Westview JV played their Metro League matchup on the road at Southridge HS. In what has become a fantastic rivalry over the years, the game once again did not disappoint. Westview took a 10 point lead (20-10) early in the 2nd quarter behind the strong play of Juwon Esuk, who had 10 points in the first quarter. Southridge then mixed up their defense and went into a full court press and half court 1-3-1 defense. The strategy was successful, as the cats were outscored 21-6 at this point. Southridge led at half 31-26. The cats made their adjustments and came out early in the 3rd and erased the deficit. The scored see-sawed back and fourth throughout the second half. In the last two minutes Westview took a three point lead and twice had one-and-one opportunities at the free throw line to expand their lead. On both occasions, the front end of the free throws were missed and Southridge stormed back and got within two points. With :38 seconds to play, Westview’s Zach D’Haem threw an errant pass into the backcourt versus tough Southridge pressure. Southridge burned a TO and ran play for a lay in to tie the score at 50 all with :20 seconds remaining. After breaking the press, Westview spread the floor, drove the paint and kicked it out to Zach D’Haem who hit a deep right sideline three to put Westview up with :02 seconds to play. Westview’s Connor Nelson stole the inbound pass at half court to ensure the Wildcat victory. It wasn’t our best game, and we have much to improve on, but we fought to the end and came up with a crucial road victory to start off Metro League play.
- 53 Westview High School
- 50 Southridge High School
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