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Warrior boys win Sectional

 

North Judson, here we come!

Again!

For the second consecutive season and the fifth time in seven years, the Westview Warriors earned the 100-mile trip to the Starke County regional by winning the 2A boys basketball sectional championship. Saturday night in Emma, coach Rob Yoder’s charges held off a scrappy Bremen Lions squad, 63-47 in the title tilt.

“I think we know the way there,” quipped Yoder on his club’s journey to the regional this Saturday. “Winning the sectional is very important to our fans and community. It has been since the school was formed in 1966. I’m just very happy for our kids.”

Bremen, behind the hot shooting of Jacob Box and T.J. Bayer, held the lead for much of the first quarter. Westview then strung together a 15-8 run in the second period, culminating with a rebound basket at the buzzer by Kyle Miller, giving the Warriors a 30-24 halftime edge.

“The basket by Kyle gave us a big lift going into halftime,” cited Yoder. “We got a good look off an inbounds play, only to miss the shot. Had we not scored there it could have been a real downer for our kids.”

Westview immediately bumped up its lead to a dozen (36-24) on consecutive three-point goals by Jordyn Bontrager and Brant Yoder. “Those shots gave us a little more cushion and forced Bremen to come out of its zone and play us man-to-man,” said Yoder.

The Lions refused to go away, however, and when Box swished his third trey of the game late in the third quarter, Bremen had pulled back to within six (42-36). But a basket by Adrian Brandenberger and a tip-in by Devin Aspy to end the frame restored Westview to a 10-point advantage (46-36), and the Lions never got closer than nine after that.

All 12 players on the Warrior roster made it onto the court with nine recording at least two points. Brandenberger led the champs with 18 points, followed by Yoder and Zickafoose with 10 apiece.

“Last night (in the semifinals), Brant was our top scorer and tonight, Adrian led us. It just speaks volumes of the depth this team has. Having so many players who can make plays creates a lot of matchup problems for our opponents,” Yoder stated.

Box finished with 20 points for Bremen, which ended the season 8-15. Bayer netted 11.

Westview, now 20-5, will find out its initial regional foe Monday night when Adams Central (18-3) meets Fort Wayne Luers (14-8) for the South Adams sectional title. The winner of that game will face the Warriors in the second semifinal game Saturday at approximately 1 p.m. LaGrange time.

The regional opener at 11 a.m. pits Hebron (23-1) against Bowman Academy (14-8). The regional championship game is slated for 8:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 63

Bremen47

Scoring by quarters

     WV    15    15    16    17    -63

     BR      16     8     12    11    -47

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 1, 0-0, 3; Jerry Schwartz 1, 0-0, 2; Judah Zickafoose 5, 0-0, 10; Brant Yoder 2, 5-6, 10; Adrian Brandenberger 6, 6-8, 18; Chandler Aspy 0, 0-0, 0; Damon Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Kyle Miller 4, 0-2, 9; Nic Raber 1, 1-1, 3; Nate Raber 2, 0-0, 4; Devin Aspy 2, 0-0, 4; Nick Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 24, 12-17, 63

Three-point field goals 3 (Bontrager 1, Yoder 1, K. Miller 1); Team Fouls 20 (Fouled Out: None)

Bremen

Ben Hueni 2, 3-4, 7; Don Browning 0, 0-0, 0; Wes Burkholder 0, 0-0, 0; T.J. Bayer 5, 1-1, 11; Ethan Pike 2, 1-2, 5; Jacob Box 5, 7-8, 20; Sam Lacher 0, 0-0, 0; Tim Zimmer 0, 0-2, 0; Phoenix Ricketts 0, 0-0, 0; Austin Huff 0, 0-0, 0; Dillon Mullen 0, 2-4, 2; Mitch Huppert 1, 0-0, 2; Totals 15, 14-21, 47

Three-point field goals 3 (Box 3); Team Fouls 21 (Fouled Out: Pike)