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Williams boys see tough time in Camp Verde

Maricopa put some pressure on Williams, but Green said his team mostly made mistakes with unforced errors.

“We were sloppy with our ball-handling in the first half and a little weak on defense,” Green said. “Their big kid, he hurt us coming off the screens.”

Green was referring to Maricopa’s Jeremy Gilder, who finished with 27 points.

Gil Pacheco and Bardsley were the top scorers for the Vikings. Pacheco finished with 17 points, which included a pair of three-pointers. Bardsley pumped in 14 points.

Fredonia 48, Williams 30

Fredonia had another shot to beat Williams after the buzzer-beating loss to the Vikings back in early December. Bardsley hit a three-point shot to give the Vikings a 49-47 victory over the Lynx in the Williams Pepsi Tournament.

This time around, there would be no late-game heroics for either team. Fredonia opened up a close game in the second quarter and never looked back in a 48-30 triumph.

“We just played terrible defense on their cutters coming off the pick,” Green said. “The third quarter really killed us.”

Williams and Fredonia were tied, 10-10, after the first quarter before the Lynx opened up a nine-point advantage by halftime. But in the third, Fredonia really took control by outscoring the Vikings by 10 points to up the lead to 19.

“Fredonia controlled the middle part of the game,” Green said. “Defensively, we were out of it. And when we were in our offensive pattern, we couldn’t get the ball set up.”

Williams also had little success getting opportunities at the free-throw line. Against Fredonia, the Vikings were 2-for-8 from the foul line, that following a 4-for-8 performance in the opener vs. Maricopa.

Williams was led in the scoring department by Bardsley’s nine. Pacheco added seven.

The Vikings (0-1 in region, 3-7 overall) now get back into conference action with games Jan. 11-12.

On Jan. 11, Williams will head to Orme. The Vikings then host St. Johns on Jan. 12 in the first home game in more than a month.

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