WILSON — Meeting a familiar foe in the finals of a tournament is nothing new.
WILSON — Meeting a familiar foe in the finals of a tournament is nothing new. The Healdton Bulldogs certainly won’t be arguing after Saturday night’s result. HHS moved to 3-1 on the season as the Bulldogs had 15 points from tournament MVP Isaac Love as Healdton defeated Wilson 44-28 in the finals of the Black and Gold Classic at Wilson High School. There was little doubt who got off to the better start in the first quarter as the Bulldogs raced out to a 10-0 lead with less than three minutes gone. Wilson got its first points of the game at the 4:11 mark of the first quarter to make it 10-2. But it was the Bulldogs who held a commanding 15-2 lead going into the second. A low-scoring second quarter had a combined 10 points between the two teams as Healdton led 23-11 going into the locker room. Wilson began to find its groove after the break though as the Eagles caught fire from the field, cutting the deficit to seven points at the 1:48 mark of the third at 27-20. Heading to the fourth, it appeared as the momentum was squarely with the Eagles as Wilson was down by just five points at 28-23. Just 34 seconds into the fourth quarter, Wilson got to within two points at 28-26, but the Bulldogs shut the door from there, outscoring the Eagles 16-2 down the stretch to win the game. Ryan Moody and Cayden Perkins each had six points for the Bulldogs, who also had Dylan Pickelsimer named to the All-Tournament team, as he finished with five points. Wilson was led by Luke Honea with 11 points followed by Logan Schaaf with nine points and Kaden Forsythe with six points. Schaaf and Forsythe were each named to the All-Tournament team for Wilson.