Off and running
Westview opens the 2008 Metro League season by beating Jesuit 65-62 in overtime on Friday
ROCK CREEK - Welcome to the 2008 Metro League season.
Westview and Jesuit's boys basketball teams kicked the '08 Metro season off 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 shots 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 post Kyle Wiltjer's 17 points and senior wing Brad Gerbing's 14, raced out to a 25-15 lead midway through the second quarter thanks to a 10-0 scoring run that included three-pointers by Stephen Holt and Michael Hart and baskets by Spencer Beyrle and Wiltjer.
But Westview closed the half on an 11-3 run and after that, getting four points each from Andy Poling and Garrett Jackson, and trailed just 28-26 at halftime.
And neither team led by more than four points after that until Garrity took over in the extra period. Jesuit grabbed a 46-42 lead at the start of the fourth quarter when Gerbing knocked down two foul shots, and were still ahead 53-50 on Holt's two free throws with 2:56 left in the period.
But the Crusaders didn't score again in regulation, while Jackson knocked down a jumpshot from the foul line and Poling hit one free throw with 2:09 left to tie the game at 53-53. Poling and Wiltjer both came through with blocked shots in the final two minutes and Hart's desperation shot at the buzzer was off the mark, sending the game into overtime.
Garrity hit a pull-up jumpshot 13 seconds into overtime to break that tie, hit another jumper from the foul line to give his team a four-point lead, then buried a three-pointer from the left corner 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, though, as Gerbing scored eight points in just 1:21, but Wallace hit two foul shots with 19 seconds left and teammate Tim Coons stripped Holt as he tried to get up a game-tying three-point attempt just before the final buzzer.
Westview hit just 3-of-8 foul shots in the extra period, but forced two Jesuit turnovers in the extra session and rode Garrity's hot shooting to victory.
'We missed a few free throws, but we came back and finished some shots that counted and that's all that mattered,' said Wallace, who hit 5-of-9 shots from the field and 9-of-14 free throws. 'My man Hayes came through. He hit three in a row. That was big.'
'In the second half, we just got it together and came through and came back from that 10-point deficit,' Garrity added. 'It was a blast being out there, hearing the fans, and hearing the Jesuit fans trash-talking us.'
For the game, Westview hit 21-of-50 shots from the floor (including two three-pointers), 21-of-30 free throws and committed just nine turnovers. In addition to Wallace and Garrity's efforts, Poling added 14 points and 17 rebounds and Jackson had eight points.
For Jesuit, the Crusaders made 22-of-44 shots from the field (including eight 'threes'), 10-of-16 foul shots and committed 13 turnovers. Wiltjer hit 7-of-15 shots from the field with three 'threes,' and Gerbing hit 4-of-6 shots (including a three-pointer) and 5-of-7 foul shots in the loss.