U-SAVE-IT CLASSIC: Westover beats Mt. Zion in rout

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY - Joseph Harrell enjoyed the show Monday night in Westover's second game of the U-Save It Pharmacy Holiday Classic.

Harrell didn't score in the first half, letting Malcolm Sapp and Dequan Green do their thing as the Patriots built a healthy halftime lead and walked away from Mt. Zion, Jonesboro in a 64-48 rout.

"We just do what we have to do to win the game," said the 6-foot-6 Harrell, who cleaned up in the second half with nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks. "Sacrifice, anything. If (Sapp and Green) are on, they're on. We played good team ball."

Green scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half, and Sapp buried back-to-back 3s during a 12-0 Westover run to help the Patriots (6-3) build a 28-17 lead at halftime.

Sapp, Westover's deep-ball threat, hit three treys on the night and finished with a game-high 20 points as the Patriots got minutes for their entire bench and cruised to a 2-0 mark in the annual Albany holiday shootout.

Green and Sapp scored all 12 of Westover's points in their second-quarter run, turning a slim 13-10 lead into a 15-point lead in less than four minutes. Westover hammered the Bulldogs (2-7) on the boards, winning the paint war, 31-20. Outside of the three-point sharpshooting from Mt. Zion's Demarcus Robinson and Stefan Griffin, the Patriots clamped down on defense. Robinson hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, while Griffin sank three treys and closed with 13 points.

"It starts on the defensive end," Westover senior big man Shernard Childs said. "We get it done on the defensive end and our offense (gets into a rhythm)."

Brandon Hudson added nine points for WHS.

The Patriots finish up the holiday basketball classic today at 8:30 p.m. against North Clayton at Albany High.

Albany High, which was off Monday from the Classic, will play Mt. Zion at 4 p.m.