Chance Wells may be a freshman, but on the court and to the Mansfield Tygers, he played much bigger than his age Friday. With the hosts rallying all night and looking to stave off a West Holmes team seeking its first win of the season, the Tygers (2-11, 1-7 OCC) finally broke through late in the fourth quarter to take a two-point lead. It was then that Wells buried a 3-pointer from four feet behind the arc to reclaim the lead and the Knights never trailed again in a 60-53 WHHS victory..
Wells went on to finish with 19 huge points and West Holmes (1-13, 1-7 OCC) earned win No. 1 on the season.
"Chance played really well," said Knights coach Keith Troyer. "For a freshman to be that confident to shoot that 3-pointer in that situation, that just speaks so much about him and how far he has come."
As a team West Holmes never backed down as Blaine Hager poured in 14 points, Connor Roach had seven points and 10 rebounds, and Chase Wells finished with 10 points.
"This was a good team win," added Troyer. "Everyone played well and to go into Mansfield and get a win, that is huge for us."
A big second half enabled Hiland to dispatch Newcomerstown in an Inter-Valley Conference game.
The Hawks were led by Turner Horn with 26 points as he buried four treys, while Kobe Troyer had 14. Also playing strong for Hiland was Andy Miller with 11 points.