Ah, the sweet aroma of success. It never gets old, and when it comes around, you savor it.
When a team is struggling with a 1-20 record, any victory is a grand victory, and on the season finale of the regular season the West Holmes Knights boys basketball team got to celebrate its second win in a victory on Senior Night.
The Knights hosted Clear Fork Friday, February 18 in the Dungeon, and the seniors all stepped up in a big way to help West Holmes secure a 64-58 win over the Colts in a game that moved West Holmes into a tie with the Colts in the Ohio Cardinal Conference.
“Any win is a good win, but what I really liked was the way we moved the ball,” said West Holmes coach Keith Troyer. “I thought our ball movement was excellent and we didn’t stand. We really kept moving.”
The other thing that excited Troyer was that point guard Chase Wells scored eight points while doling out seven assists. He credited Wells’ assists as much as any aspect as to the key to the game.
“It was just a great night of decision-making for Chase,” Troyer said. “When he does that it opens up the floor for all of our guys to get involved with the scoring, and when we move the ball like we did and get balanced scoring, we are going to be at our best.”
The excitement of Senior Night seemed to propel the Knights into a high gear early on, and West Holmes ripped out to a 16-6 first quarter lead. That double-digit cushion proved to be the difference-maker as the Knights would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
What made the win possible for West Holmes was its well-balanced offensive attack. The Knights (2-20 overall, 2-12 in the OCC) were paced by Chance Wells, who poured in 17 points and tacked on three rebounds, while Blaine Hager dropped in 15 points and added three assists. Josh Goudy pitched in with 14 points along with Chase Wells’ nice game.
“That balance comes from us being unselfish and moving the ball to find the open man,” Troyer said.
As the regular season ends, on a winning note, Troyer said the momentum of the win is not as important as something else it instills.
“This game was encouraging because of the way we won, and because it helps instill the belief that we can win,” Troyer said. Knowing you can win goes a long way, and it certainly goes a long way in helping us prepare for tournament play.”
In the opening round of tournament play, the Knights will face number two seed Meadowbrook in Byesville on Friday, February 24 at 7 pm.