Despite just two losses in its first 14 games, the Williams Field boys basketball team has been one of the bigger surprises in 4A this season, and many were wondering when the other shoe would drop.After Tuesday's game against No. 4 Seton Catholic, Williams Field's shoes remain laced up tight.
The Black Hawks (13-2, 6-1) continued their season-long success with a 60-58 win over the host Sentinels (15-5, 6-2) to take over first place in the 4A East Sky Region.
Williams Field went just 2-23 last season, but an influx of players has helped right the ship.
"A lot of them are new this year, and they hadn't been playing well together," Williams Field coach David Swinehart said. "Today we definitely seemed like a team."
Tyrone Baker made 1 of 2 free throws with 38.3 seconds left to give Williams Field a two-point advantage, but Seton had a couple of chances to tie on its last possession.
Dale Lockhart missed a layup, and after the ball was tipped around for a few seconds, Connor Wiegand missed a short jump shot. The rebound was tapped out to midcourt as time expired.
The game was close throughout, but the Sentinels seemed to start taking control late in the third quarter when a bucket by Thomas Harty gave them a 42-37 lead. But Williams Field ended the quarter on an 8-0 run, and made enough plays down the stretch to sneak out with the victory.
Swinehart said the win was rewarding, but just halfway through region play, he knows plenty can change.
"People are beating each other, so we take it one game at a time," Swinehart said. "Seton is a tough, tough team and we went in there and were happy to get a big win."
After an 11-1 start against mediocre competition, Williams Field was blown out by Arcadia last Tuesday. That could have been the start of a quick demise, but the team responded.
"Winning all those games in a row, we slowed down a little bit," Baker said. "That loss helped us get back together and refocus and think about what we had to do."
Austin Moyers had 18 points to lead the Black Hawks, while Levi Bickle added 16 and Baker had 12.
Justin Sieczkowski had a game-high 19 for Seton, Dale Lockart had 15 and Harty added 13.