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Westiew Boys Win NECC Tourney

 

Saturday night’s championship game of the NECC boys basketball tournament, much like the rest of his 2011-12 season, started slowly for Westview forward Kyle Miller.

The lanky, 6-3 junior, who had been forced to miss the first six games of the campaign due to a disciplinary action by the school, had yet to score a point against Fremont as the title tilt entered its final four minutes with the Warriors clinging to a slim, 48-47 lead.

“I was having a bad game,” admitted Miller. “I knew I had to get more mentally into the game and play a little harder if we were going to win.”

Miller did exactly that, exploding for seven straight points to up Westview’s edge to 55-49 with 44 seconds remaining. From there, the Warriors hung on to claim a 57-51 victory and their third consecutive league tourney crown.

“This is awesome,” Miller said of the championship and his team’s 12-1 record. “I don’t think a lot of people thought we’d be this good. We are a deep team that has a lot of players who can make plays.”

Senior guard Brant Yoder and sophomore running mate Jordyn Bontrager were two other Warriors who came through with big shots when they were needed. The backcourt duo combined for 15 points in the third quarter to help Westview open up a 45-39 lead.

“Brant and Jordyn compliment each other so well on the court and they are very unselfish, always looking to get others involved in the offense,” said Warrior head coach Rob Yoder. “We have so many quality kids, it’s nice to see them have success. It’s the best part of coaching as far as I’m concerned.”

Yoder finished with 21 points to pace Westview. He also shared team rebound honors with Nic Raber by grabbing six caroms and led the champions in assists with three.

Bontrager followed Yoder on the Warrior scoresheet with 11 tallies. Adrian Brandenberger chipped in eight.

Tyler Jenkins, who poured in 38 points to lead Fremont past West Noble, 73-59 in the semifinals, managed to put in 22 markers against the swarming Warrior defense. Jake Bryant added 14 points to the Eagle attack.

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 57

Fremont 51

Scoring by quarters

      FR    11    10    17    13    -51

      WV    9    19    17    12    -57

Fremont

Austin Corcimiglia 0, 0-0, 0; Jordon Schmucker 1, 2-2, 4; Jake Bryant 6, 0-2 14; Kaleb Hayes 1, 0-0, 3; Jonathon Verde 2, 2-4, 8; Tyler Jenkins 7, 7-8, 22; Trevor Wirick 0, 0-2, 0; Totals 17, 11-18, 51

Three-point field goals 6 (Bryant 2, Verde 2, Hayes 1, Jenkins 1); Team Fouls 17 (Fouled Out: None)

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 4-7, 0-0, 11; Jerry Schwartz 1-2, 0-0, 2; Judah Zickafoose 0-1, 1-2, 1; Brant Yoder 9-14, 2-4, 21; Adrian Brandenberger 2-6, 2-4, 8; Kyle Miller 3-8, 1-1, 7; Nic Raber 2-6, 1-1, 5; Nate Raber 1-2, 0-0, 2; Totals 22-47, 9-13, 57

Three-point shooting 4-12, (Bontrager 3-5, Yoder 1-3, Schwartz 0-1, Brandenberger 0-1, Miller 0-2); Rebounds 27 (Yoder 6, Nic Raber 6); Steals 3 (Yoder 2); Assists 11 (Yoder 3); Team Fouls 15 (Fouled Out: Bontrager)

 

 

Westview overcame a slow start to roll past Fairfield, 60-41 last Friday in the semifinals of the NECC boys basketball tournament.

Trailing 6-5 after one quarter, the Warriors erupted for a 19-5 run in the second to seize a 24-11 halftime cushion. Coach Rob Yoder’s crew followed that up with a 22-15 spurt in the third stanza to take a 46-26 advantage.

Adrian Brandenberger, whose seven points helped trigger the second-quarter burst, wound up leading the Warriors with 12 points. Nic Raber finished with 10, Kyle Miller had nine and Brant Yoder swished eight.

Chandler Kauffman paced Fairfield with 11 markers.

Fremont beat West Noble, 73-59 in the other semifinal contest Friday. Tyler Jenkins led the Eagles with 38 points.

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 60

Fairfield 41

Scoring by quarters

      FF     6     5    15    15     -41

      WV   5   19    22    14     -60

Fairfield

Zack Kropf 0, 0-0, 0; Dillan Lockwood 0, 0-0, 0; Jared Larue 1, 0-0, 2; Austin Christner 1, 7-7, 9; Alex Miller 3, 0-0, 6; A.J. Mast 1, 1-2, 4; John Stack 0, 0-0, 0; Marcus Rodes 0, 0-0, 0; Nate Miller 1, 0-0, 3; Alex Oberlin 0, 0-0, 0; Chandler Kauffman 3, 5-6, 11; Brian Pluimer 2, 2-2, 6; Totals 12, 15-17, 41

Three-point field goals 2 (Mast 1, N. Miller 1); Team Fouls 14 (Fouled Out: None)

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 3-3, 0-2, 6; Jerry Schwartz 0-0, 0-0, 0; Judah Zickafoose 2-6, 1-2, 5; Brant Yoder 3-9, 1-2, 8; Adrian Brandenberger 5-6, 1-2, 12; Brett Yoder 0-0, 0-0, 0; Damon Miller 0-0, 0-0, 0; Kyle Miller 4-11, 1-2, 9; Nic Raber 5-5, 0-0, 10; Nate Raber 2-5, 2-2, 7; Devin Aspy 1-1, 1-3, 3; Nick Miller 0-0, 0-0, 0; Totals 25-46, 7-15, 60

Three-point shooting 3-7 (Brant Yoder 1-2, Brandenberger 1-1, Nate Raber 1-2, K. Miller 0-2); Rebounds 19 (Bontrager 6); Steals 12 (Brant Yoder 6); Assists 12 (Bontrager 5); Team Fouls 16 (Fouled Out: None)