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11/27/2012 1:24:00 PM
Williams High School varsity basketball teams open season
Vikings start season 1-1 with 74-49 win at Camp Verde Nov. 19 and 63-59 loss at Winslow Nov. 20, Lady Vikes lose season opener 50-10 on the road at Camp Verde Nov. 19
Senior Jeff Brownlee splits the defense and puts up a runner down the middle of the lane over two Winslow defenders Nov. 20. Brownlee led all scorers with 30 points. Todd Roth/NHO
Senior Jeff Brownlee splits the defense and puts up a runner down the middle of the lane over two Winslow defenders Nov. 20. Brownlee led all scorers with 30 points. Todd Roth/NHO
Vikings player Alessandro Fadda battles for the ball mid-air against a Winslow player Nov. 20. Todd Roth/NHO
Vikings player Alessandro Fadda battles for the ball mid-air against a Winslow player Nov. 20. Todd Roth/NHO

David Yankus
Reporter


WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Williams Vikings varsity boys basketball team (1-1) started the 2012-13 season with back-to-back road games on its first two nights of regular season play, splitting the matchups to start the season with a .500 record.

Williams easily won its season opener 74-49 at the Camp Verde Cowboys (0-1) Nov. 19, but then lost 63-59 in a heartbreaker at the Winslow Bulldogs (1-0) Nov. 20.

Against Camp Verde, the Vikings jumped on the Cowboys right from the start and held on for the easy victory. The story was quite a bit different against the Winslow Bulldogs the following evening.

The Bulldogs started the game stronger than the Vikings and held a 21-13 lead after one quarter of play. The margin remained eight points at halftime with Winslow leading 35-27. Williams cut the lead to 49-43 by the end of the third quarter and actually took the lead in the closing minutes of the game.

However, questionable calls and a technical foul ended up playing a huge role in the outcome of the game. There were also several other key plays in the final minutes of play.

The Vikings took a one-point lead on what Winslow coaches and fans thought was a shot that should not have counted. A Williams player released and made a shot that appeared to the crowd to be well after a foul had been called.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, referees called a personal foul and a technical foul on Williams in the waning minutes of the game. Winslow made all four free throws and received the ball out of bounds.

Williams hit 10 of 11 free throws while Winslow made 13 of 22. Williams canned seven three-pointers and 14 two-point shots while Winslow hit 19 two-point field goals and four three-pointers.

Viking senior Jeff Brownlee led all scorers with 30 points. He nailed four of Williams' seven threes and put in a six for six free throw performance. Alessandro Fadda racked up 14 points and Joaquin Salaz scored 11 points for the Vikes.

Michael Goldtooth was the only Bulldog in double figures with 17 points. Only five Williams players scored to Winslow's 10. Lukas Shirley and Stevin Nelson each scored eight points for the Bulldogs.

The Vikings' home opener is tonight against the Joseph City Wildcats (1-0). The boys will also be playing in the Williams Holiday Classic Tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Their next regular season game after the tournament is Dec. 4 at Joseph City.

The Lady Vikes varsity girls basketball team (0-1) started its season with a rough 50-10 road loss against the Camp Verde Cowboys (1-0) Nov. 19.

The Lady Vikes' home opener is also tonight against the Joseph City Wildcats. The girls will also be playing in the Williams Holiday Classic Tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Their next regular season game after the tournament is Dec. 4 at Joseph City.


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