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The Lord Jeffs' third-leading scorer caps his big night with a resounding slam dunk late in the second half.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The guy named Workman certainly took care of the job for Amherst (Mass.) College’s basketball team.
Willy Workman, the third-leading scorer on a club loaded with talent, produced a team-high 21 points to lead the Lord Jeffs to an 101-82 victory over Cabrini College in Friday night’s quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament at the Salem Civic Center.
The victory was the 22nd straight for Amherst (28-2), which advanced to tonight’s 8:30 semifinals against North Central, with a berth in the April 7 championship game in Atlanta at stake.
Workman, who entered the night averaging 12.1 points, scored the team’s first four buckets to start the second half as the Lord Jeffs expanded on a 14-point halftime advantage and took complete control. The 6-foot-6 senior then rocked the house with a resounding slam dunk with 4:26 left.
An everyday play thing for Willy?
“That was like a never day thing!” said Workman, breaking into laughter. “I kinda faked like I was going to hand the ball off, hoping they would jump the guy I was faking to, and they both did.
“So my eyes kinda lit up when I saw I had the lane and I just took off. Took two dribbles and I thought I was going to lay it up, but I saw their big man coming strong and I knew if I laid it up he was going to smack it away.
“I was a little surprised it happened, then I got excited!”
So what he missed the “and one” free throw. It was Willy’s night.
“My real name is William,” he said. “No one has ever called me William, maybe my mom when she is mad with me. But everyone has just called me Willy. Finally, I said people just know me as Willy and I’m just going to be a Willy. I couldn’t imagine being anybody else.”
David Hixon, in his 36th season as Amherst’s coach, has been using the same “adjective” for Workman since the guy was in elementary school.
“Since he was a fourth or fifth-grader at my camp, I think every one of his evaluations said: ‘Nice job, you’re very crafty.’ And crafty is the word that has stuck with him. He’s made big plays all year long for us.”
Amherst, which won the national crown in 2007 in Salem, had too much size and too many players for Cabrini (25-6), last year’s national runner-up. Four Jeffs finished in double figures behind Workman, led by senior guard Allen Williamson’s 16 points and game-high 15 rebounds.
“One more step away and then we’ll be heading off to Atlanta” Williamson said. “So we’re really dialed in and we’re all focused, and ready to get it done [tonight].
Cabrini, out of Radnor, Pa., got beaten badly on the backboards (43-33), which helped lead to a 24-point advantage in the paint and 15-point edge in second-chance points. The Cavaliers were awful at the free-throw line, making only 20 of 37 attempts.
“It’s the first time in a long time we’ve been outrebounded, especially like that,” Cavs coach Marcus Kahn said. “We usually win the battle, but it was obvious that was going to be a tough task tonight.
“And the free throws? It was very frustrating.”
Walton-Moss 8-15 5-7 21, McDaniels 4-11 2-4 11, Williams 5-10 1-4 12, Rafferty 6-11 4-6 18, Miller 1-3 2-3 4, Frizzera 0-1 0-0 0, Knowles 2-5 5-10 10, White 1-1 0-0 3, Dulac 0-0 1-2 1, Floyd 1-1 0-0 2, Totals 38-58 20-37 82.
Workman 8-15 5-6 21, Toomey 6-11 4-4 17, Williamson 8-13 0-0 16, Killian 1-6 2-2 5, Kaasila 3-5 0-1 6, Kalema 5-11 6-6 17, Green 1-6 0-0 3, Pollack 6-6 2-2 14, Mussachia 1-1 0-0 2, Totals 39-74 19-21 102.
Halftime -- Amherst 44-30. 3-point goals -- Cabrini 6-17 (Rafferty 2-4, McDaniels 1-4, Williams 1-4, Knowles 1-3, White 1-1, Frizzera 0-1). Rebounds -- Cabrini 33 (Walton-Moss 9), Amherst 43 (Williamson 15). Assists -- Cabrini 8 (McDaniels 3), Amherst 15 (Workman 4, Toomey 4). Turnovers -- Cabrini 17 (Walton-Moss 4), Amherst 11 (3 with 2). Total fouls -- Cabrini 21, Amherst 27. Fouled out -- Walton-Moss, Rafferty. Technical foul -- Walton-Moss. A -- 1,505
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