Bishop’s rally falls short in loss to West Stokes

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 12:13 AM

The Bishop McGuinness boys were right there with West Stokes at the end. Their last two looks, though, just wouldn’t go down.

The Villains came back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to lead by two with 31⁄2 minutes left, but West Stokes answered with five straight points to regain the lead and hung on in the final seconds to hand host Bishop a 53-50 loss Thursday.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our effort and execution,” Villains coach Josh Thompson said. “We talked about making some adjustments at halftime, and the kids really did that. I saw some growth from our team tonight, which is really encouraging.”

Kevin Weckworth, who recently eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career, scored 25 points to lead Bishop (10-7, 5-6 Northwest 1A/2A), which got two looks to tie from 3 in the final 50 seconds but missed, while Tommy Koesters had 14. 

Josh Spainhour had 19 points to lead the Wildcats (15-4, 10-1 NWC), who led 27-24 after a back-and-forth first half before building a 44-36 lead with 7:42 to go. Alston Furr also had 14 and Reid Goodson had 12.

“Spainhour, he’s just a tough player to corral,” Thompson said of the third quarter. “He’s shifty with the ball. And if he gets loose, he’s going to knock down a 3 or a mid-range shot. He hit some big shots; Furr hit some big shots; and we had a hard time keeping Reid Goodson off the boards. He’s long in there and got some key rebounds.”

The Villains, however, answered with a 12-2 run — keyed by two straight baskets by Koesters followed by two straight baskets by Weckworth — to lead 48-46 with 3:34 left. 

A couple miscues and missed shots in the final minutes proved the difference. Still, it was a very strong performance throughout by Bishop, Thompson said. 

“It’s great against a veteran, well-coached team like West Stokes,” he said. “We’re a relatively young team, and we’ve been kind of nipping at their heels the last two years. Our message to the team before the game was: Let’s be five minutes better than we were last year or even last game. And I thought we were about four minutes better.”

The Villains play again tonight at home against Winston-Salem Prep.