Warriors reach perfection, win first state Federation title

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

— And this led to the Federation final against Regis, also from New York City, who represented the Catholic High School Athletic Association. The Raiders had beaten PSAL champion Brooklyn Arts 52-44 in the other Federation semifinal.

After blazing starts in its last two outings, Westhill, for once, came out slowly against Regis, giving up the game's first five points. But within minutes, Roland had put his team in front to stay, and his 10 first-quarter points eventually produced a 21-12 lead going to the second period.

Settling down, the Raiders traded baskets with Westhill the rest of the half. Thus, despite 18 points from Roland and nine points from Reynolds, the Warriors only had a 34-28 lead early in the third quarter.

But two big runs would preserve the perfect season. First, Roland and Reynolds sparked a 12-2 spurt that made it 46-30. Then, after Regis answered with eight straight points, the Warriors sealed it in the fourth quarter with 10 consecutive points.

What's more, for all that the talented junior class had done to lead Westhill throughout this dream season, it was the lone senior starter, guard William Billy, who hit back-to-back 3-pointers during that 10-0 run that helped end the drama.

When they exited with less than two minutes left, Roland had picked up 30 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Reynolds had secured 17 points, plus six rebounds. Fellow juniors Dan O'Connell and Jeff Lobello stood out, too, as O'Connell grabbed nine rebounds and Lobello managed seven assists.

Already, the anticipation for 2014-15 has started for Westhill. Having Reynolds, Lobello, O'Connell, Jordan Roland and Ryan Roland back will create massive expectations, but one thing is certain - what happened this season could not be topped, only matched.

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