The Daily Mash-Up

Thursday, June 22, 2017 This Week's Paper
Wilson holds on after another fast start

Alphonso Anderson led four Rams in double figures with 15 points as Wilson cruised to a 75-51 win over the Washington Patriots on Wednesday night at the Byrd Gym on the Wilson campus to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

“We are working on being more disciplined in our principles on both ends of the court,” said Wilson head coach Dave Alwert. “It’s a work in progress for these young talented kids.”

Like the Gig Harbor game last Friday, the Rams got out of the gate fast, bolting to a 42-22 halftime lead only to repeat the same lack of intensity coming out of the halftime break.

“We’ve got to work on our second-half play and learn to keep our focus up,” said Alwert.

Washington picked up their intensity noticeably, with guard Elijah Fuller pouring in seven third-quarter points to trim the deficit to 14 points. But they would get no closer, as Ivy Smith ignited a 21-13 run to close it out as the Rams would coast to the easy victory. Deontre McGowen would lead the Patriots with a team-high 12 points.

One of the bright spots for the Rams in the early going is the play of the extremely talented freshman post Alphonso Anderson, who can do it all with either hand and from anywhere on the court.

“I’ve been working hard on all phases of my game, both on the inside and the perimeter, and it’s been paying off,” said Anderson, who also gives a lot of credit to his teammates. “We have a real good chemistry here and once we get clicking on all cylinders, we’ll be in real good shape.”

The Rams look forward to a week off until next Wednesday, when they open up league play by hosting the Shelton High climbers.

“We’ve really been sharing the ball well and hope to get better real soon before the meat of our league season hits,” said Alwert.