By Matt Noonan
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Chalk up another win for the men dressed in blue, yellow and white, (Wheelock College), as the Wildcats defeated the Elms College Blazers on Thursday, 71-60 in overtime.
Sophomore Bunky Williams connected on four critical free throws during the extra frame, which secured the Wildcats fifth consecutive victory, as well as their ninth overall win, too.
“I [knew] we were going to get it done in overtime with our great defense,” said Williams.
“From day one, he wanted to defend at such a high level, and it really makes a big difference,” said Wheelock College head coach Matt LeVangie. “He had so much confidence in his defense that he was able to make those steals, and turn [them] into free throws. And he concentrates at a really high level, and I’m just happy that confidence and hard work is paying off.”
Wheelock’s defense was definitely the reason why they earned their second overtime victory of the season, as they held Elms scoreless during the five-minute period. The Blazers attempted 11 shots, but only tallied one point off a free throw shot by freshman Kenneth Lockett.
Senior Kyle Pierce led all scorers with 19 points, while Wheelock senior Eric Rice tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats also received some help from senior Max Kaim, who registered 11 points, two assists, two steals, and three rebounds, too.
Wheelock has now won five of their last six contests, and will look to keep their winning ways going on Saturday when they travel to Mitchell College for another critical NECC conference contest, while Elms will host Lesley.
“These guys need to enjoy [this win]. They earned that right to enjoy it with their family, and they need to turn the page when we [come together] tomorrow,” said LeVangie. “We’re going down [to Mitchell] on Saturday, and they’re loaded to bear, and I told these guys, ‘you might have a target on your back.’ Teams are starting to take notice of you, [and] it’s a big deal.”
The head coach continued by complimenting the Wildcats effort by saying, “I think for us, it’s just turning that page and being ready, being set and mentally focused for tomorrow at practice.”