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Cats outlast Jesuit boys in OT

Westview rallies from a 10-point deficit, wins its Metro opener in overtime
by: MILES VANCE, BRING IT – Westview senior Terrell Wallace races upcourt while defended by Jesuit's Stephen Holt during the Wildcats' 65-62 overtime win on Friday night at Westview High School.

ROCK CREEK - Welcome to the 2008 Metro League season.

Westview and Jesuit's boys basketball teams kicked off the '08 Metro season in grand fashion on Friday, with the Wildcats using a 7-0 run in the first 1 minute, 10 seconds of overtime to pull away and win 65-62 at Westview High School Friday night.

Westview sophomore wing Hayes Garrity provided all seven of those points at the start of the extra period, knocking down three straight jumpshots - the last of those a three-pointer from the left corner - to lift his team to victory.

"It's the first Metro League game and it's Jesuit and we just stepped up and played hard," said Garrity, who hit 7-of-13 shots from the floor Friday night, including six of his final eight to finish with 15 points. "It's a big win for us and hopefully we can just keep this streak going."

And streaks, especially winning streaks, are important to the Wildcats, who won for the fourth time in the past five games after previously suffering through a six-game losing streak during their non-league schedule.

"We've had a lot of adversity lately," said Westview senior point guard Terrell Wallace, who led all scorers with 19 points. "We lost six in a row, and they were all in the nitty gritty, so we're learning to play through adversity and come through in games and this game was big."

Indeed. Jesuit, which was led by freshman Kyle Wiltjer's 17 points, raced out to a 25-15 lead midway through the second quarter, but saw the Cats close the half on an 11-3 run, and after that, neither team led by more than four points until Garrity took over at the start of overtime.

In that extra period, Garrity hit a pull-up jumper to break a 53-53 tie, hit again from the foul line to give his team a four-point lead, then buried a three-pointer on an inbound pass from Wallace to make it 60-53 with 2:50 left in the extra period.

The Crusaders rallied back within 63-62 as senior wing Brad Gerbing scored eight points in a span of just 1:21, but Wallace hit two foul shots with 19 seconds left and teammate Tim Coons stripped Stephen Holt as he tried to get up a game-tying three-point attempt just before the final buzzer.

Westview also got 14 points and 17 rebounds from Andy Poling, while Jesuit got nine points from Stephen Holt in the loss.

The win lifted Westview to 1-0 in Metro play and 7-8 overall, while Jesuit fell to 0-1 and 9-6 overall.

For a complete game story and more photos, please see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.