ basketball conversation.
But, this year’s team is continuing to write its own history as they defeated Millikan 80-73 to move to 3-0 in league play and land atop the Moore League standings — the first win against the Rams in six years according to Millikan coach Chris Francis.
Seniors Matt Schmidt and Jayden Woodard combined for 49 points to lead the Bruins (15-2, 3-0) to the win.
Woodard led Wilson with 18 of his 20 points in the first half, but it was his presence on defense that was key to giving the Bruins an early lead as he jumped into passing lanes to create turnovers.
“We didn’t deserve to win,” Francis said. “We just didn’t deserve to win.”
Schmidt’s play was crucial down the stretch as Millikan (5-10, 0-2) cut the Bruins’ lead to two points after Wilson took a 58-45 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Rams’ push fourth quarter push was led by Julian Smith and Zander Harris who combined for 18 of Millikan’s 28 points. Smith finished with 25 points while Harris scored 15.
“They were speeding us up in the backcourt a lot,” Schmidt said. “So, our coaches just told us to slow it down and spread it out and really focus on making the right dribble and right pass.”
Wilson will now look to keep up its consistent play when they take on Poly Wednesday night.
“These guys are business-like,” Boykin said. “All these games, from where we came last year , one of the things I talk about is the perception on the chest of Wilson that we’ve been the door mat for so long and we got to change that and the guys still kind of have that chip on their shoulder.”