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Sun, March 29

Sedona, Mayer get by Vikings

The Williams High School boys basketball team came close Saturday night at home against Mayer but suffered a 67-50 setback.

The game was closer than the score might indicate. Mayer got off to a 13-point lead in the first quarter but couldn’t put Williams away. The Vikings played hard, made some runs and stayed within striking distance.

Midway through the fourth, however, Mayer went on a 9-0 run to put the game out of reach.

“We were making Phantom passes,” WHS coach Dave Green said, citing turnovers as a problem. “We’d make the pass and pray that somebody got to it.”

One of the keys to Mayer’s success was inside with its height. The Wildcats were able to grab offensive rebounds off missed shots and do the same type of damage on defense on missed shots by the Vikings.

Steffen Eikenberry, Williams’ big man in the middle, could not play because of illness.

“I think Curtis Bardsley and Tell Eckel played really hard,” Green said. “We took some charges, which we didn’t do in the first half. We just broke down on the passing.”

The first four minutes of the game were fairly noneventful with Mayer leading 3-2. The Wildcats hit a three-pointer in the first 20 seconds but didn’t score again for more than four minutes. Williams managed a basket by Bardsley but also couldn’t find the hoop.

By the end of the first, however, Mayer had it going and led, 19-6. The Wildcats led by as many as 16 in the second quarter before Williams began a comeback effort.

It began with three-pointers by Gil Pacheco and Eckel. The rest of the quarter, Pacheco and Bardsley kept finding the hoop and the Vikes trailed by 10 at the break.

In the second quarter, Bardsley scored eight of his 15 points.

That momentum carried over into the third quarter. Baskets by Bardsley, Eckel and Mario Orozco cut the deficit down to 36-32. Mayer responded with an 11-0 run and Williams didn’t score for nearly six minutes, finally hitting a shot on a three-pointer by Eckel at the buzzer.

In the fourth, the Wildcats maintained a safe lead for the victory.

Along with Bardsley’s 15, Eckel scored 14 and Pacheco had 12.

Sedona Red Rock downed Williams early in the week by an 80-31 count. The Scorpions held leads of 22-4 after the first and 44-10 at halftime to put the game away early.

Green said Sedona is a very physical team, which caused problems for the Vikings.

Eikenberry was the top WHS scorer with seven points. Four other players each had six — Eckel, Pacheco, Bardsley and Juaquin Ortiz.

The Vikings took a 1-4 region record and 5-15 overall record into Tuesday’s game against Salome. The Vikings-Frogs game was played after the newspaper’s deadline.

Next up for Williams will be Orme on Friday. The varsity game is scheduled for a 7 p.m start. Mogollon visits Williams Tuesday.

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