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Continuing to show signs of maturity, the Williamstown Demons traveled to the Bellevue Swauger Holiday Classic and took another step forward, giving the competition there all it could handle while making an impression.
Williamstown won just one of its three games in the tournament, but that one win was a big one for the program as the Demons knocked off Menifee County 48-46 in overtime in arguably the best, most exciting game, of the event.
“It was a good win for us, after a disappointing loss against Bellevue,” said Williamstown coach Roger Harden. “We didn’t play well against Bellevue, but I was very happy with the way we bounced back.
“Menifee County was mostly juniors and seniors, and for our young guys to win, especially in overtime, was big for us,” Harden said. “It’s another breakthrough for our team. And I am very happy about that.”
Now Harden and his Demons hope to put up the same kind of impressive performance as they travel out of state to participate in the Buckeye-Bluegrass Classic to be held in Middletown, Ohio, later this week.
“It’s going to be a fun trip for our players,” said Harden. “Not only do we get to represent Williamstown, we also get to represent the state of Kentucky. And we’re thrilled about that.
“For us to be successful, we’re going to have to play hard every game,” continued the Williamstown coach. “We’re going to have to block out and rebound and not give them second chances. And of course we have to limit our turnovers.”
Trailing by just one at the half, Williamstown battled hard the entire way but was never able to take the lead against the host team.
Bellevue had no answer for Williamstown star David Jump, who scored a game-high 27 points, including 14 from the free throw line.
Brennan Stanley and Chaz Jordan also had solid games for the Demons with eight points each. Cameron Varner hit two shots and two free throws for a total of six points to round out Willamstown’s scoring.
Menifee 46 (OT)
After allowing Menifee to come back late and send the game into overtime, Williamstown took care of business in the extra period, possessing the ball for well over four minutes. But it was David Jump’s layup with less than five seconds left on the clock that sealed the win for the Demons.
Jump not only hit the game-winning shot, he dominated from beginning to end with a game-high 29 points, which included three 3-pointers. He was once again key from the free throw line with 10 points from the charity stripe, including six straight in pressure situations at the end of regulation and in overtime.
Chaz Jordan, Brennan Stanley and John Jump all contributed five points each for the Braves, while Cameron Varner rounded out the scoring for the winners with four points.
Menifee County hit five 3-pointers in the game, including three by Jordan Mann late in the contest to bring Menifee back and force the overtime.
Bracken Co. 49,
Down nine in the fourth quarter, David Jump hit three straight 3-pointers to tie the game. But Bracken County was too tough down the stretch and converted its free throws to pull away.
Jump continued to be one of, if not the, top players in the tournament with a game-high 28 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead Williamstown.
Brennan Stanley was next for Williamstown with six points, while John Jump and Carter Sarcione chipped in four points each. Chaz Jordan rounded out the Demons’ offense with two points.