By Nick M
This past weekend, February 2, 2017, the Walled Lake Central varsity basketball team went up against Walled Lake Western in a head to head rematch worthy of the rivalry.
The game started out with high tension, but as the first quarter wore on, Central took a comfortable lead of 16-11. At halftime the score was 22-19 and Central held that lead ending the third quarter with a lead of three points.
With five minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter, Central was up by ten but Western pieced together a near miracle and almost tied the game up. With 24 seconds left Central was up 58-56 when Delano Smith from Western drew a foul and with the opportunity to tie the game, missed the first shot.
“I told the team we had to continue to execute and not give up till the buzzer goes off and that’s what we did,” said senior Dylan Hudspeth.
Central had the lead all 32 minutes but never gave up. “I thought we were a little better offensively, shot the ball better, and played with a little more confidence,” said Vikings Head Coach Chuck Spolsky.
Though it was a rivalry game, both Central and Western came together in support of the night’s “Blue Out” theme in honor of WLC student Sean Patrick Collins who passed away in a boating accident over the summer of 2016. T-shirts and bracelets were sold at lunch to raise money for the performing arts center at WLC since a large portion of Collin’s life was dedicated to choir and performing arts.
“I think it’s very important to do something like this, sean was family to us and it brought us closer,” said senior Lindsey Willis.