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Westview boys fall short at NECC

 

It took a red-hot team off to its best start ever and playing in front of a rabid, hometown crowd to finally end Westview’s dominance of the NECC boys basketball tournament.

West Noble upended the four-time defending champion Warriors, 61-40 in the finals of the 2014 league event Saturday night in Ligonier, improving the Chargers to 11-0 on the season. For Westview, it was the first loss in NECC tournament competition since the 2009 semifinals when it fell to Lakeland, 58-51.

“West Noble played well and deserves all the credit,” said a gracious Warrior head coach Rob Yoder upon emerging from a disappointed locker room. “We did not play well, but a lot of that was due to the effort and plays made by them (West Noble).”

The Chargers took control of the game in the opening minutes. Brandon Evans’ three-pointer earned the hosts a 5-2 lead. A steal and two-handed dunk by Phil Miller put West Noble up 19-10 at the end of the first period.

Westview stayed within striking distance through most of the second quarter on the scoring of Chandler Aspy. The junior forward netted a field goal and three free throws, the last of which cut the Warrior deficit to seven (24-17).

West Noble then reeled off seven unanswered points to end the frame, extending the difference to 14 (31-17) at halftime. Westview would not get closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Brandon Moser, whose three-pointer capped the late second-period spurt, wound up with four triples on the night and a game-high 24 markers. Drew Schermerhorn chipped in 14 points and Evans totaled a dozen.

Schermerhorn led the Chargers on the glass with seven rebounds and in assists with three. Moser and Evans each made three steals.

Aspy topped the Westview scoring column with 13 points and led the Warriors in rebounds with nine. Jordyn Bontrager collected 10 points and five assists.

“We’ve showed glimpses of being a good team at times this season, but tonight showed how far we still have to go,” said Yoder. “Our goal is to be playing our best basketball at the end of the season.”

The Chargers (4-0) and Warriors (3-0) sit atop the NECC standings. They are scheduled to meet again February 7 in Emma.

GAME SUMMARY

West Noble 61

Westview 40

Scoring by quarters

      WV     10     7     9    14    -40

      WN     19   18   12    18    -61

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 4-12, 0-0, 10; Daron Miller 2-6, 0-0, 4; Judah Zickafoose 2-3, 0-0, 4; Jamar Weaver 2-7, 0-0, 5; Brody Jantzi 0-1, 0-0, 0; Cody Litwiller 0-2, 0-0, 0; Andrew Yoder 1-3, 0-0, 2; Chase Anderson 1-2, 0-0, 2; Damon Hershberger 0-0, 0-0, 0; Chandler Aspy 3-1, 7-12, 13; Totals 15-47, 7-12, 40

Three-point shooting 3-18 (Bontrager 2-7, Weaver 1-6, Miller 0-2, Yoder 0-2, Litwiller 0-1); Rebounds 21 (Aspy 9); Steals 7 (Zickafoose 3); Assists 7 (Bontrager 5); Turnovers 12; Team Fouls 13 (Fouled Out: None)

West Noble

Brandon Evans 4, 0-0, 10; Drew Schermerhorn 5, 3-4, 14; Brandon Moser 9, 2-3, 24; Phil Miller 4, 0-0, 9; Waylon Richardson 1, 0-0, 2; Kyley Warble 0, 0-0, 0; Landon Stover 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 24, 5-7, 61

Three-point field goals 8 (Moser 4, Evans 2, Schermerhorn 1, Miller 1); Rebounds 21 (Schermerhorn 7); Steals 9 (Evans 3, Moser 3); Assists 9 (Schermerhorn 3); Turnovers 14; Team Fouls 7 (Fouled Out: None)

 

 

Westview advanced to its fifth straight NECC boys basketball tournament finale with a 79-69 victory over county rival Prairie Heights last Friday night in Emma.

Jordyn Bontrager poured in 32 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists to lead the Warrior attack. The senior guard did all of his scoring over the initial three periods, helping Westview build a 59-44 advantage.

Daron Miller joined Bontrager in double figures on the Warrior scoresheet with 13 points. Chandler Aspy netted eight points to go with his seven rebounds. Jamar Weaver also tallied eight points.

Jacob Heller led Prairie Heights with 25 points and 11 rebounds. The junior forward improved his career point total to 1072, lifting him past Kristin Groosbeck (1065) into third place on the all-time Prairie Heights scoring list.

Kyler West chipped in 15 points and Zach Shepard 14 to the Panther ledger. West also dealt three assists and Shepard logged five rebounds.

West Noble trimmed Eastside, 57-46 in the other semifinal game Friday.

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 79

Prairie Heights 69

Scoring by quarters

      PH      9    18    17    25    -69

      WV  16    20    23    20    -79

Prairie Heights

Cody Bachelor 1-7, 1-2, 3; Kyler West 6-16, 2-6, 15; Cassten Everidge 1-1, 0-1, 3; Austin Penick 2-3, 0-1, 5; Zach Shepard 6-8, 2-2, 14; Jacob Heller 7-20, 9-11, 25; Corey Johnson 0-2, 0-0, 0; Dylan Stayner 1-4, 2-2, 4; Levi Tuckerman 0-0, 0-2, 0; Bobby Blum 0-1, 0-0, 0; Totals 24-60, 16-27, 69

Three-point field goals 5 (Heller 2, West 1, Everidge 1, Penick 1); Rebounds 28 (Heller 11); Steals 2; Assists 9 (West 3); Turnovers 13; Team Fouls 26 (Fouled Out: Penick, Heller)

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 12-17, 5-6, 32; Daron Miller 4-7, 5-7, 13; Judah Zickafoose 3-10, 1-3, 7; Jamar Weaver 2-4, 2-2, 8; Brody Jantzi 1-1, 4-6, 6; Cody Litwiller 0-0, 0-0, 0; Andrew Yoder 0-0, 0-0, 0; Chase Anderson 0-0, 0-0, 0; Damon Hershberger 2-2, 1-2, 5; Chandler Aspy 3-8, 2-4, 8; Totals 27-49, 20-30, 79

Three-point shooting 5-11 (Bontrager 3-7, Weaver 2-4); Rebounds 33 (Bontrager 9, Aspy 7); Steals 4 (Jantzi 3); Assists 11 (Bontrager 6); Turnovers 11; Team Fouls 25 (Fouled Out: Bontrager, Aspy)