Unbeaten Wilson wins title at Franklin

t.cotterill@thenewstribune.comDecember 29, 2013 

Wilson High School boys basketball coach Dave Alwert knew he had a special team entering the season.

Saturday just proved it.

Five players scored in double figures for the Rams as they pulled off a 95-91 overtime victory against Canyon Springs (Nev.) to win the Tournament of Champions Holiday Classic championship at Franklin High School in Seattle.

Alphonso Anderson led Wilson with 17 points. David Jenkins and Robert Knox each scored 16, Ivy Smith Jr. had 15, and Jamal Welch added 14 for the Rams.

Montre Brown-Lofton made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left in overtime to push the Rams’ lead to four points and seal the victory.

“We got dogs that can be in any fight,” Alwert said. “Any fight. We can play through adversity.

“This is the deepest team I’ve ever had,” he added. “I’m blessed just to be able to coach and teach these kids.”

The Rams improved to 8-0 after handing perennial Nevada state title contender Canyon Springs its second loss.

Canyon Springs’ Jordan Davis scored 24 points, and Gerad Davis and Shaquile Carr each scored 23.

Wilson turned an even game into a 12-point lead late into the third quarter, capped with Welch’s two-handed, fastbreak dunk that sent people leaping from their seats. The Rams went from down one point to up 69-57 in about 3 minutes.

Wilson held a 10-point lead to start the fourth quarter and maintained that until Canyon Springs stormed back, using a 15-3 run to take the lead at 82-80 with 21/2 minutes to go.

The Rams tied it on Smith’s free throw with less than a minute left, but he missed the second.

Wilson got it back after a Canyon Springs turnover, ball on the sideline with 10.4 seconds left. But Anderson lost the ball on the way to the basket, and the game went into overtime with the score tied at 84.

The Rams lost Anderson and Smith to fouls in overtime, but Jenkins stepped up, scoring five points in the extra period.

“We showed we know how to execute through adversity,” Jenkins said. “Not a lot of teams know how to do that, and that’s why we are a good team. We want to get to the Tacoma Dome, and we can do that if we play as a team.”

TJ Cotterill: 253-597-8677 t.cotterill@thenewstribune.com @Cotterill44

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