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Warriors reach perfection, win first state Federation title

Westhill basketball romps to 27-0 mark in 2013-14

— Perfection, in sports or any other endeavor, is rarely attained, but the Westhill boys basketball team has pulled it off.

Twenty-seven times in the 2013-14 season, the Warriors took the court, and it won every single time, capped by Sunday's 65-46 victory over Regis in Sunday's state Class B Federation championship game at Albany's Times Union Center.

It's the first Federation title for Westhill. The two previous times it prevailed in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament, in 1997 and 2010, it could not add the Federation title on either occasion.

Here, though, Westhill carried over the high level of performance it had shown a week earlier at Glens Falls, when in the state public final against Olean Jordan Roland scored 32 first-half points in a dazzling shooting display.

Any concern that the Warriors may have peaked at Glens Falls was silenced during the first quarter of Saturday's Federation semifinal, a 80-52 victory over Dwight School, from New York City, who represented the Association of Independent Schools.

During a first-quarter blitz, Westhill left Dwight far behind, and again Roland led the way. He had 13 of the Warriors' first 18 points, and even after Dwight double-teamed him, Westhill kept on going until, at the end of the period, it had a 25-2 lead.

To its credit, Dwight fought back in the second quarter, taking advantage of Roland picking up his third foul. But Tyler Reynolds carried the attack with a series of baskets, and when Ryan Roland sank a 3-pointer just before the horn, Westhill took a 42-23 lead to halftime.

When Jordan Roland returned in the third quarter, the Warriors regained its earlier margin, and then added to it as Dwight could not keep pace.

Roland doing a bit of everything, finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Reynolds picked up a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while William Billy had eight points. Kevin Daily and Ryan Roland each got six points.

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