WESTERLY — Travis Cobain hit two big baskets in the final minute to help Wheeler School defeat Westerly High, 66-64, in a Division II boys basketball game Wednesday night.
Westerly's Jawarie Hamelin hit a 3-pointer just after the final buzzer that would have won the game. The loss ended an eight-game winning streak for the Bulldogs (16-3, 13-2 Division II).
"It was probably the right call [by the referees]. It was a millisecond after the buzzer. The ball was on his fingertips," Westerly coach Mike Gleason said.
Cobain scored with about a minute left and made a free throw after being fouled. He scored again with about 30 seconds remaining with what proved to be the winning basket.
The win qualified Wheeler (10-9, 7-8) for the D-II tournament.
Westerly fell behind 8-0 to start the game. But the Bulldogs only trailed by a point, 34-33, at the half. Westerly scored the first nine points of the second half to take an eight-point lead.
"[Jack] Mancini then hit two long 3s to get them back in the game," Gleason said. "We don't usually give up five 3s a game and he had five. They were all contested."
Mancini finished with 17 points.
Chas Morgan led Westerly with 20 points, and Patrick Murphy contributed 11 and had seven rebounds. Hamelin scored 11 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, had nine assists and made six steals.
Westerly played without guard Byron Dunn, who is out with an injury. He may miss a few games, Gleason said. Dunn is a key component in Westerly's press.
"I think our 32 minutes of pressure was limited by the fact he was unable to go," Gleason said.
Westerly fell into a tie with Barrington and Cranston West for first place in the league.
The Bulldogs face a tough game at Pilgrim on Friday at 7 p.m. The Patriots beat Barrington earlier this week.
— Keith Kimberlin