Saturday, February 9, 2013
Westside Goes on Run to Defeat Thomson
After an intensely contested battle, Westside pulled away from Thomson late in the fourth quarter to grab an 83-70 win at home on the final night of the regular season. Westside finished the season with a 17-3 overall record. Thomson fell to 16-6. According to head coach Marvin Fields, the win should give Westside "confidence" heading into the post season.
After an early Frank Booker three pointer, the home crowd was very much into the game. But the momentum did not last very long. Thomson proceeded to control much of the first half, accumulating a 36-24 lead midway through the second quarter by using a strong man to man defense that lead to many turnovers and layups in transition. The Bulldogs, led by Sherrod Hart's 19 points, also shot the ball fairly well throughout the game.
But Booker (32 points) and Quinton Phillips (24 points) would not let their team fall easily. The Patriots cut the Bulldogs' lead to 39-36 at halftime. Booker had to work hard all night, as the majority of his shots were contested. But throughout the evening the senior standout got to the free throw line, making 11 from the charity stripe.
Throughout the second half there was many lead changes, as each team traded blows. With 6:00 remaining in the game, and Thomson leading 64-63, Booker delivered the haymaker. After a Westside steal and fast break, a layup was missed, allowing Booker to convert a crowd shaking tip dunk, igniting a 20-6 Westside run.
Watch the highlights above to see how the Patriots earned a hard fought win against a solid Thomson team.
By Josh White