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Playoff favorites roll to sectional wins

Westhill, Ludden boys, WG girls each win big

When Tyler Reynolds and Jordan Roland start heating up, the Westhill boys basketball team can look unstoppable.

The top-seeded Warriors used a 27-point third quarter to blow past no. 8 seed Syracuse Academy of Science 68-48 in Tuesday night's Section III Class B quarterfinal.

Westhill had seen SAS before, on Jan. 8, and it was a 69-33 romp, but the Atoms had vastly improved since that point, as the Warriors would find out.

The final margin wasn’t at all indicative of the first half play between the two teams. SAS fought the Warriors hard early on, never trailing by more than five points in the first 16 minutes.

“If a team can play with you, they can beat you this time of year,” King said.

And the Atoms did, holding Reynolds and Roland to six and nine points, respectively, in the first half. All the while, Marcus Landers and Jayson Brower poured in nine and 10 points, respectively, for SAS.

“They put us on our heels a little,” King said. “We haven’t been in many close games, and they came after us. We needed to sort of collect ourselves.”

After going into halftime clinging to a 29-27 lead, Westhill came out of the locker on fire. Reynolds scored 10 of his 17 points in third and Roland added 12 of his 28 points during that period.

Ryan Roland, Jordan’s younger brother, was the third piece of the puzzle, adding five points in that quarter, and suddenly Westhill had a 54-33 lead going to the fourth quarter. For the game, that trio – Reynolds and the Roland brothers – combined for 59 of the Warrior’s 68 points.

“Jordan and Tyler can score, and Ryan comes in and he’s not afraid to bang shots either,” King said. “Obviously the other guys contribute it other ways.”

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