Cole Klimesh lets the shot fly between a pair of Bulldog defenders for two of his 12 points Friday night. The senior also hauled in six rebounds in South Winn’s 72-53 home victory. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Cole Klimesh lets the shot fly between a pair of Bulldog defenders for two of his 12 points Friday night. The senior also hauled in six rebounds in South Winn’s 72-53 home victory. (Photo by Becky Walz)

It took the entire South Winn boys’ basketball team (2-0, 2-0 UIC) to rebound from a 14-point first half deficit to win big over MFL MarMac(0-1, 0-1 UIC), 72-53, Friday night at home.

Off to a slow start, the Warriors gave the Bulldogs a 20-16 lead after the first period. In the second frame, SW saw the lead stretch to as many as 14, before bringing the deficit back to three, 36-33, at halftime. A solid second half on both ends of the court saw the Warriors outscore the Bulldogs 39-17 for the win.

“Though it wasn’t the start that we would have planned, our guys did a great job of slowing the game down,” said Coach Blake Moen. “They regrouped, and focused on the defense and helped us climb back into the game and eventually pull away for the win.”

Four Warriors provided the spark with double-digit scoring. At the front of the charge was senior Levi Lukes’ 19-point contribution. Off the bench, junior Jaron Todd dropped in 16 points as did Jacob Herold. Cole Klimesh pitched in another 12. Off the rim, Collin Wiltgen hauled in 11 boards.

“I was pleased to see our seniors regroup our guys, not panic and continue to fight back from mid-second quarter on,” praised Moen. “I was proud of the fight, effort and emphasis on defense that our guys showed after halftime.”

Following the weekend break, the Warriors get back on the court versus North Fayette Valley tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 4) in West Union at 7:30 p.m.