Williams shines in team's first win

TACOMA, Wash. – In a dominating, triple-double performance, Marvin Williams led his Bremerton Knights to a 69-49 win over the previously undefeated Henry Foss Falcons.

Williams finished the game with 25 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 blocks, including a number of highlight-reel dunks and impressive rejections. Playing every position on the floor, Williams glided through defenders as easily as he snatched rebounds high above the rim. On several possessions, the future 6-9 Tar Heel started, lead, and finished the break, showing his ball-handing skills and impressive body control.

"That's the beauty of Marvin," said Knights' head coach Casey Lindberg. "He's so versatile. We like to start him inside and work him out, but why drive a Ferrari at 35 mph?"

Looking for a quick start, Williams began the game on the perimeter. But after missing his initial three shots from behind the arc, he took his game inside where he scored at will with a number of fine-tuned post moves. Williams got his teammates involved as well and finished with 6 assists. Easily the tallest player on the floor, he used his court vision to find teammates under the basket for easy buckets.

"I didn't shoot that well from the outside tonight, but my teammates helped me out," said the soft-spoken Williams. Though he had a rough night shooting threes (0-5), Williams was nearly perfect from midrange, and his jump shot is smooth with a high release.

The Knights led the entire game and were up by 12 at halftime before the Falcons cut the lead to six midway through the third quarter. However, the momentum once again shifted to Bremerton when Williams loudly sent back a baseline dunk attempt by one of the Falcons' athletic guards. Though Williams was called for a foul, the Knights once again began extending their lead and never looked back.

After blaming the Knights' first loss on a poor rebounding effort, Lindberg credited his team's effort on the glass for its win against the Falcons. "We didn't come out with a lot of intensity against North Mason, and we didn't come out and rebound like we did today," Lindberg said. "We're a good team, and we beat a good team tonight."

With less than three minutes left in the game and the Knights securely in control, Williams left the basketball fans at Henry Foss with something to remember him by. Driving down the middle of the key, Williams exploded a step inside the free-throw line with a monster one-hand jam. In an unsuccessful attempt to stop the dunk, a Falcon player fouled out of the game and walked to the bench unnoticed amongst cheering from both sides.

"I hope I see a lot more of that," said Lindberg about the dunk. "It means we're winning."

Williams said he's watched a couple Carolina games and is looking forward to playing in their up-tempo style. When asked what position he'd like to play at UNC, Williams was quick to respond, "I'll play hard wherever Coach Williams puts me."

It appears that with Williams, the Tar Heels have plenty of options.

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