By CONNOR WALDRON
WS sports writer
DAYTON – The West Side boys basketball team battled rival Malad on Friday and won a nail biter by two, 45- 43.
The Pirates struggled in the first half, only making five out of 29 shots. At the half the teams were in a headlock. But the Pirates came out charging in the second half. Playing a tough defense, they only let the Dragons score four out 20 shots.
The last six minutes were tense and it was anybody’s game. Dylan Turnbow, who got nine points on the night, got the ball rolling in the right direction for the Pirates during that time frame by scoring a basket with 6:08 left.
It was Senior Night and Tate Fuller, Turnbow, Jaxon Smart, Devon Villa, Mason Lemmon and Paul Stegelmeier were given honors.
Fuller led the Pirates with 13 points, though he struggled to make free throws throughout the night. Smart chipped in with 11 points.
At the end of the game there was a three-way tie for first in the district between West Side, Malad and Soda Springs. The placing was decided by a simple coin toss. Soda won the toss and claimed first. The Pirates were second and Malad third.
West Side faced the Dragons again Tuesday night in the first round of the district playoffs.
This story is sponsored by Strictly Ballroom- Dancing with the Stars.
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