The Cowboys rallied for 16 points in the final 3:12, but Wilson braced to escape with 55-52 win.
By BOB ROTH
YOUNGSTOWN -- For most of Friday's game at the jammed Chaney High gymnasium, the Woodrow Wilson basketball team seemed to have everything going its way.
Then the Cowboys woke up like a sleeping giant, scoring 16 points in the final 3:12 of the City Series contest.
But Chaney's rally came too late as the Redmen hung on for a 55-52 victory.
"Our kids played hard with good intensity, giving us what apparently was a comfortable lead," Wilson coach Mark Cherol said. "But there is no such thing against a team like Chaney."
The Redmen (4-3, 1-0) won with early intensity, balanced scoring and a decided 45-32 rebounding advantage.
Clark hits 16: Senior guard Demar Clark scored a season-high 16 points, including 10 in the first quarter as Wilson jumped ahead 17-8.
It was Clark's final basket with 1:58 left that had Wilson leading 55-43, before a nine-point Chaney blitz led by Chris Childers had the Redmen holding on for dear life.
"We were back on our heels for more than three quarters, then we picked them up with full court pressure increasing the tempo and created some turnovers," Chaney coach Jim Stickel said. "But time just ran out on us."
In a slump: The Cowboys (3-6, 0-2) have lost six straight games. They trailed 24-14 midway through the second quarter, but had a great momentum swing thanks to their 6-3 senior Roy Austin, who scored three consecutive baskets and had a great assist to cut the deficit to 27-24 at halftime.
Austin led Chaney with 16 points and 13 of 32 rebounds.
In the third quarter, Wilson's 6-4 junior forward Antwaun Johnson came alive with nine of his team's 19 points in that period.
Johnson hit an early fourth quarter field goal giving Wilson their largest lead, 50-36.
"I knew I had to step it up if we were going to win this game," Johnson said.
Moody helps: Senior point guard Ellis Moody, a usual starter, came off the Wilson bench and scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds
"I was shaky coming off the bench, but the good thing was that I came off with enthusiasm, especially on defense," Moody said.
Randall Poindexter was the rebounding leader for the Redmen with 12 boards, seven of them in the first quarter.
Chaney junior forward Chris Childers scored eight points in the final 2:08, including two 3-pointers.
Down the stretch, Wilson missed all seven shots from the free-throw line while the Cowboys made two of five.