PLEASANT VIEW Lightning struck again for the Weber Warriors on Tuesday night.
For the second straight year, Weber defeated rival Fremont on a late-second shot on its home court. This time, Carson Fuller banked in the game-winner from about 5 feet out with 3.9 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 44-43 win over the Silver Wolves.
Last year, it was Josh Hogge who scored with four seconds left to give Weber a 51-50 victory over Fremont.
There are more similarities to last season. The Warriors rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Fremont in 2007. Weber trailed Fremont by eight points with four minutes remaining in Tuesday's game, and Fuller's basket gave the team its only lead of the contest.
And just like last year, fans rushed the court and celebrated the team's win. As soon as Fremont guard Benson Beus' last-second shot rolled off the rim and to the floor, Weber fans swarmed their team at mid-court.
"It's a huge win Fremont being our rivals and they're a tough team," Fuller said. "They gave us all we could handle and it feels good to come out on top."
The Warriors struggled in certain phases of Tuesday's game mainly shooting but found ways to overcome their deficiencies. Weber shot just 28 percent from the field and allowed Fremont to shoot 58 percent from 3-point range.
The Warriors conquered their shooting woes by playing smart late in the game, as it committed zero turnovers in the fourth quarter. They also stayed aggressive, kept driving hard to the basket and drew fouls. Weber was 16-for-19 from the free-throw line, while Fremont attempted just four foul shots.
"We just couldn't get anything to fall," said Warriors coach Chad Sims. "Our guys kept going at it and going at it. I was really encouraged they kept battling back."
Weber, which improved to 4-2 in Region 1 and 9-4 overall, has given Sims reason to be encouraged throughout the season. The Warriors' four-win total in league games is already the most they've had since the 2003-04 season.
Christian Wangsgard led Weber with 13 points and seven rebounds. Fuller had three steals and three assists to go along with his 10 points. Weber had a 31-22 edge in rebounds over the Silver Wolves.Mitch Newey led Fremont with 19 points and five 3-pointers.
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