Regardless if a team blows out their opponent or escapes with a one point victory, a win is a win.
That is exactly what the Woodward-Granger boys' basketball team (1-0) did at home on Tuesday night.
The Hawks secured an opening night win with a close 70-69 victory over the visiting West Central Valley Wildcats (0-1).
Leading the way for the home team was senior Brady Aunspach who scored 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting and 2-for-4 from the line. He also finished second on the team in rebounds with five.
From beginning to end both teams consistently traded baskets and numerous lead changes.
The Hawks held the lead 14-12 after one quarter, which changed into a two point deficit after the Wildcats dropped 18 to the Hawks 14.
That momentum shift lasted all but a quarter as the Hawks’ managed to score 20 points in the third, two points better than their visitors, which tied the game at 48.
The final eight minutes saw both teams’ unwavering intensity. Each team matched the other’s scoring prowess.
In the end the home team, staved off defeat with a one point edge over the Wildcats at 22-21.
Three Hawks players contributed double digit scores. Freshman Reese Jamison scored 11 points while fellow freshman Bryce Achenbach added 10. Senior Bodie Harrison also finished with 10. Achenbach led the with six boards and nine assists.
It was the first time since the 2011-2012 season the the Hawks opened the season with a win and the first opening night home win in the past five seasons.
Final team totals:
28-for-54 from the floor including 7-for-15 from three, 7-for-12 from the free throw line, 25 rebounds - 18 defensive and seven offensive, 17 assists and seven steals.