Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Westlake 57 Cedar Park 46

Top: Westlake Coach Tres Ellis prowls the sidelines.
Bottom: Player of the Game Conner Kemper registered a double double dropping 12 points on Cedar Park while controlling the boards in the absence of 6'9" Gus Leeper who is nursing an ankle injury for the Chaps.

I'm in Cedar Park checking out tonight's game between Austin Westlake and Cedar Park. Spoke to CP Coach Blake Brown prior to the game and he believes this is his best group of seniors since he's been here in the Austin suburbs. Coach had a successful career at D-2 Frank Philips in Borger, TX before heading to the high school ranks. He's one of the better coaches in the Austin area.

Look for senior leadership from 2009 6'5" Zach Corbin of CP and for Westlake everything runs through 2010 PG Cody Doolin who has a D-1 offer under his belt already from San Francisco of the West Coast Conference. Also look for 6'6" W Connor Kemper to play well. He's another D-1 prospect who can light it up inside and out for the Chaps.

Looks like 6'9" Gus Leeper is nursing a tender ankle and will not be in the lineup for Westlake. This could be a factor. Westlake is coming off a loss to a tough Austin Lake Travis squad.


Austin Westlake
#2 2009 Chris King
#23 Carl Meyertons
#24 Cliff Houston
#33 2010 Conner Kemper
#45 2010 Cody Doolin

Cedar Park

#3 2009 Matthew Turner
#4 Dmarcus Rosenthal
#11 2009 Zach Corbin
#14 Brady Reeves
#21 Ben Hampton

1st Quarter Westlake 14 Cedar Park 10

Leading Scorer Westlake Doolin 7 pts
Nobody else on the floor with more than 3 pts.

Halftime Westlake 27 Cedar Park 17

Nice 10 foot soft jumper by Kemper, contested in the lane..SWISH. 19-14 Westlake as Doolin hits the spinning scoop shot and the subsequent free throw. Timeout Westlake. Westlake's pressure fullcourt is causing a couple of occasional tunrovers but I am impressed with the number of deflections that they are getting their hands on. CP is not playing with confidence in front of their home crowd and at the moment are rebounding poorly. If it wasn't for Westlake's plethora of missed layups and chippies it would be much more than a 5 point game.

Tineout CP as Coach Brown's not happy with their inability to stop Doolin's penetration. Now Westlake's press is getting it's turnovers. (5 of the last 7 trips). CP needs to get energized on it's home court and come out a tad more hungry in the 2nd half as they simply cannot get the shots they want, settling for perimeter stuff that is not falling.

Leading Scorers @ the Half

Doolin 12
Kemper 6

Cedar Park
Rosenthal 5

3rd Quarter Westlake 44 Cedar Park 31

This is a tough game to sit through. There have been NO lead changes, and lots of turnovers, missed shots and miscues by both teams.


Doolin 15
kemper 10

Cedar Park

Matthew Turner 10

Zach Corbin scored his 1st bucket of the game as the 4th quarter began. Frankly, the bouncy wing has to step up if CP expects to make a run. Timeout CP. WL 50-CP 33 Too many turnovers. As the season progresses, the ballhandling has to improve for the Timberwolves to be a playoff team. They have wins under their belt against Waco Midway and Bastrop but appear to be headed for their 1st loss.

FINAL SCORE Westlake 57 Cedar Park 46

I thought perhaps CP could have taken advantage of the absence of Gus Leeper, but Stromberg and Reeves never could receive the ball down low. The CP play by play man said it all when he mentioned, "we're about to lose to a team shooting 32% from the field and 59% from the line". Cedar Park shot 44%, problem was they had minimal shot attempts from the field because of the turnovers. It was that kind of game. Kemper controlled the boards for Westlake.

Doolin 21
Kemper 12

Turner 14