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Westhill wins state Class B basketball championship

Historic first half by Roland leads to rout of Olean

And that was just the beginning.

Two more contested jumpers early in the second quarter brought Roland's total to 19 points. Even though Olean constantly put pressure on him and had a defender square up, Roland continued to fire away - and continued to convert.

By the middle of the second quarter, the total was up to 26 points thanks to two more 3-pointers that found the net. And just as the Warriors were closing the half on an astonishing 27-4 run, Roland got his fifth and sixth 3-pointers of the night, the last of them an NBA-range jumper that made it 49-18 going into halftime.

With those 32 points, Roland had nearly doubled the production of a talented, potent Olean lineup that included two college-bound seniors (Will Bathurst to Cornell, Sam Eckstrom to College of Saint Rose) all by himself. Thus, the only serious remaining question was the final margin - and whether Roland would get to that record 47-point plateau.

The shell-shocked Huskies were out of the game by now, but that didn't matter to Westhill. In the second half, Roland mostly deferred to his junior teammate, Reynolds, whose 27 points were so crucial in the Ogdensburg win the night before.

From long-range jumpers to an emphatic dunk midway through the third quarter, Reynolds managed to score another 27 points just in those last two periods, adding more luster to an effort that already tested the limits of superlative language.

Team-wise, Westhill made 14 of the 21 3-pointers it attempted and shot 64.2 percent (36-for-56 overall). Roland tried 21 field goals and made 16 of them - all of this on top of a defense that, anchored by Jeff Lobello and William Billy, made sure that none of the Huskies' stars got close to the rhythm that the Warriors found.

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