When Basil Hicks had the basketball Tuesday night, good things happened for Wilmington.
The senior guard hit a three-pointer before halftime to tie the game and scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead Wilmington to its first win of the season, 51-48 at Gardner-South Wilmington.
“Gotta start somewhere,’’ Hicks said of the team’s first victory. “We knew what we had to do.’’
Hicks was fouled on a drive to the hoop and hit two free throws to put the Wildcats ahead 49-47 with nine seconds to play. Hicks was 4-of-4 from the line in the final period.
“We made our free throws. The last few games we haven’t been making them,’’ he said.
Gardner-South Wilmington’s Kyle Robison was 1-of-2 from the line to make it 49-48 with four seconds left. The rebound went out of bounds off a GSW player and Hicks added a layup at the end.
Center Nate Rock scored 15 points for Wilmington (1-7) and Ted Mills had eight.
“Me and Rock, we do all the heavy lifting,’’ Hicks said.
“He’s (Hicks) a great player,’’ Wilmington coach Casey Drown said. “He definitely stepped up to the plate here.
“Sometimes he tries to do too much, but in this game doing too much was what we needed. He carried us. He’s done it before for us.’’
Hicks scored the first five points of the third quarter to give Wilmington a 26-21 lead. He got his team going in the fourth quarter with back-to-back drives to the basket.
Gardner-South Wilmington (3-4) had won three straight after starting the season with three losses.
Forwards Tristan Noonan and Robison each had 14 points for the Panthers. Blake Marks had eight points, all in the first half.
“We just didn’t play well,’’ GSW coach Chris Gibson said. “We didn’t play mentally well, physically well. We didn’t play the type of game that got us three wins consecutive.
“Our shot selection at times was disappointing. We were getting beat in transition. We weren’t hustling. We gave up too many easy baskets.’’