Up against Adelanto High in the Kiwanis Tournament on Poly High School’s home court, the Wolves basketball team managed to win.

The final score was 61-55, but in early season play, coaches aren’t so fixated on final scores as they are in how they got there.

Granted, a win is a win, but it wasn’t pretty.

“Pretty ugly” said coach Mark Vanta of the game despite the team’s victory.

“It was a frustrating game due to the amount of live ball turnovers (we made)” he said.

That sloppiness kept Aquinas in the game but required King to play strong on defense. Duwan Franklin led King scorers with 16 points and five rebounds and Sean Rowland followed with 13.   David Olukoju had 6 points and 8 rebounds. 

After an honest first half that had both teams locked in a near tie, the Wolves were able to pull ahead in the second half behind a couple of timely three-pointers dropped in by Rowland and solid free throws in the fourth quarter (71%) the team was able to land.

“It wasn’t pretty but it counts, you get by, get it done” Vanta said.  “We found a way to win despite numerous turnovers.”

That resilience, that defense in the middle of a messy game that ended with a victory, well, it leaves “pretty ugly” open to interpretation.