Boys basketball: Arnold Wilson leads West Side past 21st Century
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent January 31, 2013 11:32PM
Updated: January 31, 2013 11:45PM
GARY — Arnold Wilson had 25 points Thursday as West Side picked up a 64-53 win. Wilson scored eight of his points in the first quarter, along with seven more from Denzel Casson, as the Cougars took control, leading 20-11 after one period.
“(Wilson) has been my horse all year but if he makes his free throws, he could get 30,” West Side coach Murray Richards said. “I keep telling him about hitting his free throws but he’s still our main player. He’s a great leader on the floor.”
21st Century coach Rodney Williams said his squad was playing in front of its largest home crowd of the season and may have suffered from a little stage fright. The large number of turnovers didn’t help matters, either.
“We just didn’t get it done,” Williams said. “The turnovers hurt us but we didn’t play the pressure defense we practiced all week, plus once our point guard had foul trouble we just didn’t play well. His head wasn’t in the game all night and if he does well, we do well but if he doesn’t, we don’t.”
21st Century (7-6), behind a 22 point outing by Louis Brown, made a couple of second-half runs but never got closer than seven points as West Side (9-5) won its fourth straight and has taken the first two games of a four-game road trip that will finish with stops at Munster and Andrean.
It’s also the second time 21st Century has lost to West Side, dropping a 62-55 Holiday Tournament first round matchup.
Casson had 13 for West Side while Dontrelle Hunt added 12 for 21st Century.