Westmont starts fast, romps past Dwight
A hot start continued throughout the game as Westmont's boys basketball team topped Dwight 60-39 in an Interstate Eight Conference game Friday night in Westmont.
|Westmont's Jean Pietrzak (right) goes in for a layup in transition as teammate Kris Pierce (left) looks on in the Sentinels' 60-39 win over Dwight Friday night in Westmont. (Matthew Piechalak — firstname.lastname@example.org) (Matthew Piechalak)|
Westmont's boys basketball team jumped out to leads of 8-0 and 14-2 in the first quarter and rode that momentum all night en route to a 60-39 win over visiting Interstate Eight Conference foe Dwight Friday night.
"We knew they were going to come out and press us and that they were young and fearless, so we just said we were going to come out and be poised and run the fast break on them," Westmont senior point guard Kris Pierce said.
The Sentinels (10-7 overall, 5-1 in the I-8) scored on the break, and more. They scored in the half court. They scored on layups and they scored from long range. Pierce and fellow guard Danny LoGiurato were able to push the tempo, which led to easy buckets in transition. When the Trojans tried to get set up in their pressure 2-3 zone, Westmont passed the ball quickly and found the open man for easy baskets on multiple occasions.
"We knew what they were going to do and we had an idea of how they might make some adjustments," Westmont head coach Craig Etheridge said. "We prepped the kids on what we were going to try to do and what we were looking for, and fortunately we were able to jump in and adjust our plays as quickly as they were trying to switch things up on us. And anytime you can move the ball quickly and get the ball near the basket, you should be able to get some open shots."
Jean Pietrzak was the beneficiary of many of those quick passes and open looks. After scoring four points in the first quarter, he erupted for 12 in the second quarter on 5-of-5 shooting (including a pair of 3-pointers) and he added 11 points in the third to finish with a game-high 27 points.
"It felt good to run around and feel like we were invincible," Pietrzak said. "The confidence just went up after the first two baskets (for me) and it expanded into the outside game. It seemed like everything was working for everyone."
Danny LoGiurato finished with 10 points and had back-to-back steals and layups to pad the lead after Dwight had closed the gap to 14-8 early in the second quarter. The Sentinels put together a 10-0 run later in the frame for a 30-12 advantage, and they led 35-17 at the half. The lead swelled to 52-25 by the end of the third quarter.
Greg Pietrzak scored 10 for Westmont with Pierce adding nine. Montraveous Little and Seth Torrens scored two apiece.
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