Buffalo see lead slip away in fourth

Windermere Prep’s Mason Williams defends The Villages High School’s Sam Walters as Walters dribbles the ball during a game in the Battle at The Villages tournament on Wednesday at The Villages High School.

The Villages High School boys basketball team has a problem keeping its composure.

And it cost the Buffalo an opportunity to win their own tournament — again.

The Villages will come up empty for the ninth time in as many tries in the Battle at The Villages event, after the Buffalo let a double-digit lead slip away in a 52-50 semifinal defeat to Windermere Prep on Wednesday night inside the VHS Athletic Center.

VHS (6-6 overall) led by 13 early in the third quarter, before an inexperienced Buffalo bunch succumbed to the pressure — created by a talented opponent in Windermere (9-3) and a physical contest that seemingly overwhelmed the officiating at times — to ultimately drop into today’s third-place game.

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