Silverado’s boys basketball team entered Monday struggling to win games at home.
Martell Williams helped make sure the Skyhawks changed that trend.
Williams had 26 points and 14 rebounds to help Silverado to a 66-61 victory over visiting Democracy Prep.
“Martell, he’s one of the best players in town,” Silverado coach Colin Darfour said. “I know he’s only a sophomore and people feel like he’s one of the best sophomores in town. But I think he’s one of the best players overall in town. Martell’s going to be a beast.”
Williams had 17 points in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help Silverado (11-9) top the Blue Knights (19-3). Democracy Prep, a Class 2A school, entered the game 4-0 against 4A competition including a 67-59 win over Silverado on Nov. 30.
“It was nice to get a win, because they beat us earlier,” Williams said. “To come back and get this win really helps us.”
Silverado was just 1-3 at home entering play on Monday, but Williams helped the Skyhawks extend their lead to as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Hanging onto that lead was more difficult, as Silverado was 2-for-9 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and 4-for-15 for the game.
“That’s terrible from the line,” Darfour said. “If we didn’t have a game tomorrow, we’d definitely be shooting like 500 free throws or something. Because in a league as tough as we’re in, games are going to come down to free throws.”
Caden Farley added 12 points and seven rebounds for Silverado. Trevon Martin had nine points and six assists, and Dajon Keeling had eight points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Skyhawks.
Daniel Plummer scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Blue Knights. Akeemis Williams added 14 points, and Najeeb Muhammad had 13 points and seven assists for Democracy Prep.