Westwood vs SLAM Academy
Coming into this game our Warriors had revenge on their minds, as they traveled down-town to face a SLAM Academy team that had previously beaten them handily. Finding out before tip-off that Emmanuel would not play had little effect on the psych of your boys, as they braced for a tough game. Our Warriors raced out to an early lead in the opening quarter behind some good-old-fashioned teamwork.
Moving the ball while spreading the floor on offense led to numerous one-on-one opportunities Shelby capitalized on each and every chance, (game-high 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) backing-down his man and abusing him in the paint. His “Dirk-like” jumper from 15′ along with his usual baseline 3’s were too much for SLAM to handle and helped open-up a large lead. Shelby has had an amazing year and it continued in this game, as he did a little bit of everything to get the W. His timely rebounds and smart passing were on display as well, as he found cutters for wide-open looks.
James capitalized on some of those passes, moving without the ball to the right spots and making plays once he received it. James nailed two mid-range jumpers and followed it with some slashing moves to the basket to overwhelm the opposition and establish himself as the top forward on the court. James‘ 13 rebounds, including 5 offensive, were a game-high and his 12 points came at the perfect time for the Warriors as well.
Sebastian played like a “True Warrior” in this one as well, scrapping for every rebound and giving his all for the team. Sebass stayed aggressive throughout the game, drilling shots along the perimeter and stretching-out into 3-point land as well. His 17-points were a huge boost for the ball club and his constant development has the coaching staff excited about what his future holds.
Senior David Monell led the charge on both ends of the floor, collecting a game-high 6 steals to go along with 15-points & 5 dimes. David handled the pressure of their full-court press and half court traps, easily slicing past defenders and making smart decisions.
Another big reason for the lopsided victory was the incredible effort of the guys coming off the bench. Jules Molina played his butt off on defense, forcing his counterpart into bad shots and helping on every chance in the zone. Jules put his body on the line and took a gut-wrenching charge mid-way in the second-half that completely deflated SLAM while giving even more “charge” to his Warriors. From that point on, the rout was on.
Alexis also came off the bench and provided a tremendous spark, especially on defense, where he clogged the middle, blocked several shots, rebounded the ball with ferocity, and even nailed the “back-breaking” 3-point dagger in the final moments. Alexis proved that “hard-work pays off” as he helped steamroll SLAM and get “payback” for the Warriors.
Westwood 78 – SLAM 55