Westchester’s boys stop AHA in TAC tourney
Westchester Country Day School’s boys defeated American Hebrew Academy 65-34 Tuesday night in the first round of the Triad Athletic Conference 2A Tournament.
The eighth-seeded Eagles finish the season without a single win against conference opponents. The top-seeded Wildcats posted their 12th straight victory.
Turnovers were big in the second half. Westchester was able to convert 13 AHA miscues into 15 points. The Wildcats put up 50 shots in the game, making 27 of them, for a 57-percent effort.
American Hebrew Academy seemed to play it safe against the Wildcats and that came back to haunt the Eagles. It was evident by the fact the Eagles did not take a single free-throw attempt for the game.
Sophomore David Ayodele led the Wildcats with 15 points. Baxter Bruggeworth also contributed 10 points, scoring all his points in the second half.
The only possible concern for the Wildcats was poor free-throw shooting. Westchester went 3 of 12 from the free-throw line for the game.
Coach Dagan Nelson emphasized the need for improved free-throw shooting moving forward after the game.
“We told our guys that if we want to make a run in the postseason we need to focus on three things,” Nelson said. “We need to make our free throws, limit our turnovers, and keep teams off their offensive glass.”
Nelson had no trouble keeping his team focused after they built a big lead.
“I told our guys to play the game not the scoreboard,” he said.
After the first half, Westchester had a comfortable 36-14 lead.
The Wildcats shot 56-percent in the first half, making 15 of 27 shots. Westchester also committed only four turnovers.
The American Hebrew Academy did not shoot terribly from the field in the first half, going 7 for 17. However, the Eagles committed nine turnovers in the half and went 0 for 5 from 3-point range.
Any miss was usually scooped up by the Wildcats, not allowing for many second-chance points for the Eagles.
The Wildcats move on to face the winner of Caldwell and Elon on Thursday at Burlington Christian.