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Boys Wildcats take semifinal defeat to Henninger

Black Knights pull away for third win over WG

— Tyson finished with a game-high 23 points. Vigliotti gave 18 points in support.

The undersized Wildcats hung in, thanks to eight first-quarter points from Mike Henry. But then Henry picked up his third foul with five minutes left in the first half and was relegated to the bench until the break.

“That really hurt,” Kent said. ”I thought he had a great first quarter. Without Shane we really wanted to play five out on the perimeter and space them out and see what we could get off the dribble, or cutting in the paint.

"I thought we executed well early and without Michael in the game it became a little more difficult because he's a very skilled player.”

WG wouldn’t go away despite his absence. Senior Brett Colvin filled in with seven points in a stretch that saw the Wildcats take a four-point lead. Colvin would finish with 11 points.

Henninger struggled to find the hoop in that stretch, going scoreless for the first three minutes of the second period. Trevor Smith, quiet for most of the half, hit a 3-pointer with time running off the clock to cut the Black Knights’ lead to 31-30 going into the break.

Playing without the services of injured 6-foot-7 junior center Shane Temara, the Wildcats managed to keep the taller Black Knights off the offensive glass in the first half, surrendering just two second-chance points.

The second half didn’t pan out so well, though, as Henninger scored five of its 15 baskets from offensive rebounds. Though Vigliotti and Tyson continued their hot shooting from deep, the Wildcats kept pace on the strength of Phil Allen’s seven third-quarter points.

But a key stretch in the quarter’s final minutes doomed WG’s comeback. Tyson, McKinney and Chris Hicks each scored easy second-chance buckets as part of a 12-6 run to help the Black Knights end the period with a 55-46 advantage.

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