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Pats punish Red Devils

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- A 20-2 run to start the game pretty much says it all.

The Westover Patriots put their foot on the gas from the outset of Friday's home game against Randolph Clay and never took it off. Whether they were attacking the basket with inside penetration or clogging the middle on defense, the Patriots seemed it get better as the game went on and finished with 79-42 rout over the Red Devils.

Chris Wheeler led all scorers with 18 points, while Malcolm Sapp and Onochie Ochie put in 16 points and 11 points, respectively, for the Patriots.

Timothy Stringer was the high man for Randolph Clay with 14 points. Malcolm Jones had 10 points and two other players added seven points apiece.

"I thought the kids played a total game the first half, probably the best first half we have played since I have been here," Westover head coach Dallis Smith said. "It all started with our defense and guys hustling and getting on the floor for loose balls."

The Red Devils were hit with the harsh reality early on that they would not be allowed points in the paint. With no inside game to work with, they were forced to rely on their perimeter shooting. And while they had good looks at the basket, their shots refused to fall.

"We constantly work on that," Smith said about his team's interior defense. "A lot of teams are going to be bigger than us so we try to fight them on the block, work our way around them and maintain weak side help. I thought the guys did a good job talking on the court and rotating."

Randolph Clay head coach Tyrone Kellogg opted to view Friday's game from the "glass-half-full" perspective.

"I don't think it was so much about what we did wrong, they just did everything right," he said. "They played extremely well, shot lights out and had a heck of a first half. What we can take away from (Friday's) game is that we did not give up and played a much better second half. With young guys, that is all you can ask for."