Westwood vs. School House Prep 2/5/2016
Reaching the District Finals game was a high-priority to Our Warriors this season, as they prepared for this very day since last summer. Participating in tournaments throughout South Florida and playing versus bigger schools the entire year has been the plan all along for the coaches, preparing and cultivating the team to be ready for this big game.
Our Warriors dealt with the news that our dominant low-post player Emmanuel would not be able to play due to an injury, yet they refused to let the sad news bring them down. Sophomores James Ametepe & Sebastian Guitian displayed what has been their trademark all season, gritty play and hard-nosed effort on the boards, manning the down-low area for our Warriors and each coming up with 10-rebounds.
Their effort this game was on full display and their growth throughout the season has been amazing. Senior Alexis Gonzalez came off the bench to make a momentum-changing steal while diving for the lose ball and saving it for another opportunity for our Warriors to score. His effort inspired the team and fueled the fire for the second quarter comeback. Special plays like the one Alexis made have been the reason for such a tremendous season for our Warriors, as each game featured new players “stepping-up” to the challenge.
David Monell “lit the night on fire” from beyond 3-point range, bombing-away from all over the court. His back-to-back 3-pointers going into halftime propelled our Warriors into a slim lead. David simply would not be denied, burying 3 after 3 while shutting-down the opposite guard. David had been waiting for this opportunity for a very long time and you could see in his eyes he would not let this chance slip away. Late in the game David nailed a seemingly back-breaking 3-pointer right in front of his bench, leading to an emotional outburst from the team and the fans. His game-high 17 points (5 3’s) and game-high 6 assists were Huge for our Warriors and propelled him atop the District.
With the game still hanging in the balance, the coaches called out a play that our Warriors ran to perfection on back to back tries, finding our “main-man” Shelby in the block. Shelby did the rest, bullying his way past a defender and twice converting the bucket. Shelby has been our “horse” all year, carrying the team from the very beginning. His “big-game” ability comes forth every time needed for our Warriors including those two clutch buckets down the stretch. The “shot of the game” was actually two shots by Junior Jules Molina with less than a minute to go. Jules came in and hit the biggest shot of his young career and followed it up with another “monster” long-range dagger a few seconds later. Jules was left open along the wing, the ball found him, and he drilled it with ease. Those two shots by Jules along with the stellar play of all our Warriors put us back on top of the District.
Westwood 54 – School House Prep 50