A year ago at the FCA Hoops Classic, Winfield felt like it gave away a game against Wheeling Park, frittering away a 17-point lead before losing.
The Generals didn't make the same mistake Friday night.
Toby Show hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:11 remaining and Winfield held on for a 64-63 victory over the Patriots in one of the featured games of the weekend hoopfest at the Civic Center.
The Generals (4-0) withstood Park's final possession, in which Trenton Smith missed a clean look at a 3 from the top of the key in the waning seconds.
"We had a couple of kids hit big shots at the right time,'' said Winfield coach Pat McGinnis. "They kept their poise. Maybe in the past we didn't keep our poise. I thought last year when we played [Park], some guys quit. We didn't quit tonight. It's just good win against real good program.''
Bear Bellomy, despite a rough night shooting, led the Generals with 23 points, including a 13-of-14 effort at the foul line. Zach Fisher added 14 points and Show 13.
For Park (2-1), Luke Saseen led with 17 points and seven assists, and low post Phil Bledsoe turned in a double-double (14 points, 17 rebounds).
"We didn't call a timeout at the end because we had it in Luke's hands,'' said Park coach Michael Jebbia. "I didn't want to take it on a side out and maybe take a chance on throwing it away. We got a good look.''
After Winfield's Brandon Wright missed a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left and the Generals up a point, Park got the ball to Saseen — the team's only senior — and he backed down his defender at the foul lane. Running out of time and with the defense collapsing, Saseen spotted Smith alone at the top of the key and fed him the ball. Smith's shot skipped off the rim and out to Wright, who dribbled off the final few seconds.