Westover boys hold off Worth

Westover's Malcolm Sapp, a Herald Super 6er, dropped 19 points in Friday's rout of Worth County.

Westover's Malcolm Sapp, a Herald Super 6er, dropped 19 points in Friday's rout of Worth County.

ALBANY -- The Patriots just have Worth County's number.

After upending the other two members of Albany's Big 3 -- Monroe and Dougherty -- Worth couldn't figure out Westover the second time around Friday in a 76-37 Patriots win, the second lopsided Westover triumph over the Rams this season.

"I thought we came with a lot of energy (Friday night)," said Westover head coach Dallis Smith, whose only loss at home in The Boston Garden this season was to Albany High.

Smith then added: "This time of the year you can't take anybody for granted."

Westover (13-6, 5-1 Region 1-AAA) retained its region lead behind senior Malcolm Sapp's 19 points and three 3-pointers. Dequan Green added 15 points in the win and Brandon Hudson chipped in 10.

With Worth County big man Trey Frager in early foul trouble, Westover focused its attention on cat-quick Rams guard Dee Nether, who was held to just four first-half points before finishing with a team-high 12.

Frager, who caused havoc against Monroe and Dougherty, picked up three early fouls and was never a factor for Worth (10-8, 2-5 Region 1-AAA), finishing with four points.

"We just tried to keep taking it to (Frager) and get him to foul out," said Sapp, who added the Pats' trap and rotate defense designed for fast guards like Nether worked to perfection.

Smith said he's getting the feeling this Westover team is close to playoff-caliber.

"We're getting everybody on the same page and everybody is giving the same effort," he said. "If we keep going hard, we may have an opportunity to get where we need to be."

Now another test awaits, albeit a non-region one. Westover hosts Tift County today after the Blue Devils handed the Patriots a 27-point humbling to open the season two months ago in Tifton.

"We're not the same team," Smith said. "Hopefully, we'll be ready."

Sapp added, "We gotta get our revenge. They've got a good team (with) good guards."

Westover jumps back in the region fire Tuesday with a trip across town to Dougherty. Worth County, meanwhile, goes to Turner County today in non-region action and then visits Monroe on Friday after beating the Tornadoes, 78-59, earlier this month in Sylvester.