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Westview boys win Tourney opener

 

Chandler Aspy had a night to remember in leading the Westview Warriors to a 71-59 victory over the Bremen Lions in the opening round of the 2A boys basketball sectional in Emma Tuesday.

The 6-3 sophomore forward tallied a career-high 35 points and grabbed four rebounds for coach Rob Yoder’s club, who will take a 19-3 record into a semifinal matchup against 5-15 Central Noble Friday at 6 p.m. Aspy netted 24 of his markers in the second half, going 9-10 from the field and 6-13 from the foul stripe.

“My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball in positions where I could score,” said Aspy. “We knew Bremen was a physical team, but that’s the way I like to play.”

Aspy tallied 12 of the Warriors’ 16 points in the third period, helping the hosts stretch their seven-point (33-26) halftime cushion to a dozen (49-37).

“Chandler’s ability to finish plays is one of his best assets,” said Yoder. “At halftime we emphasized getting the ball inside more. We weren’t very patient in the first half, settling for the first shot instead of waiting for the best shot.”

The scrappy Lions refused to go away, however. Three baskets by senior Jacob Box drew Bremen to within four (52-48) with 3:31 left in regulation time. After an Aspy hoop bumped up the margin to six, senior Ethan Pike canned a couple of free throws to narrow the gap back to four with 3:01 remaining.

Bremen got the ball back seconds later on a Westview turnover. But before the Lions could turn the miscue into points, Kai Slough was whistled for an illegal screen. The call did not sit well with Bremen coach Ryan Eakins, who was hit with a technical foul. Four subsequent free throws by senior Kyle Miller upped the Warrior lead to 58-50 and the Lions never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

Miller would finish the contest with 17 points and four rebounds. Senior Nate Raber chipped in eight markers and five rebounds, while junior point-guard Jordyn Bontrager dished out three assists.

Box swished 23 points and Pike tossed in 21 to pace Bremen, which saw its season end with a 10-11 record. Joey Atkins added eight tallies.

“Shooting better from the free throw line and playing better defense will be things to work on before we play Central Noble Friday,” said the Westview chief. “I didn’t think we focused on the defensive end of the floor tonight like we need to be.”

The second game Tuesday night between LaVille and Fremont was pushed back to Wednesday because of hazardous travel conditions. When the two squads met Wednesday, Andrew Hostetler and Nicholas Amor combined for 34 points in leading the Lancers past the Eagles, 58-42.

Tyler Jenkins sank 16 points and Jake Bryant 10 for Fremont, which ends the season 12-9.

LaVille (16-6) meets Prairie Heights (11-11) in the second semifinal game Friday. The winners of Friday’s battles return to Emma Saturday at 7 p.m. to play for the sectional championship and a berth in the 2A regional at North Judson March 9.

GAME SUMMARIES

Westview 71

Bremen 59

Scoring by quarters

     BR     12    14    11    22    -59

     WV    12    21    16    22    -71

Bremen

Joey Atkins 3, 2-2, 8; Don Browning 1, 1-2, 4; Ethan Pike 8, 4-8, 21; Jacob Box 8, 4-5, 23; Sam Lacher 0, 0-2, 0; Phoenix Ricketts 0, 0-0, 0; Kai Slough 0, 3-4, 3; Totals 20, 14-23, 59

Three-point field goals 5 (Box 3, Browning 1, Pike 1); Team Fouls 23 (Fouled Out: Atkins, Pike)

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 2-8, 0-2, 4; Daron Miller 0-0, 0-0, 0; Jamar Weaver 2-4, 2-2, 7; Brodi Jantzi 0-0, 0-0, 0; Cody Litwiller 0-1, 0-0, 0; Brett Yoder 0-0, 0-0, 0; Chandler Aspy 12-13, 11-19, 35; Nic Raber 4-5, 0-0, 8; Kyle Miller 4-10, 9-10, 17; Totals 24-41, 22-33, 71

Three-point shooting 1-10 (Weaver 1-3, Bontrager 0-3, Litwiller 0-1, K. Miller 0-3); Rebounds 22 (Raber 5); Steals 5 (Bontrager 2); Assists 5 (Bontrager 3); Team Fouls 19 (Fouled Out: Bontrager)

LaVille 58

Fremont 42

Scoring by quarters

      LV    16    12    18    12    -58

      FR     10     8     16     8    -42

LaVille

Cam Gurtner 0, 6-6, 6; Blake Berges 3, 1-2, 7; Landon Manuel 1, 0-0, 3; Ryan Bettcher 0, 0-0, 0; Kyle Kopetski 0, 0-0, 0; Jeff Haygood 4, 0-0, 8; Zach Hostetler 0, 0-0, 0; Andrew Hostetler 5, 5-6, 18; Alec Baker 1, 0-2, 2; Nicholas Amor 6, 2-3, 14; Alex Steinke 0, 0-0, 0; Isaac Eash 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 20, 14-19, 58

Three-point field goals 4 (A. Hostetler 3, Manuel 1); Team Fouls 13 (Fouled Out: None)

Fremont

Austin Corcimiglia 2, 0-1, 6; Jordon Schmucker 3, 2-6, 8; Tyler Myers 0, 0-0, 0; Jake Bryant 3, 2-4, 10; Alex Beams 1, 0-0, 2; Seth Wiseman 0, 0-0, 0; Tyler Jenkins 7, 2-2, 16; Tony LaRose 0, 0-0, 0; Justin Papenbrook 0, 0-0, 0; Logan Peel 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 16, 6-13, 42

Three-point field goals 4 (Corcimiglia 2, Bryant 2); Team Fouls 20 (Fouled Out: None)