Little things play big role in VHS victory

The Villages’ Antonio Rizzo finishes a dunk against Jones Christian Academy in the second quarter of the Florida Elks Holiday Classic on Saturday in Umatilla.

It was Ricardo Wright’s screen to spring a 3-pointer for Nasir Mann. It was Antonio Rizzo’s deflection that allowed A.J. Williams to steal away a possession. It was Sam Walters passing up a good shot for another pass in the sequence that led to great shot by Derek McCray. There were plenty of things The Villages High School boys basketball team did on Saturday night that didn’t register on the stat sheet, but they all amounted to a 67-49 win over SL Jones Christian (Pensacola) at the Gafford Center in Umatilla. “Those little things are extremely important to us,” VHS head coach Colt McDowell said. “When you’re playing for each other and playing for your teammates, those are the things you do. And the best part is when you start doing them for others, they start doing them for you — and then you’ve got special things happening when it’s genuine like that.” p.m. Sunday. Tickets are free, and a love offering will be accepted at the concert.

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