Senior captain James McGowan (right) shields the ball from a defender. Photos by Mike Flanagan
By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The Westwood High School varsity boys basketball team hosted Bellingham on Sunday night looking to get back on track following a 60-55 defeat to Hopkinton on Friday.
Behind a game-high 18 points by senior captain forward/guard Patrick Reilly, the Wolverines earned a convincing 63-36 victory to move to 4-2 (2-2 TVL) on the season. Senior forward/center Jonathan Ng also led Westwood with eight points and 10 rebounds.Westwood started the game on a 17-5 run, headlined by a late three-pointer by Reilly to give the Wolverines a 12-point lead at the end of one quarter. Another three-pointer by Reilly early in the second quarter pushed Westwood’s lead to 20-7. The Wolverines extended their lead to as many as 17 in the first half at 27-10 following a layup by Mark James (five points). Even with Reilly in double figures by halftime with 10 points, Bellingham was able to trim the Westwood lead down to 10 at 33-23 following a 13-6 run to close the second quarter.
The Wolverines began the second half strong. A steal and layup by senior captain and point guard Jack Terzian (seven points) less than two minutes in made it a 43-27 game. Layups by Favor Wariboko and Connor Danieli near the end of the quarter brought the lead up to 47-31 at the end of three.
A three-pointer by junior captain James McGowan (five points) midway through the fourth quarter increased Westwood’s lead to 55-31. The 24-point deficit appeared to be the nail in the coffin for Bellingham, as the Wolverines subbed in for their starters and cruised to the 27-point victory.
Westwood will look to continue its winning ways when the Wolverines host Norwood on January 10.
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