continued Mike Henry’s layup brought the Wildcats within two points with less than three minutes to play. That, however, would be WG’s last points before a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“We didn't execute handling their pressure,” said WG coach Fred Kent. “We couldn't finish plays and that's what it comes down to.”
Much like the teams’ first meeting, Friday’s matchup had defining plays down the stretch. With a chance to tie the game following Henry’s layup, WG’s Trevor Smith got caught in a baseline trap and was called for a travel with two minutes remaining.
Collier followed with two of his team-high 15 points, rising up for a cool jumper with 90 seconds left to put the Black Knights up by four.
On the ensuing possession, WG guard Jimmy Cunningham drove across the lane and absorbed contact, but could not get the roll on his layup attempt. And four Henninger free throws in the final minute sealed the Wildcats’ fate.
“We tried to play a little faster and press a little more, get a little more pressure tonight than we did the last game,” said Saroney. “We didn't turn them over as much as I had hoped but to hold them to 47 points our defensive effort was great. “
Kent agreed. “They just played us man-to-man and doubled a lot,” he said. “(They) forced us out of our stuff so we had to attack and take them off the dribble. We just couldn't make the play.”
Keith Tyson II (12) and Ahmad McKinney (10) added double digit scoring for Henninger. Shane Temara, a 6-foot-7 forward, contributed 12 points and six blocks for the Wildcats, who travel to Cicero-North Syracuse on Tuesday and Oswego two days later.