Wild Rose’s Caleb Williams prepares to drive into the paint around a Princeton/Green Lake defender during the non-conference home game against the Tigersharks on Jan. 29. Williams would lead the Wildcats to victory, registering 26 points including 5 of 5 free throws and a 3-pointer. The Wildcats would outscore Princeton/Green Lake, 57-56.

Wildcats slip past Tigersharks, 57-56

The Wild Rose boys basketball team narrowly escaped with a non-conference win over the the visiting Princeton/Green Lake Tigersharks on Jan. 29, as the visitors scored the go ahead with less than 20 second remaining.

“It wasn’t always pretty,” stated Wildcats Head Coach Jim Komp. “We found a way to get it done. Once in a while we have to find a way to make one more play – tonight we did it. We have to give the Tigersharks credit – they were down a couple of times, but found a way to come back.”

Wild Rose had the upper hand in the first half if play leading at the half 33-25. Out of six scorers, Caleb Williams had come out to shine with 14 points, sinking 3 of 3 free throws and a 3-pointer. Tommy Friday came up with 7 points, while Alec VandeCastle handled 5 points, including a 3-pointer and David Lauritzen added 4 points.

Princeton/Green Lake went on to outscore Wild Rose in the second half, but still trailed by 7 points about halfway through. As time wore on the visitors would cut the margin to 4 points, but the hosts would end up widening it again.

With 1:23 left in regulation, Princeton/Green Lake’s Al VanCrete used one of his 3-pointers in the half to bring the Tigersharks within 3 points of the Wildcats, and it wasn’t long before he would be sent to the free throw line after being fouled on a basket. VanCrete failed to tie the score at 55 with the free throw attempt.

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