Windsor boys' basketball team upset in overtime thriller
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Mar. 14, 2013
The Windsor Warriors are one of the elite basketball programs in the state, with younger players working their way up through the ranks to produce and contribute to a rich history and tradition of winning, especially in big games and in big situations. On March 9, the team fell to the visiting 19th-seeded Xavier Falcons (16-7), as the Falcons continued on their Cinderella run in the Class LL state tournament by upsetting the sixth-seeded Warriors (18-4) by a score of 89-84 in an overtime thriller in a packed Windsor High School gymnasium.
“We average 70 to 75 points a game, and anytime we score over that, we expect to win,” said head coach Ken Smith. “We expect to hold our opponents under 50, and we had them down there with four, five, six minutes to go in the game. That was our problem the whole night - we didn’t play any defense, we gave up 40 points in the first half.”
Xavier’s surprising run to the Class LL semi-final includes victories over number 14-seed Amity and third-seed St. Joseph. Windsor was looking to avenge a loss to Xavier two years ago when the Falcons bounced them from the tournament 69-58, when Windsor was a number one-seed and poised to go the distance.
Windsor connected on eight three-pointers in the first half, but Xavier kept it close, going into to the second half only down three. The Warriors looked like they were going to end the Xavier season at the end of the third quarter, when they were leading by 14, at 66-52. Windsor led by as much as 16 in the fourth quarter, but Xavier’s pressure defense and traps disrupted Windsor and allowed Xavier to creep back into the game. After Xavier took the lead with less than 30 seconds left to play, junior Jared Wilson-Frame tied the game up and forced overtime by connecting on a fade-away jump shot with 11 seconds left.
“When things happen, especially when you have 16-year-old kids in control, you don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Smith. “You just hope that better things happen. We’ve been in that position before when teams have come back and we’ve pulled it out. It’s just this one time we couldn’t pull it out.”
Xavier outscored Windsor 37-18 in the fourth quarter and overtime to earn the victory. Windsor could not defend James Sullivan or Elijiah Pemberton, who poured in 36 and 22, respectively. Windsor was paced by 18 apiece from Wilson-Frame and Junior Chaunce Dunbar.