Monday, November 17, 2008

Austin St. Stephens 75 Round Rock Westwood 57

Round Rock Westwood Starters

2010 #3 David Johnstone
2010 #11 Brian Jones
2009 # 23 Garrett Hamilton
2009 #24 Michael Cunningham
2011 #25 Heru Martin

Austin St. Stephen's Starters

2009 #11 Evan Gilliland
2009 #24 D.J Stephens
2011 #5 Geoff Livsey
2009 #31 Mike Williams
2009 #15 Alec Engling and are in the house tonight at Round Rock Westwood HS for the opening of the 2008-09 Texas High School basketball season for the game between the Westwood Warriors and the St. Stephen's Spartans. Westwood is coached by Brad Hastings and St. Stephen's by 1st year man LaMont King who played for Louisiana Tech. Both teams are on the smallish side tonight as St. Stephen's Ben Carpenter is sidelined with a broken finger and Westwood is missing 4 players from a combination of grades and suspension due to social issues. A special thanks to Coach Hastings for allowing me to report from my vantage point at the scorer's table.

1st Quarter Westwood 18 St. Stephen's 17

Both teams seem committed to pressure, with Westwood going exclusively full court. Westwood has subbed 5 in, 5 out for the 1st quarter and are pressuring full court. Both teams are making mental as well as physical errors as is to be expected in the early season. St. Stephen's is using a variety of full and half court traps. Westwood 2009 Garrett Hamilton has poured in 11 points, including 3 triples while St. Stephen's 2009 Evan Gilliland has scored 7 for the Spartans.

2nd Quarter St. Stephen's 30 Westwood 28

St. Stephen's G Evan Gilliland has picked up his 2nd charge early in the 2nd quarter, giving an early test to the Spartans depth. Other than Hamilton, Westwood's other perimeter shot selection/execution has quite frankly been horrible. The quarter has been riddled by silly fouls, with guys reaching in and going over the back. Action has been at the free throw line and not in the flow of the game. Gilliland and Hamilton both have 13 at the half.

3rd Quarter St. Stephen's 52 Westwood 40

At the moment St. Stephen's is the superior team in transition and on the boards, but are inconsistent in finishing. Westwood is living by the three point shot, complemented by Hamilton's all around play from the perimeter and in his ability to penetrate to the paint, getting to the hole and his hard nosed defense. With 2:52 left in the 3rd Hamilton has picked up his 4th foul for Westwood. This is where the game will be lost or won., based on the play of the Westwood guards. Turnovers on four straight Westwood possessions has pushed the lead from 4 points to 12 to end the quarter. Hamilton leads all scorers with 20, and Gilliland has 17.

Final St. Stephen's 75 Westwood 57

Senior Alec Engling (son of former Dripping Spring Coach Mark Engling) busted a 3 to start the quarter, giving the Spartans a 15 point lead. With 6 minutes left in the game St. Stephen's is now spreading the floor and Westwood is being forced to chase. Westwood's short bench is becoming evident as the game has worn on and St. Stephen's is now getting more layups and 2nd chance points. St. Stephen's is subbing freely allowing all their bench players to get a little PT.

St. Stephen's

Gilliland 24
Engling 13
Johnson 13


Hamilton 21
Jones 13