This followed, for the Warriors, a 64-49 victory over Community Health Academy on Dec. 7 in a game where Westhill head coach Kevin King matched wits with his own son, Michael, in a game that raised money for the family of Chris Collins, a 2000 Westhill graduate who passed away last year.
After a 20-8 first quarter, the Warriors maintained a steady margin on CHA the rest of the way while getting long minutes from its reserves. Jordan Roland still managed 18 points as Reynolds and Ryan Roland each had seven points. Chase Gedney, Mike Burton and Dan O’Connell got six points apiece.
Westhill didn’t have the only big victory on Friday night. Solvay, struggling with an 0-2 record, and snowed out of Wednesday’s game with Hannibal, managed to rise up from those struggles and knock off 5-0 Bishop Grimes 56-50 in overtime to break into the win column.
The Bearcats trailed, 20-17, at halftime, when it used a 15-9 push through the third quarter to move out in front. Though the Cobras rallied to tie it, 45-45, and force OT, Solvay regained control in the extra period and used a series of free throws to put it away.
Davis Kippen, with 17 points, led Solvay’s effort, with Cody Pucello close behind as he got 15 points. Tyler Cardinell added 11 points as, for Grimes, Tom Steinberg (12 points), Joe Arrigo (11 points) and Johnny Wike (10 points) hit double figures.
Jordan-Elbridge had just one game last week, when it went to Phoenix last Monday night and could not get much going in a 63-40 defeat to the Firebirds.
The Eagles kept up in the first quarter, only trailing 16-14. But Phoenix soon proved why its 2-0 start wasn’t a fluke, more than doubling J-E’s output, 35-16, over the course of the next two periods to pull clear.
Kyle Matousek finished with 11 points, while Brandon Macvicz, Ryan Cooper and Zach Wagner put up seven points apiece. Phoenix’s Dylan Doupe led both sides with 18 points. J-E was scheduled to play at APW on Friday night, but that, like Westhill’s game with the Rebels, was snowed out.