Saturday, February 25, 2012

Closer Look: Westside Patriots

Westside Patriots (19-7) vs Eastside Eagles (15-13)
@Westside High School
6:30 P.M., Saturday, Feb 25

Despite falling to Josey in Saturday’s region 3-AAA  tournament championship game, the Westside Patriots are playing as well as just about any team in the tournament.  Saturday’s loss was the first in 40 days, snapping an eleven game win streak. 

Westside’s guard combo of 6’4” junior Frank Booker and 6’ senior Ronald Campbell scores like no other we have witnessed this season. 

In addition to being an exceptional scorer, Booker has proven to be as good of an all around player and leader as the area has seen this season.  He routinely scores from deep with defenders draped all over him, he makes the mid range floater over tall players, and at 6’4” he attacks the basket relentlessly, scoring and getting to the foul line.  As if that weren’t enough, the junior also creates scoring opportunities for teammates, he rebounds on both ends, and he blocks more than his fair share of shots. 
Campbell has been red hot lately.  He shoots extremely well from deep.  And he has the ball  handling skills to create space for that shot both in the mid range and in the paint.

The Patriots look to get back to their winning ways Saturday at home against Eastside High School, in the first round of the AAA state tournament.

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