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Westview boys win sectional

The Westview boys basketball team prides itself on having multiple players with the ability to make plays on any given night.

Saturday night in the finals of the 2A sectional against Bremen, it was Jamar Weaver’s turn to lead the Warriors.

The 5-11 senior, who scored just two points in Westview’s semifinal win over LaVille the previous evening, dropped in 20 points on the Lions, sparking the Warriors to a 60-49 title-clinching triumph.

“Good basketball teams have more than one scoring option and we have several,” stated Westview skipper Rob Yoder, who has now led the Warriors to six sectional championships in the last nine seasons. “Jamar had the hot hand early and he helped us get off to a great start.”

Weaver canned a trio of three-point shots in the first eight minutes, as Westview raced to a 24-9 edge. He would drain another triple in the second period, which ended with the hosts holding a 37-20 advantage.

Two buckets each by senior Isaac Zickafoose and junior Chandler Aspy in the third quarter helped boost the Westview lead to 21 (47-26). Aspy would finish with 15 points and Zickafoose had 10.

But Bremen, which came into the title tilt with just four wins, was not ready to go down without a fight. With most of the Warrior regulars on the bench, the Lions went on a 13-1 run to start the final period. Ryan Topper’s hoop with 5:06 left drew Bremen within nine (48-39).

With visions of his team’s near-collapse against LaVille the night before swirling in his head, Yoder hustled his starters back onto the floor. The result was a quick, 6-0 spurt to push the margin back up to 55-39. Bremen wouldn’t come closer than 10 after that.

“Some people will look at the final score and think the game was closer than it really was,” Yoder observed. “I felt we were in control of the game throughout, even when Bremen was making its comeback, for which they deserve a lot of credit.”

Joey Atkins, who netted eight points in the fourth quarter, finished with 18 points to lead the Lion attack. Matt Box added 10 markers and Topper nine.

Westview will take a 20-4 record into the 2A regional at North Judson this Saturday. The Warriors take on No. 3 Hammond Noll in the second semifinal game at approximately 1 p.m. (LaGrange time). Hammond Noll raised its season mark to 21-3 with its 65-52 victory over Whiting in the finals of the Hebron sectional.

“Hammond Noll is a good team, but so are we,” said Yoder of the regional matchup. “We’ll see who will be better on that day.”

 

Winamac (14-8) will play the winner of the South Adams sectional (either Woodlan or Fort Wayne Canterbury) in the opening regional semifinal at 11 a.m. The semifinal winners will then clash at 8:30 p.m. for the regional title and a trip to the 2A semi-state scheduled for March 22 at either Huntington North or Lafayette Jeff.

 

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 60

Bremen 49

Scoring by quarters

      BR      9    11     6    23    -49

     WV    24    13   10   13     -60

Bremen

Joey Atkins 6-18, 3-3, 16; Matt Box 4-10, 1-6, 10; Bryce Cassel 1-3, 0-0, 3; Ryan Topper 4-7, 1-3, 9; Sam Lacher 2-3, 0-0, 4; Austin Adams 1-3, 0-0, 3; Justin Baker 0-0, 0-0, 0; Craig Allen 1-2, 0-0, 2; Totals 20-46, 5-12, 49

Three-point shooting 4-12 (Atkins 1-5, Box 1-3, Cassel 1-3, Adams 1-1); Rebounds 21 (Box 5, Topper 5); Steals 2; Assists 5 (Box 3); Turnovers 8; Team Fouls 15 (Fouled Out: None)

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 2-9, 1-2, 5; Daron Miller 1-3, 1-1, 3; Judah Zickafoose 5-7, 0-0, 10; Jamar Weaver 6-10, 3-4, 20; Brody Jantzi 0-1, 0-0, 0; Cody Litwiller 1-1, 0-0, 3; Andrew Yoder 0-2, 0-0, 0; Chase Anderson 0-0, 0-0, 0; Damon Hershberger 1-3, 2-2, 4; Chandler Aspy 4-9, 7-10, 15; Tim Miller 0-0, 0-0, 0; Kade Miller 0-0, 0-0, 0; Totals 20-45, 14-19, 60

Three-point shooting 6-14 (Weaver 5-9, Litwiller 1-1, Bontrager 0-3, D. Miller 0-1); Rebounds 27 (Zickafoose 8, Aspy 8); Steals 5 (Weaver 2); Assists 8 (Bontrager 3); Turnovers 7; Team Fouls 12 (Fouled Out: None)

Westview barely held on to defeat an upset-minded LaVille squad, 57-51 in the semifinals of the 2A boys basketball sectional last Friday night in Emma.

Sparked by a 12-0 start, the host Warriors held leads of 14-3 and 25-14 at the initial two period breaks. Senior forward Judah Zickafoose fueled Westview’s first-half burst with 10 points.

“I thought our kids came out very focused on defense,” stated Warrior chief Rob Yoder. “We knew how to defend LaVille and executed that plan.”

The Warriors continued their dominant play throughout most of the third period. Jordyn
Bontrager’s three-point play midway through the frame earned Westview what would be its largest lead (35-17) of the contest. The 5-11 senior guard netted 10 of his team-high 23 points during the stanza.

But before the Warrior faithful could celebrate a win, they would have to endure a very gritty comeback by the young Lancers led by their outstanding point-guard, Blake Berger. The 5-10 junior canned four consecutive field goals, including a three-pointer, to help LaVille close the gap to 11 (42-31) by the end of the third quarter.

The Lancers picked up where they left off at the start of the fourth period, as a triple by sophomore Isaac Eash and a deuce by senior Cameron Gurtner sliced the difference to six (42-36). A couple of minutes later, consecutive threes by junior Kyle Kopetski and Berger drew LaVille to within one (46-45).

“Give LaVille a lot of credit for the comeback,” praised Yoder. “Our kids were right in their face, but they kept hitting some tough shots.”

Three free throws by junior Chandler Aspy restored Westview to a four-point margin. But a three-point play by Berger again narrowed the gap to one (49-48) with 1:59 to play.

Bontrager then delivered a pair of big plays to help the Warriors finally subdue the Lancers. His driving layup with 1:44 remaining improved the Westview lead to three (51-48). After a Lancer turnover, Bontrager was fouled and converted both subsequent charity tosses to boost the spread to five with 52 seconds left.

Kopetski swished three free throws with 45 ticks on the clock to cut the gap to two (53-51). But two clutch free throws each by senior Jamar Weaver and Bontrager in the final 14 seconds slammed the door shut on the Lancers.

“Our kids deserve a lot of credit for hanging on and making the plays when they had to,” said Yoder. “Anything can happen in the sectional. I’m just happy for our kids that they were able to come out with a victory.”

Aspy followed Bontrager on the Warrior scoresheet with 16 points. Zickafoose finished with 12 markers and a team-best eight rebounds.

Berger led all scorers in the game with 27 points. Kopetski wound up with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Lancers bow out with an 11-10 record.

Bremen topped Fremont, 45-40 in the opening semifinal tussle Friday. Ryan Topper’s 14 points paced the Lions. Joey Atkins and Austin Adams chipped in 11 and 10 tallies, respectively.

Alex Beams poured in 22 points to lead Fremont, which closes the season 6-17.

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 57

LaVille 51

Scoring by quarters

       LV     6     8    17    20    -51

      WV   14   11    17    15    -57

LaVille

Cameron Gurtner 2-4, 1-3, 5; Blake Berger 10-23, 3-4, 27; Greg Peppers 1-1, 0-0, 2; Kyle Kopetski 3-5, 4-4, 11; Jason Breden 0-2, 0-0, 0; Alec Baker 0-4, 0-2, 0; Conner George 0-0, 0-0, 0; Isaac Eash 2-7, 0-0, 6; Totals 18-44, 8-13, 51

Three-point shooting 7-23 (Berger 4-10, Eash 2-7, Kopetski 1-2, Gurtner 0-1, Baker 0-3); Rebounds 22 (Kopetski 7, Gurtner 6); Steals 4 (Gurtner 2, Breden 2); Assists 7 (Gurtner 2, Eash 2); Turnovers 9; Team Fouls 15 (Fouled Out: Eash)

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 6-14, 8-8, 23; Daron Miller 0-2, 0-0, 0; Judah Zickafoose 6-10, 0-0, 12; Jamar Weaver 0-2, 2-2, 2; Brody Jantzi 1-1, 0-0, 2; Damon Hershberger 1-3, 0-0, 2; Chandler Aspy 4-6, 7-10, 16; Totals 18-38, 17-20, 57

Three-point shooting 2-7 (Bontrager 2-5, Weaver 0-2); Rebounds 23 (Zickafoose 8); Steals 5 (Bontrager 3); Assists 4 (Bontrager 2); Turnovers 3; Team Fouls 13 (Fouled Out: None)

Bremen 45

Fremont 40

Scoring by quarters

      BR    14     9    11    11    -45

      FR     15     2    11    12    -40

Bremen

Joey Atkins 5, 1-2, 11; Matt Box 3, 1-5, 8; Bryce Cassel 1, 0-0, 2; Ryan Topper 3, 8-12, 14; Sam Lacher 0, 0-0, 0; Austin Adams 5, 0-1, 10; Justin Baker 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 17, 10-20, 45

Three-point field goals 1 (Box 1); Team Fouls 10 (Fouled Out: None)

Fremont

Justin Papenbrock 1, 0-0, 2; Logan Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Alex Beams 7, 5-6, 22; Austin Papenbrock 0, 0-0, 0; Wade Regadanz 2, 0-0, 6; Andrew Thomas 1, 0-0, 2; Nick LaRose 1, 0-0, 2; Tony LaRose 1, 0-2, 2; Caleb Presley 0, 0-0, 0; Nathon Midtgard 1, 0-0, 2; Logan Peel 0, 2-2, 2; Totals 14, 7-10, 40

Three-point field goals 5 (Beams 3, Regadanz 2); Team Fouls 16 (Fouled Out: None)