GAME FOUR: 8 P.M. Wednesday
WILLIAMSBURG VS. DOSS
Region: 13th | Record: 25-4 | Enrollment: 229
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Patrick Robinson has a 101-145 record in nine years at Williamsburg, where he also played.
No. Player Ht. Yr. Ppg.
32 Chase Lowrie 5-10 Sr. 5.6
14 Skyler Griffith 6-2 Sr. 14.9
12 Corey Shelton 6-1 Sr. 17.3
21 Fred Massey 6-2 Sr. 8.6
0 Andrew Griffith 6-5 Jr. 13.5
Williamsburg brings one of the best stories to the Sweet Sixteen after knocking off Clay County in the region title game to earn the school's first state tournament berth since 1946. Robinson said one of the strengths of his team is its awareness of the game, understandable for a squad that starts four seniors and a junior. The Yellow Jackets are versatile and highly adaptable to opposing styles. "We can play fast if we need to. We can run when we need to," Robinson said. "But we can also slow it down and beat you down low. ... I'd say a strength of this team is that we really don't have one style of ball." Corey Shelton and Skyler Griffith can light it up from outside, and don't look for this bunch to take many bad shots.
A LONG TIME COMING
A school that misses out on the state tournament nearly 70 years in a row is sure to have some hard-luck stories. Robinson's came in 2000 — his senior year with the Jackets, who went 26-3 that season before being upset in the first game of the districts. "These guys have just done something that a lot of good teams never could do," he said. "I feel like our community — it's almost like these kids have done something for everybody. Everybody has a piece of this. They're so glad a team could finally get it done after so long. Everybody in town really feels a part of it."
PLAYER TO WATCH
Andrew Griffith is the only non-senior in Williamsburg's starting lineup, but he's been a major piece of the Yellow Jackets' success. Griffith averages 13.5 points, a team-high 6.6 rebounds and makes 62.4 percent of his shots. "When he really gets going, that's probably when we're playing at our best," Robinson said. "When he's being aggressive on offense and when he's hitting the boards hard."
This is Williamsburg's fourth trip to the state tournament and first since 1946. Its best showing was a run to the semifinals in 1940.
Region: 6th | Record: 26-6 | Enrollment: 1,020
Tony Williams is 26-6 in his first season at Doss, where he was also a standout player in the 1990s. He coached last season at St. Francis and has an overall record of 40-20 in two seasons.
No. Player Ht. Yr. Ppg.
2 Dujuanta Weaver 5-6 Sr. 16.9
24 Terrell Gray 6-0 Sr. 14.9
32 Tyler Jefferson 6-4 Sr. 12.5
11 Jaylon Hall 6-3 So. 4.7
25 Delvonte McCloud 6-5 So. 4.6
Doss outlasted Bullitt East in overtime in the region semifinals, then had to beat DeSales for the fourth time this season in the finals to earn a trip to the Sweet Sixteen, the school's first in 28 years. Williams says his squad likes to bring the pressure defensively, which sometimes includes implementing a full-court press. The Dragons can be dangerous from outside on the other end of the court. Jefferson — a Western Kentucky football commitment — is the man in the middle, and Gray, Weaver, Hall, Nick Anderson and Dajon McCarley are all capable of hitting from three-point range. That could come in handy at Rupp. "It's a shooters gym," Williams said, "so my players will be happy to know that."
RETURN TO RUPP
Williams was a 1,000-point scorer during his career with the Louisville Cardinals from 1996-2000, and that included two games against Kentucky in Rupp Arena. In his first trip as a sophomore in 1997, Williams had 16 points, six rebounds and helped the Cards defeat the Cats 79-76. That UK team went on to win the national title. "They were the national champions, but we were the champs of the state of Kentucky," Williams said. "That was kind of our claim to fame — we went down to Rupp and got a win." His second trip in 1999 wasn't as successful: UK 76, U of L 46.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Weaver is the 6th Region player of the year and the heart and soul of this Doss team. He has the ability to score in bunches and is constantly putting pressure on opposing defenses with his quickness and penetration skills. "He does so much for this team," Williams said. "He has one of those determination and will factors. Sometimes he'll do something and you don't know how he did it. You just say, 'Well, he willed that in.'"
Doss is in the state tournament for the fifth time, and the first since 1987. The Dragons lost 57-56 to Owensboro in the 1980 state finals.