Will nets 1,000th point in victory
BERLIN — At 6-foot-7 Berlin’s Alex Will is used to being the tallest player on the court. With a nearly 7-foot wingspan, teammates lob the ball up for him to go get layups and putbacks on rebounds.
Will recorded the 1,000th-point of his career Monday in a 66-46 win over Ferndale on such a play. The senior center pulled down an offensive rebound and was fouled on the putback. And like so many previous times, the bucket counted and he went to the foul line.
“I couldn’t have done this without my team,” Will said as he deflected any praise. “Our goal is reaching the District 5 championship. We have been playing so long together and it is all about the team right now.
“I just want to thank my parents, my sister, my coaches and one important fan who passed away of cancer over Christmas, Fred Will, for all their support. Fred followed me through football and I know he would have been here for this.”
Head coach Tanner Prosser said Will is the eighth Mountaineer, and third player in his seven years as head coach, to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
“Alex has a leadership role this year and he understands that,” Prosser said. “He is very unselfish. A lot of times, too unselfish. He would probably have 1,400 at this point if he were a little less unselfish. He’s a great kid, becoming a nice leader and it’s a good individual accomplishment for him.”
Junior Ryan Lynch added 17 points for the Mountaineers, including four 3-pointers. He scored 11 points in the first half to help his team jump out to leads of 21-7 and 36-22.
Berlin opened the second half with eight-straight points, including two buckets from Will. A Ferndale timeout halted the onslaught for a bit, but the Mountaineers kept up the pressure and led 49-33 after three quarters.
“We were OK on defense in this game,” Prosser, who quietly earned his 100th career coaching victory last Friday at Blacklick, said. “As we get into the heart of the season, we need to get better. The kids work hard and hopefully they will come around after not really doing that for a week.
“This is a tough part of the season. You are going to miss some practice because of the weather and you are going to be playing three games a week. You’ve gotta be real focused.”
Ferndale’s Nate Davidson scored eight of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t bring his team closer than 17 points. Ravaan Headrick added 10 points off the bench.
The Mountaineers won the junior varsity game 34-24.
Berlin plays on the road both Thursday and Friday. The Mountaineers play WestPAC South rivals Turkeyfoot and Meyersdale.
Ferndale: Horvath 2 3 7, Davidson 4 7 15, Eisenhuth 4 0 8, Gates 1 0 2, Mason 1 0 2, Sanna 0 2 2, Hileman 0 0 0, Headrick 4 0 10. Totals: 16 12-17 46.
Three-pointers: Headrick 3
Berlin: Lynch 6 3 17, Will 9 1 19, Glessner 4 1 9, Magruder 1 0 2, Cooney 4 0 8, Watkins 1 0 2, Baraniak 1 0 2, Sayler 3 0 6, Bonus 0 1 1. Totals: 29 6-12 66.
Three-pointers: Lynch 4
Ferndale 7 15 11 13 — 46
Berlin 21 15 13 17 — 66