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Maple Grove holds off Westfield boys, 49-46

December 17, 2015
By Cody Crandall ( , Westfield Republican

BEMUS POINT (Dec. 8) - Sometimes, you just have to win ugly.

That was certainly the case for the Maple Grove Red Dragons against Westfield.

Despite only scoring four points in the fourth quarter, Maple Grove utilized solid defense, 14 points from Mitch Padilla and 13 points from Pat Nelson to stave off the Wolverines' furious fourth-quarter comeback in a 49-46 non-league basketball victory.

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Westfield’s Mike Poletto (14) looks to make a pass to teammate Greg Schroeder (24), during their non-league boys basketball game against Maple Grove at Maple Grove High School.

After Westfield's Max Bates knocked down his fifth 3-pointer of the game to pull the Wolverines within 47-46 with less than a minute remaining, Padilla, who made big plays for the Red Dragons all night, scored on a layup to put Maple Grove up three, 49-46, with under 30 seconds left.

On Maple Grove's ensuing possession after the Wolverines were unable to score, Matt Roach was fouled, but missed the front end of a one-and-one with 6.6 seconds left on the clock. The desperation three at the buzzer was no good from Westfield's Trevor North, however, and the Red Dragons, despite several key turnovers and stagnant play on the offensive end down the stretch, were able to eek out a tightly contested victory.

The Wolverines were able to hang close in the first half due to seven points from Bates and six from Trevor North. However, Westfield had trouble consistently knocking down shots throughout the game's first two quarters.

"(Maple Grove) was playing good, aggressive man (defense), I will give them that," said Westfield head coach Robert North. "But I thought we missed a number of open opportunities where we usually can make shots. We need to see good man-to-man, because a lot of teams in our league will play a zone and we get complacent. So it's good to see good man-to-man."

In the second half, the Wolverines amped up their defensive intensity, but were only able to trim their nine-point halftime deficit to eight, as the Red Dragons still held a 45-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

David Grayson and Bates managed to knock down two 3-pointers each in the third for the Wolverines, which accounted for 12 out of Westfield's 15 points in the quarter.

Michael Welsh knocked down a shot from behind the arc in the third for the Red Dragons while Padilla scored three points and Nelson, Roach, Carson Crist and Truman Purslow all contributed two points to keep the Wolverines at bay.

Then, in the fourth quarter, Westfield's relentless defensive pressure finally started to pay off, while the Wolverines on the offensive end just continued to chip away at the Red Dragons' lead. Westfield even trimmed its deficit to one point on the Bates 3-pointer with under a minute to go.

"At halftime, we talked about being a little bit more aggressive in our trap," North said, when asked about only giving up a total of 18 points in the second half. "And then in our 1-3-1, when we weren't trapping, being a little bit more passive and staying where we should be. ... We just dug too deep of a hole in the first half."

Bates ended up leading the Wolverines in scoring with 18 points while Trevor North added eight points and Grayson chipped in seven.

For Maple Grove, Purslow scored six points off the bench while Welsh scored five.

Wolverines lose

at Clymer, 49-31

CLYMER (Dec. 14) - Adam Honey scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half as Clymer pulled away from Westfield en route to a 49-31 Division 2 West win Monday night.

The Pirates (1-4, 1-0) outscored the Wolverines (2-3, 0-1), 12-5 in the first quarter to take command in their first win of the young season.

"We've been in a lot of the other games," said Clymer coach Dan White. "The boys have been playing really hard and the effort showed tonight."

Honey added six steals and five assists while Dylan Neckers had 11 points in the win. Dylan Davis grabbed 11 rebounds and Justin Svetz had six rebounds for Clymer.

Greg Schroeder led Westfield with 11 points and eight rebounds while David Grayson had three steals and Jonathan Wilson had three assists.

Brocton tops N. Collins

NORTH COLLINS (Dec. 9) - The North Collins Eagles played the Brocton Bulldogs tough, but in the end, the experienced Bulldogs pulled away for a 41-33 victory Wednesday in non-league boys high school basketball.

North Collins led 10-9 after the first quarter and 19-17 at halftime. The Eagles even led 29-25 heading into the final frame. However, that is when the visitors went on a 16-4 run to escape with the victory.

Aaron Riforgiato led the Bulldogs with 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks while Alec Chelton had eight points and two steals. Ryan Johnson added six points and seven boards for the winners.

Zach Schroeder had a solid game for the Eagles with 15 points and four rebounds. Brandon Zielinski hauled down seven rebounds to go along with his five points while Jakob Schoenpflug had five points and 11 rebounds.



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