2016 Williston Wildcats Win Second Consecutive NEPSAC Class A Championship
The Williston Wildcats won their second consecutive NEPSAC Class A boys basketball championship defeating Phillips Exeter Academy 56-53 at Rhode Island College on Sunday. Exeter came out of the gates fast with three early 3 pointers to take an 11-4 lead. Williston fought back and trailed 27-23 at the half. Exeter kept the lead and was up 40-35 with 9:35 left on the clock. Williston took their first lead 43-42 with 7:20 to go on a Jake Ross (Florence) 3 pointer. A Ross layup put Williston up 47-44 with 5:30 remaining. On the next possession Isaiah Brooks nailed a three to give Williston a 50-44 lead, their largest of the afternoon. Exeter countered with a three pointer followed by a basket and a foul shot to tie the game at 50 all with 1:58 left. A Jake Wisniewski bucket put Williston ahead with a minute and a half remaining. With just 25 seconds on the clock Chris Hudson increased the Willliston lead to 54-50 with a key offensive rebound and put-back. Exeter then hit a long three with 7.6 remaining to cut the lead to one. Forced to foul they sent Sam Geschickter to the line where he hit both ends of the one and one to put Williston on top 56-53. A last gasp three point attempt by Exeter missed and Williston was able to celebrate their second consecutive championship.
Chris Hudson led the Wildcats with 15 points followed by Kyle Doucette with 11, Isaiah Brooks with 10 and Jake Ross and Sam Geschickter with 8 apiece. Ross was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Williston ends the season with a 22-5 record.