The Wildcats step up in the second half to pull away and win 58-52

ROCK CREEK — There’s a lot of work left to be done, but the Westview boys basketball team has a real chance to grab one of the Metro League’s three automatic berths to the Class 6A state MILES VANCE - WILDCAT - Westview junior forward Trent Glasgow gets airborne to challenge a shot by Sunset's Joe McFerrin III during the Wildcats' 58-52 Metro League win over the Apollos at Westview High School on Friday night.

The Wildcats took an important step toward that goal on Friday night when they knocked off rival Sunset 58-52 at Westview High School. Coupled with Westview’s 82-48 loss to Southridge on Tuesday night, the Wildcats saw their Metro record move to 4-4 (11-10 overall) sole possession of third-place in thre standings.

“It’s a big win. I think we’re in position to take third in Metro now,” said Westview sophomore Alex Carrick, who scored 16 points in the win over Sunset. “We just have to play hard and keep winning.”

“It was just believing in ourselves, believing that we could be great,” added senior guard Dyrall Goods, who scored a game-high 21 points against Sunset. “After the Jesuit game a couple days ago, we were challenged to believe we could be great and I think that’s what we went out and did.”

Sunset, meanwhile, added a 70-56 home loss to Beaverton on Tuesday to go to 3-5 in league and 12-9 overall.

“We just have to play hard every game. Nothing is a given, especially in the Metro League,” said Sunset junior post Tyler Gutierrez, who led the Apollos with 18 points. “We just have to do everything we can in practice and games, just win from here out.”

Sunset held the upper hand early on Friday, in great part thanks to Gutierrez’s fast start. In the opening quarter, the 6-foot-8 Gutierrez hit four of his first five shots — including a three-pointer — to score nine of his 18 points, the last of those a basket in the key that gave the Apollos a 14-6 lead with 1 minute, 15 seconds to go in the quarter.

But the Wildcats closed the quarter with a flourish, getting a Goods “three” from the top of the key, then a Trent Glasgow steal and breakaway in the final minute to close within 14-11.

The two teams traded shots in the second quarter, with Sunset’s Adam Mead hitting three straight shots in the frame and Westview answering with two Carrick baskets and a late Denson pull-up to keep their team within 26-22 at the half.

But Westview moved in front in the third period, first tying the game at 28-28 on a Carrick “three” set up by Goods with 6:12 to go in the period, then getting a Goods breakaway and a Julius Rucker three-pointer that banked home in the final second to give the Cats a 37-34 lead.

Sunset wasn’t quite done, yet, though. Mead hit early in the fourth quarter and Jonathan Willes knocked down a “three” to tie the score at 39-39 with 7:08 left in the contest. Mead hit again on an inbounds pass from Joe McFerrin III, then knocked down two foul shots with 5:12 remaining to give the Apollos their last lead at 43-42.

Sunset failed to score on its next six possessions, though, and that opened the door for the Wildcats to take control for good. Over a span of three minutes late in the quarter, Denson hit four straight foul shots, Rucker made a steal and set up a Carrick layin, and Goods hit once from the foul line and once from the field to help Westview boost its lead to 52-43 with 1:19 to go.

McFerrin cut the gap to 53-47 when he drilled a “three” with 57 seconds left, but the Apollos got no closer and Westview made enough free throws to pull away.

“In the first half, we were letting Gutierrez get what he wanted, get down the lane and we weren’t finishing at all,” Denson explained. “At halftime, we talked abut stopping Gutierrez, getting backside help and then we made some shots and our defense stepped up, too.”

“We just went out and played our game and it showed,” Goods said. “It’s always a huge game against Sunset.”

“I think in the first half, we came out and we rebounded well, and we just focused on each individual possession,” Gutierrez added. “But in the second half, they got going and we kind of backed down.”

Denson finished with 12 points for Westview, while Mead went 6-for-6 from the field and hit both his free throws for 14 points. McFerrin had six points, nine assists and two steals.

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