Varsity Boys Basketball Conquers Cedar Park 67-55

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Photo By Shreyush Shankar

Zach Engels (’22) keeps the ball away from a member of Del Valley. He looks around for a teammate to pass to or an opening to rush the basket.

Josh Shippen, Reporter

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, the boys varsity basketball team defeated Cedar Park 67-55, proving that the Warriors have many things to be excited about moving forward into the season. 

The first quarter featured an inability to secure the ball as Westwood failed to make stops defensively and looked mediocre at best on offense. Although they kept the game within reach with help from forward Zach Engels ‘22, who dominated both with impressive scoring drives and incredible defensive effort.

Westwood was able to shift momentum in their favor after a clear uptick in intensity both on Westwood’s stout defense and dominating offense, as Westwood turned a two point first quarter deficit into a four point lead by the end of the half. From there, the game was completely out of reach.

Westwood really and truly put the game away with their third quarter surge, an offensive display that featured incredible play from everyone on the court including some well timed three point shots and some patient, yet aggressive layup drives. This drive was able to put Westwood up by eight points, and the defense held back Cedar Park for the rest of the game, resulting in a final score of 67-55.

“Our qualities that I hope the team would transfer to the regular season is defensive intensity and communication in the second quarter,”  Eric Cadar ‘22 said. 

Westwood’s next matchup is an away game against Anderson High School on Tuesday, Nov, 30.