WILMINGTON — Controversy surrounded Wilmington’s 66-57 overtime loss Wednesday night to Western Brown in SBAAC American Division boys basketball action at Fred Summers Court.
In overtime, Wilmington had an apparent three-point basket changed two possessions later to a two-pointer, setting off the WHS coaches and fans.
“We’re coaching a certain way, when you’re tied the strategy is different,” WHS head coach Matt Kramer said after the game. “It (the call) changed the whole complexion of the game. We’re thinking the game is tied.”
Brady Vilvens tied the game at 55 in the extra session with a basket then followed with another basket, one that two of the three officials signaled as a three-pointer. Had it stood, it would have given Wilmington a 58-55 lead.
Zyon Tull, the game’s leading scorer with 30 points, hit a three to tie the game at 58-58. At the next dead ball situation, officials gathered and made the change on Vilvens’ previous basket. The result was Western Brown 58, Wilmington 57.
The Hurricane didn’t score the rest of the way.
Wilmington goes to 7-8 overall and 2-4 in the American. Western Brown is 8-3 overall an 4-2 in the division. Western Brown won the first meeting 76-41.
“The kids kept fighting; it’s been a really weird season,” Kramer said. “This was one of those nights where both teams deserved to win. It’s just unfortunate we didn’t get that honor.”
Wilmington rallied in the second half. After trailing 24-23 at halftime, the Hurricane fell behind 49-39 early in the fourth quarter. WHS rallied and sent the game to OT when Luke Blessing hit a three with 9.6 seconds to go in regulation.
Blessing and Matthew Butcher finished with 13 points each for Wilmington.
Jan 27, 2021
@Fred Summers Court
(66) WESTERN BROWN (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Tull 11-5-3-30 Chissenhall 2-1-1-6 Miller 1-0-4-6 Dylan Novak 1-0-1-3 Frye 2-0-0-4 Drew Novak 5-1-4-15 Chambers 1-0-0-2 TOTALS 23-7-13-66
(57) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Butcher 5-2-1-13 Glass 3-2-1-9 Vilvens 4-0-0-8 Blessing 4-3-2-13 France 2-0-0-4 Baltazar 1-1-0-3 Barker 3-0-0-6 Brown 0-0-1-1 TOTALS 22-8-5-57
Bill Liermann covers college and high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet.