By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — Sometimes it pays to be patient.
If you don’t believe it, just ask Williamsburg head coach Patrick Robinson.
After Monday’s thrilling 42-41 win over Whitley County at home, Robinson said he and his staff had been trying all season to find the right mixture on the floor when it comes to certain situations.
Thanks to a pair of free throws by Corey Shelton with eight seconds to play and a game-saving block on a shot attempt by the Colonels’ Matt Lawson by Skylar Griffith as time expired, it looks like he may have found one.
“That was a grinding kind of game and it was only fitting that it came down to one last defensive play,” Robinson said. “I’m proud of the way all those kids stepped up and made some big plays at the end.
“We’ve been working pretty hard this season and we just haven’t been able to get things to fit,” he added. “We all just put our heads together and we really think we have a good fit with everyone.”
Whitley County has now dropped four straight losses to 13th Region opponents. The win was the first for Williamsburg since Dec. 27.
After the game Colonels’ head coach Jerry Overbey said his team got the shot they wanted coming out of the timeout, but was quick to point out the game should have never come down to that.
“We got it exactly where they wanted it, but it didn’t work out,” Overbey said. “I know the crowd was thinking it was a foul on the last play, but we should have never put ourselves in that situation.
“You have to play your way out of that kind of stuff and we didn’t,” he added.
The two teams played even in the first two quarters, scoring nine points each in the first quarter and 14 each in the second, thanks to a last-second 3-pointer by Whitley County’s Michael Powers to tie the score at 23 apiece.
Williamsburg used a 10-7 third-quarter effort to go ahead 33-30 with eight minutes to play, setting up the dramatic fourth quarter ending.
Whitley County was able to tie things up at 36 apiece on back-to-back baskets by Boston Bryant with under four minutes to play.
The Colonels’ Luke Woods sandwiched a three-pointer between a pair of baskets by Griffith, giving Williamsburg a 40-39 lead with 1:30 to play in the game.
Lawson gave the Colonels the lead with 35 seconds to play on a putback after Powers' shot was off the mark, but Williamsburg regained the lead on a pair of free throws by Shelton, setting up the dramatic ending.
After the ball got across midcourt, Zach Rutherford found Lawson near the paint, but before he got to the basket, Griffith was there to meet him with the block.
Williamsburg 42, Whitley County 41
Whitley County 9 14 7 11 41
Williamsburg 9 14 10 9 42
Whitley County (41) – Bryant 14, Powers 10, Sasko 10, Lawson 4, Woods 3.
Williamsburg (42) – Shelton 15, Griffith 15, Sizemore 7, Creekmore 3, Lowrie 2.