Junior post Soren Dalan knocked in the game-winning shot with 35 seconds to go as W.F. West fended off Class 3A River Ridge, 63-62, for a non-league road win Tuesday.
It was an impressive win for the Bearcats who fended off the Hawks lights-out shooting from deep, with River Ridge knocking in 12 3-pointers.
But the Bearcats’ offense was humming as well, with senior Dirk Plakinger leading all scorers with 21 points to go with a team-high seven assists. Big-man Dalan added another double-double to his resume with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Joe Mathews also had a double-double with 14 points and a team-high 11 boards in his first career start. Braden Jones also got his first career start and contributed three points. Rya Witham provided calming minutes against the Hawks’ quick, full-court zone press.
W.F. West (4-2 overall) travels to league rival Tumwater on Thursday.