London calling: Senior adding spark to Kinston effort during homestretch
Kinston’s Will London (right) looks to make a pass while defended by Greene Central’s Donte Johnson in Tuesday’s game. Photo by William ‘Bud’ Hardy / Neuse News
Will London is making the grade on and off the court for Kinston.
The junior has started the Vikings' last three games, including Tuesday's 55-42 victory over Greene Central. Despite a tough stretch for Kinston with four games last week and hosting the Eastern Carolina 2A leaders in its last game, the Vikings have gone 4-1, the lone loss a 59-57 road defeat to 4A New Hanover Jan. 26 in Wilmington.
London has scored eight points or more in all five games, including 16 in the win over Goldsboro Jan. 23.
"I'm trying to bring energy and just be the motor of the team," London said. "I want everyone to get excited and hustle."
Kinston coach Perry Tyndall said London affects the game in ways the box score may not portray, which has been great for the Vikings.
"Will brings us an element of toughness, similar to a (Reginald) “Tigger” Clark, Bryon Harvey, Jaquan Artis — guys who really gave a lot to our program in previous years," Tyndall said. "He brings us another great element and has deserved everything he's received. Whether he's out there for five minutes or 30, he's locked in and ready to play."
London was academically ineligible for the first semester, which had him watching the first meeting with Greene Central, a 64-58 overtime loss on Dec. 14. London said not being able to participate was additional motivation to get back on the court.
“It really hurt not being able to be out there with my brothers that first time," London said. "I had a lot to prove in the game and it felt good being able to get this win."
London said he is continuing to work hard in the classroom, especially knowing the benefits it has on the court.
"It hurt the team when I was out, so I'm trying to make up for it," London said. "I want to be another spark on this team to keep us on track."