Every Westhill boys basketball player, along with their coaches and fans, dreams of winning a state championship. Yet none of them, in their wildest imaginations, could have conceived just how the Warriors reached the summit for the third time in the program's history.
Jordan Roland put up a first half for the ages in Saturday night's state Class B final against Olean at Glens Falls Civic Center, Tyler Reynolds nearly matched him by game's end, and it all added up to a 93-55 destruction of the Huskies and a perfect 25-0 mark.
Just like in 1997 and 2010, Westhill brought home the big prize, but in neither of those instances did they provide something comparable to what Roland and Reynolds would do to Olean.
Making every conceivable shot, Roland scored 32 points - by halftime, and finished with 41 points, along with tournament MVP honors. Then, even with his team well out in front, Reynolds kept them there with his own big outburst in the second half, which gave him 38 points for the night.
As a whole, Westhill's 93 points fell just one point short of the team record for any state tournament game in Glens Falls. And the seven 3-pointers that Roland converted left him just one short of another state tournament mark, while his 41 points lagged just behind the record of 47 points that Bernard Blunt (Jamesville-DeWitt) and Adonal Foyle (Hamilton) share.
Yet even the numbers don't adequately describe the sense of shock and awe that Olean, who beat Woodlands 71-63 in one state semifinal as Westhill was outlasting Ogdensburg Free Academy 74-67 in the other, must have felt during the first half.
Barely 30 seconds into the game, Roland hit a jumper. Then he made two free throws. Midway through the first quarter, the onslaught began in earnest as Roland hit on three 3-pointers in a span of less than two minutes, as he finished the period with 15 points.