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Westlake vs Porter Gaud

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Both the Lions of Westlake and the Cyclones of Porter Gaud came in to this game looking to go home with a win. Aaron Nesmith was going to do everything he could to ensure the Cyclones would be the winning team by scoring 12 points in the first half along with a poster dunk midway through the first half. Chase Hunter and Chuma Okeke would do the same for the Lions scoring 8 and 9 points respectively. The Cyclones would go into halftime with a slim three point lead 25-22. The Lions would come out with a little more fire in the second half going on a 16-9 run in the first 6 minutes and were up 38-34 with 9:36 after a steal and layup by Danny Lewis. Porter Gaud would get some big baskets in the next 6 minutes by Josiah James and his jumper with 2:45 to go would give the Cyclones a 45-44 lead. The next two minutes would go back and forth as both teams exchanged baskets down the stretch and a Nesmith basket with :20 seconds would tie the game at 49-49. As Westlake would inbound the ball, the Cyclones would foul several times with their fouls to give as the cloud would get down to 5:4 seconds. On the inbounds pass, the Lions would go to Okeke who kicked out to Christopher Berry whose 3 point shot was blocked to send us to overti me.

In overtime, a pair of free-throws by James would give the Cyclones a two point lead that would be soon erased by an Okeke jumper with 1:29 to go to tie the game at 51-51. After a missed basket by Nesmith, Okeke would go the length of the floor for an “and one” to give Lions a three point lead with 1:01 left. On the next possession, James would miss a three point basket. Up by three, the Lions were able to get an uncontested layup to give them a five point lead only to see the Cyclones march right back down and get a layup by Nesmith with 17.4 seconds to cut the lead to 53-56. Christopher Berry would then knock down a free-throw to put the Lions back up by four. The Cyclones would then get another three point basket with 2.5 seconds left by Nesmith to cut the lead to one point. The Lions would then put the game away on the inbounds pass as the Cyclones were unable to get the foul.

Okeke and Lewis would lead the Lions in scoring with 19 and 21 respectively.