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Patrick Spoonamore and the Williamstown Demons came out firing in their first game of the season against Carroll County. Pushing tempo and forcing turnovers, the Demons earned a 74-58 win.
Spoonamore scored 31 points to lead the Demons, but credits his teammates for giving him scoring opportunities.
“The basket looked like I could throw a car in it,” Spoonamore said. “It feels amazing, but I couldn’t have done it without the passing of my teammates. They gave me the ball so I could score. We played as a team.”
“It’s always nice to win,” coach Stacey May said. “My kids played as hard as they possibly could. I’ve been preaching good things happen when you play hard. If we had lost, I couldn’t have been upset with them. We played that hard.”
Carroll County led after the first quarter, but Storm Mason hit a three pointer to quickly tie the game at 16-16. Spoonamore drove to the basket and hit Todd Vice, who put the Demons ahead 21-16, but Carroll County kept fighting to stay in the game, taking the lead again.
But Mason worked the offensive glass and drew a foul, sinking two free throws and retaking the lead for Williamstown. Spoonamore ended the half by stealing the ball and passing to Dustin Bryant for a basket and a foul. After Bryant hit his free throw, the Demons headed into halftime with a 28-24 lead after a fast-paced first half.
To start the third quarter, the Demons went on a run, widening their lead to 39-33. Forcing turnovers, the Demons held Carroll County scoreless for a majority of the third quarter and lead 48-38 after the third quarter.
The Demons kept their offense flowing as each player looked for the open man and made the extra pass, as Bryant connected with Vice on a no-look pass for another basket and a foul. Vice missed the free throw, but Mason again came up big on the offensive boards, coming down with a rebound.
The Demons had a lead of 18 points as they cruised to a 74-58 win.
“We worked hard this summer and I’m glad to see their hard work pay off,” May said. “Part of our style is to push the ball at times. We wanted to push it. When the game slowed down, we wanted to execute and get better looks.”
Spoonamore, who also scored 17 in a loss to Owen County, earned NCKC player of the week honors and also tied a school record for three pointers with nine against Carroll County.
“He was unconscious,” May said. “Patrick is the kind of player that the points don’t matter to him. Zack drew the defense in by penetrating and finding the open guys.”
“Our coaches have prepared us for what we would come up against,” Spoonamore said. “We worked as a team and that’s due to the coaches.”
Vice and Bryant had 11 points each, Anglin had eight points, Wes Philpot had five points and Mason and Eric White each had four points.
“We played good team basketball,” Anglin said. “We didn’t care who scored. We just wanted the victory. When we play as a team, we’re dangerous because we can all shoot the ball. We just try to get the best shot possible.”
Braves fall to Owen County, but bounce back against Bellevue
Against Owen County, the Demons started off cold from the floor, but fought to stay in the game. Unfortunately, the shots never started falling and they came away with a 73-49 loss.
“I think the first thing is we need to improve on our defensive rotation and communication. If we do that, I think we can be competitive,” coach May said. “The positive from the Owen County game is the way we played with them for the first half. We led 16-14 after the first quarter. We just have to continue that level of play for the full four quarters.”
“It’s a learning experience,” Bryant said. “We learned if we’re not shooting well, we need to go to the basket and draw fouls. We have to win the games we’re supposed to win and we have to play as hard as we can against the teams that are tough competition.”
“Their size gave us some problems,” Mason said. “When the shots weren’t falling, we tried to do it as individuals instead of coming together. We have to figure out what teams are going to give us and take it. There’s not a defense out there that won’t give you something.”
It seemed the Demons learned their lessons as they took it to Bellevue, winning 86-65.
Wes Philpot led Williamstown with a career-high 35 points.
“My teammates fed me the ball when I was hot,” Philpot said. “It felt good to do it on the road because everyone picked them to beat us and we beat them by 20. It’s a pretty good confidence builder. We want to continue this for every game and keep up the intensity. We played well as a team.”
The Demons didn’t score in the first five minutes but then found their rhythm as they scored 14 in the final three minutes of the first quarter.
“It was a good win,” coach May said. “There’s a lot of people coming and scouting different things, but I believe they are wasting their time because it could be one of eight guys going off at any point. It seems like it’s a different player every night who steps up because we play team basketball.”
Along with Philpot’s 35, White scored 12 points, Spoonamore scored 11 points, Storm Mason scored 10 points, Vice scored seven points and Anglin and Bryant had five points each.