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Boys basketball: Wildcats’ Wilson discovers his range

THREE-POINT SHOOTER GIVES MOUNTAIN VIEW’S

RIVALS ANOTHER SCORING THREAT TO HANDLE

BY ADAM HIMMELSBACH

When Joe Wilson used to come off the bench for Mountain View, he would claw at rebounds and scrap for tough baskets.

But last summer, he decided to reinvent himself. He spent hour after hour in a gym, hoisting 3-pointers from all angles.

He often trained with a “big ball,” which has a larger circumference than a regulation basketball. When he returned to the normal size ball, the rim suddenly seemed the size of a laundry basket.

Last night, Wilson’s improvement was evident. He drained a career-high five 3-pointers and scored 15 points, as the Wildcats escaped with a 55–53 win against Brooke Point.

“Over the summer, I think I became a shooter,” Wilson said. “You have to have confidence when you shoot the ball. You have to think every shot is going to go in, no matter what.”

Last night, Mountain View relentlessly sprayed 3-pointers, as Mason Stutler drained four, and Lucas Brown added two.

Still, this win did not come easily.

The Wildcats had a comfortable 47–37 lead with 6 minutes, 14 seconds left when Brooke Point rallied.

A pair of putbacks by T.T. Felder helped slice the deficit to four, and with 1:25 left, Brooke Point’s Ryan Corp stole the ball and appeared to coast in for the layup. But Mountain View’s Ben Keller slid in to draw a charge.

Brooke Point pulled within 55–53 on a Felder basket with 0.5 seconds left, but there was not enough time for the comeback to go any further.

“We’re 12 games into the season and we’re still looking for an identity to give us a jump-start,” Brooke Point coach Joe Kania said. “We haven’t been completely ready every night.”

Mario Gills had 15 points to lead the Black–Hawks. Corp added 12.

Mountain View improved to 7–4 with the win, and coach Kevin Brown was encouraged by his team’s hot shooting.

There have been games this season, Brown said, when all of the Wildcats struggled from the perimeter. When they are as efficient as they were last night, they are difficult to stop.

Stutler, of course, has been a long-range gunner for some time. Wilson’s relatively new shooting stroke gives opposing defenses something else to worry about.

“He’s come a long way as a shooter, and a lot of it with him is confidence,” Brown said. “He definitely got it going tonight.”

    Brooke Point 4 13 16 20 — 53

    M.View 16 9 15 15 — 55

    Scoring

    Brooke Point: Carlton Carter 10, Mario Gills 15, T.T. Felder 7, Ryan Corp 12, Jalen Cotton 7, Alex Tharp 2. Totals: 21 3–9 53.

    Mountain View (7–4, 5–2): Ben Keller 4, Max Beckham 2, DaeSean Hamilton 5, Joe Wilson 15, Lucas Brown 16, Mason Stutler 13. Totals: 20 4–5 55.

    Three-point goals: Brooke Point 8 (Carter 3, Gills 3, Corp 2). Mountain View 11 (Wilson 5, Stutler 4, Brown 2).

Adam Himmelsbach: 540/374-5442

ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com

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