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The Williams boys basketball team came to play Feb. 19, controlling the scoreboard the entirety of the home game and grabbing a first round playoff win over the Trinity Wolves, 64-56.
Straight from tip-off, the Yellowjackets dominated the court, both offensively and defensively. Senior Mo Hernandez was at ease from the 3-point line, sinking three of four in the first half. Gabe Bautista controlled the Wolves down low, nabbing several rebounds.
Before the half the scoreboard revealed a 30-18 Williams lead.
Second half game play showed some offensive struggles from the Jackets, but it was just a matter of time before Brian Rosales found his rhythm with four steals and 10 points over the next two quarters. Add in the speed of Ozzy Ruiz – and the lay-ups from Leo Trujillo – and the Yellowjackets had the win.
Hernandez put up 24 total points towards the win. Trujillo contributed 15 and Ruiz added a total of six.
Round two of the playoff was on the road for the YellowJackets, as they headed to Trojan territory to face East Nicolaus on Friday. A hard fought battle between the two teams kept pace on the scoreboard as neither team allowed more than a six-point lead in the first half.
By the third quarter, Williams looked to a contender for the win as Hernandez sunk basket after basket. But a fatal fourth quarter ultimately sealed the Jackets’ fate, and East Nicolaus outscored Williams, ending their season, 47-32.
“It was a tough loss,” said Lemus. “Thank you to everyone for the support.” ■