The Williams High School boys basketball team got into an early hole and could not climb its way out in a 68-56 setback to Mogollon last week.
The Mustangs rolled in the first half, shooting out to a 44-25 lead by the end of the first half. Mogollon scored 22 points in each of the first two quarters.
“They were real quick, good athletic team,” WHS coach Dave Green said. “They did a good job of driving the ball to the basket.”
Green said Mogollon was also hitting the short jumpers, popping the ball into the basket time after time.
In the second half, Williams played much better and actually outscored the Mustangs in the final two quarters by a 31-24 count.
The game marked a return to the court for Mark Fraser and Gil Pacheco. The team had been without those two players for a period of time. Fraser responded with 17 points on eight field goals and a free throw.
Curtis Bardsley continued his sound play in the second half of the season with 12 points. Tell Eckel had another fine performance for the Vikings, scoring 11 points.
“Frasier played well and Tell really hustled,” Green said. “Steffen Eikenberry had some good boards ....”
Eikenberry’s presence inside was problematic for Mogollon at times. He did have several shot attempts but as the coach said, they just weren’t falling on that night. Eikenberry finished with six points.
Williams fell to 2-6 in the region, 6-17 overall. The Vikings were scheduled to host Sedona Red Rock Tuesday for Senior Night. The game was played after deadline and results will appear in next week’s edition.
The boys will travel to Mayer today for a makeup game with the Wildcats. The two schools were originally scheduled to play last Saturday but poor driving conditions associated with the weather forced the postponement.
There will be no freshmen or junior varsity boys action on Wednesday. The varsity game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.
The final boys home game will be Thursday against Northland Prep, a team Williams defeated early this season. The game will tipoff at 6 p.m.
The team will hit the road again this coming Tuesday when the Vikings travel to Orme.
The region tournament is scheduled for Feb. 10 at a site to be determined.