Clintonville When faced with their first deficit of the night at the end of the third quarter, the second-seeded Westport Eagles went to work to ensure their spot in the Section VII/Class D championship game.
Westport (15-5), trailing 31-29 entering the final eight minutes, scored the first four points of the quarter and went on a 12-3 run that spanned the first six minutes in scoring a 48-41 win Feb. 26.
John Doyle paced the Eagles offense with 24 points, 16 of them coming in the second half.
While Doyle paced the team late, Sam Napper started strong in the post, grabbing eight of his 11 rebounds over the first 16 minutes as he added 16 points to the cause.
“We were able to work the ball around to the open guy and make some smart decisions on offense,” Napper said. “We had two close games against Schroon Lake last year that we lost and we wanted to come here and show these guys we can play.”
“We have a full team where guys step up to the plate when they are needed to,” Eagles head coach Ike Tyler said. “Ryan Davis and Anderson Gay did not have big scoring nights, so John and Sam stepped up.”
While Davis only accounted for three points, he did play big on the defensive end with 13 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots to go with five assists offensively.
“We had been working on our defense all week and we played tough tonight,” Davis said. “Coach (John) Konowitz came down and worked with us and it really helped out.”
“It was a total domination on the defensive side of the ball,” Tyler said. “We worked a 2-3 zone in practice and our kids felt comfortable with it so we tried it out in the game and it worked well.”