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Boys NECC Tourney results

 

Powered by a 19-1 burst to open the game, the Westview Warriors cruised into the NECC boys basketball tournament semifinals with an 86-33 trouncing of host Hamilton Wednesday evening.

Kyle Miller netted seven of his game-high 23 points during the initial Westview thrust. Jordyn Bontrager, who would finish the tilt with 14 points, and Chandler Aspy, who wound up with 10, each contributed five markers to the quick start.

“We mentioned to the players that getting off to a good start would make things a lot easier against a team like Hamilton,” said Warrior chief Rob Yoder, whose club had beaten the Marines on the same floor, 80-27 just a few days earlier. “Our defense set the tone and we were able to knock down some shots.”

Holding a 58-24 lead going into the fourth quarter, Yoder pulled most of his starters in favor of allowing his reserves to gain some varsity experience. The reserves, led by Cody Litwiller’s eight points, out scored Hamilton, 20-4 in the final minutes, much to the delight of their head coach.

“That was good to see,” said Yoder of the effort given by the bench players. “They moved the ball well which resulted in a lot of good looks at the basket.”

Casey Rote paced Hamilton with 16 points. Brett Converset added 11.

Westview (9-1) will travel to Ligonier this Friday for a semifinal clash against West Noble (10-0). The Chargers kept their unbeaten campaign going Wednesday night with a 56-33 romp over Lakeland at Prairie Heights.

West Noble jumped out to a 17-6 lead after one period, only to see Lakeland narrow the spread to six (28-22) at halftime. The Chargers then closed the game on a 28-11 run.

Drew Schermerhorn dropped in 15 points to lead the West Noble offense. Nick Thomas chipped in 12 markers.

Spencer Mortola sank 23 of the Lakers’ 33 points in the tilt.

Fairfield (7-5) will host Angola (4-5) in the other semifinal tilt Friday. The championship game is set for 7:45 p.m. Saturday night at Westview.

Lakeland (2-9) reached the quarterfinals thanks to a 46-43 triumph over Prairie Heights (5-8) in first-round action Tuesday night in LaGrange.

Mortola tossed in 13 points and Chandler Mynhier totaled 11 for the Lakers, who led by as many as 10 in the second half.

Jacob Heller and Zach Shepard were the Panthers to reach double figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively. They both also hauled down six rebounds.

GAME SUMMARIES

Westview 86

Hamilton 33

Scoring by quarters

    WV     23    11    24    28    -86

     HA       5      7    12      9    -33

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 5, 3-4, 14; Daron Miller 2, 2-2, 6; Bucky Carpenter 2, 0-0, 4; Jamar Weaver 2, 0-0, 6; Chase Anderson 0, 0-0, 0; Cody Litwiller 2, 4-6, 10; Brett Yoder 1, 0-0, 2; Andrew Yoder 2, 0-0, 4; Chandler Aspy 4, 2-4, 10; Nic Raber 2, 3-4, 7; Kyle Miller 9, 2-4, 23; Totals 31, 16-24, 86

Three-point field goals 8 (K. Miller 3, Weaver 2, Litwiller 2, Bontrager 1); Rebounds 35 (Aspy 8); Steals 14 (Raber 4); Assists 18 (Litwiller 5, Bontrager 4); Team Fouls 21 (Fouled Out: None)

West Noble

Daine Johnson 0, 1-2, 1; Brett Converset 5, 0-0, 11; Casey Rote 5, 6-11, 16; Colton Rose 0, 0-2, 0; Addison Stevens 1, 0-2, 2; Aaron Kelley 0, 0-0, 0; Hunter Schiffli 1, 0-1, 2; Trayson Lucas 0, 1-2, 1; Gage Law 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 12, 8-20, 33

Three-point field goals 1 (Converset 1); Team Fouls 17 (Fouled Out: Rose)

West Noble 56

Lakeland 33

Scoring by quarters

     WN     17    11    13    15    -56

      LL        6    16      6      5    -33

West Noble

Brandon Evans 0, 0-0, 0; Drew Schermerhorn 4, 4-4, 15; Nick Thomas 4, 3-3, 12; Phil Miller 2, 2-2, 7; Keith Gibson 3, 0-0, 6; Nick Noe 3, 2-4, 8; Armando Rosales 2, 4-5, 8; Totals 18, 15-18, 56

Three-point field goals 5 (Schermerhorn 3, Thomas 1, Miller 1)

Lakeland

Daemyn Priestley 1, 0-0, 3; Eric Herber 1, 0-0, 2; Mitch Herber 1, 0-2, 2; Todd Knote 0, 0-0, 0; Dustin Cunningham 0, 0-0, 0; Marco Olivares 0, 0-0, 0; Spencer Mortola 8, 5-6, 23; Joseph Trost 0, 2-2, 2; Chandler Mynhier 0, 1-2, 1; Brant Betts 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 11, 8-12, 33

Three-point field goals 3 (Mortola 2, Priestley 1)

Lakeland 46

Prairie Heights 43

Scoring by quarters

      PH     2    12    10    19    -43

      LL     7    10    13    16    -46

Prairie Heights

Spencer Hess 0, 0-0, 0; Kyler West 1, 0-0, 3; Cassten Everidge 0, 0-0, 0; Jackie Owens 0, 0-0, 0; Landon Wohlers 0, 0-0, 0; Jacob Heller 5, 4-9, 15; Corey Johnson 2, 0-0, 5; Dylan Stayner 1, 0-0, 2; Zach Shepard 5, 1-2, 13; Bobby Blum 1, 2-4, 5; Levi Tuckerman 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 15, 7-15, 43

Three-point field goals 4 (West 1, Heller 1, Johnson 1, Blum 1)

Lakeland

Daemyn Priestley 1, 4-5, 6; Eric Herber 0, 0-0, 0; Mitch Herber 1, 0-1, 3; Todd Knote 1, 2-3, 4; Dustin Cunningham 2, 0-0, 5; Marco Olivares 0, 0-0, 0; Spencer Mortola 4, 3-5, 13; Joseph Trost 0, 0-0, 0; Chandler Mynhier 4, 3-5, 11; Brant Betts 1, 1-2, 4; Totals 14, 13-21, 46

Three-point field goals 5 (Mortola 2, M. Herber 1, Cunningham 1, Betts 1)