Westhill boys hoops pounds Grimes, clinches league title

Warriors overwhelm Cobras' defense for season sweep

— The disparity in effort was clear from the opening tip. Reynolds got to the ball before Carnegie even left the ground.

Roland notched Westhill’s first six points of the game. He crossed Ryan Gosson for an elbow jumper on the Warriors second possession, hit another 18-footer off a Lobello screen on the next and after Lobello blocked Akol Ater on one end of the court, Roland cruised in for a transition layup at the other to give the Warriors a 6-3 lead 2:36 into the game.

Ultimately, Roland allied 12 points in that opening frame, and Reynolds scored the team’s last seven points of the quarter to give Westhill a 21-12 edge after eight minutes.

“Tyler can stroke it as well as anyone we’ve got or anyone we’ve had in a few years,” King said. “So it’s just getting that confidence. We keep telling him to shoot it and you saw what happens when he gets his feet under him.”

Grimes' offense showed signs of life in the second quarter. After William Billy rattled home a 3-pointer to extend the Warriors advantage to 30-19 with 5:14 left in the first half, the Cobras went on an 8-2 run — capped by a Carnegie 3-pointer — to pull within 32-27.

Reynolds closed the quarter again for Westhill, swishing a corner 3-pointer, a fadeaway jumper and another deep ball in a span of less than two minutes to send the Warriors into halftime leading 45-34.

“We had about two minutes where we went out, we went hard,” Haven said. “To beat Westhill, we’ve got to go longer than 2-3 minutes. We’ve got to have a whole game.”

The Warriors outscored the Cobras 18-8 in the third quarter to pull away. Karleski cleaned up a miss to make it 50-36 before Lobello snuck a lefty scoop past the outstretched fingertips of Connor Evans 56 seconds later.

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