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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Boys Varsity Basketball

Royals Advance to Sectional Finals

By: Todd Enders, "Royal Times"
The Wynford Royals (7-15) and the Ashland-Crestview Cougars (7-15) faced off in the first round of the Northwest District III Sectional Tournament. The Cougars came in with a sizable advantage in height but that did not affect the Royals and post player, Jake Glowaski. Wynford put together a great team effort on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Coach Steve Mohr was very pleased with the Royals defensive effort. "We played great on the defense, holding them to 37 points on the night." This was a great team effort."
The Royals came out from the opening tip using a fast paced attack pushing the ball up the court on the offensive end. Wynford took an early 7-0 lead forcing Ashland-Crestview to call an early timeout at the 5:53 mark and pushed their lead to 11-0 before the Cougars put any points on the scoreboard with 4:40 remaining in the first quarter. This lead could have been even bigger, but the Royals missed some easy shots in the paint leading after one quarter of play, 17-11.
The Cougars managed to stay within reach of the Royals during the second quarter. Although, Wynford continued to advance the ball up the court on the offensive end while playing very aggressively on defense. Alex Crall, sophomore, gave the Royals a big boost going in at halftime leading, 27-19, hitting a baseline jumper at the buzzer.
The third quarter got off to a slow start for both teams. The first score by either team did not occur until 5:34 when the Cougars hit a big three cutting the Royals lead to six. Another quick steal and dunk by Ashland-Cresview cut the lead to two forcing the Royals to take a timeout. The Royals had great looks at the basket, but could not get anything to fall. The Royals, Mason Davis, finally got Wynford on the board at the 3:00 mark in the third quarter. After all the difficulty with scoring during the third quarter, Wynford still managed to maintain their 29-25 lead during this struggling stretch. The third quarter came to an end with Alex Crall hitting another big shot, a three pointer, with seconds left giving the Royals a 37-30 lead. 
The fourth quarter sent the Royals on a 12-2 run taking a sizable lead. Jake Glowaski was a big part of this run where he added 11 of his game high 19 points. Coach Mohr was very pleased with Jake's performance. "Jake played very well offensively and finished when given the ball in the paint." This run put a dagger in the Cougars and gave Wynford the win finishing off the Ashland-Crestview, 50-37.
Also contributing to the Wynford scoring attack was Mason Davis with 9 and Alex Crall with 7. When asked, "How big this win was for the Royals?"  He replied, "I am very happy for the team. The kids get a chance to play for a sectional championship against, rival, Colonel Crawford." This win improves the Royals to 8-15 on the season and winning four of the last five games. 
The sectional championship game against the Eagles takes place Friday evening at 6:15 pm at Lexington High School.

Announcement: Wynford Athletic Department

The Wynford Athletic Department will be selling boy's sectional final basketball tickets. The Game will be played on Friday February 28th at Lexington High School and will start at 6:15 P.M. Tickets can be purchased during school hours beginning on Wednesday February 26th. Tickets will be sold until Friday February 28th at 12:00 P.M. Adult ticket prices for the basketball game will be $6.00. Student ticket prices for the basketball game will be $4.00. All tickets at the door will be $6.00. Thank you for your support and GO ROYALS!

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