WILLIAMSTON – Brandon Allen and Haslett let one get away last week.
He and the Vikings boys basketball team was determined to not let it happen again Tuesday.
Behind juniors Allen and Darek Wroblak, Haslett pulled away in the second half to post a 59-46 victory over Williamston in a CAAC crossover contest.
“We were hungry, we were ready for this game,” said Wroblak, who had 16 points to help the Vikings bounce back from Friday’s disappointing loss to DeWitt in which they squandered a double-digit lead in the second half.
“We wanted this one real bad. We shouldn’t have lost last week and we needed to step it back up.”
Allen had 21 points to lead the Vikings (5-1) and scored 13 in the second half to make sure they wouldn’t squander another double-digit lead.
“We just really wanted to close this one out,” Allen said. “This was a big game for us. This was a good win for us.”
Riley Lewis had a game-high 23 points to lead Williamston, which struggled from the field for a second straight game while falling to 6-2.
“I think fatigue set in and then Haslett wanted it more,” Williamston coach Jason Bauer said. “They were more physical, they were faster, they got a lot more offensive rebounds.”
Haslett, which led by three at the half, outscored the Hornets 17-8 in the third quarter to push its lead to double figures. The Vikings led by as much as 15 early in the fourth before Lewis tried to help Williamston rally back.
Lewis had nine points in the final quarter, but it was a steal and a dunk by Seth Kerby that pulled the Hornets within seven with just over three minutes remaining.
Haslett responded by outscoring the Hornets 10-3 while pulling away for the win.
“As a coach you never want to see the previous game’s result affect the next one,” Haslett coach Chris Smith said. “It was great that we were able to put that one behind us, move on and play the next game. And although we didn’t do it the whole game, at times I thought we were pretty efficient. (It was) after a couple of time outs in the second half that we rectified it and finished the game the way we wanted to.”