Chargers near century mark in taking title
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 2:11 pm
The Chargers outscored the Haywood Tomcats, 96-87, to claim the District 13-AA Tournament championship Tuesday night in Dyersburg.
With the win, Westview, the district’s No. 2 seed entering the playoffs, will now host the loser of the District 14-AA consolation game — either Bolivar or South Side — in action slated for Saturday night at Martin.
“I told the guys in the locker room, this was one of our goals. They did a great job tonight, and if they win two more games, they’re assured a substate game,” second-year head coach J.B. Suiter said after the win over Haywood.
With 99 points scored in the first half and fans speculating just how many points the teams could tally before the final horn sounded, Suiter felt like the racehorse pace of the game finally caught up with the Tomcats, the district’s No. 5 seed entering the postseason tourney.
“I felt like we wore them down. We were the better-conditioned team. Their shots were short in the second half. But don’t get me wrong, Haywood is a great team,” Suiter noted.
Westview fans were hoping a third-quarter surge could allow the Chargers to pull away and break the game open. After leading 52-47 at halftime, Haywood cut its deficit to two points, 54-52 on the fifth 3-pointer of the game by Tarcus Hughes in the first minute of the second half.
The Chargers answered with a trey by Dillon Gardner to begin a 14-6 run that expanded the lead to double digits, 68-58, with 3:17 left in the third. District 13-AA MVP Jacob Lloyd banked in a tough leaner. Javier Gordon put back a miss. Antonio Hogard drove the lane for a layup. Gordon scored on a pass from Chris Evans and later added a free throw. Gordon’s second free throw was off the mark, but Evans snared the rebound and put it back up and in for the first of the game’s two double-digit advantages.
The Tomcats didn’t fold and took advantage of the Chargers shot selection.
“I really felt like when we got up by 10 we forced some shots and settled for things when we got across halfcourt. That allowed them to get going in transition, but we weathered that storm,” Suiter admitted.
In addition to transition baskets, Haywood’s work on the offensive boards allowed the Tomcats numerous second-chance scoring opportunities. Haywood’s rebounding effort throughout the night kept them close. That was the case as they tried to rally from 10 behind.
A fastbreak layup by Hughes whittled the WHS lead to two, 70-68, with 48 ticks left in the third.
For the second time in the game, Evans came up with a late basket to boost the Chargers. With 3 seconds left in the third, Evans grabbed a miss by Lloyd and put it in to send Westview into the fourth with a 72-68 advantage.
Haywood got as close as one point, 72-71, on a free throw by Delk with 6:13 left to play. Delk could have tied the game with his second charity shot, but was off target and Gordon grabbed the rebound.
The lead wavered from two to five points until inside the 3 minute-mark. A Westview turnover set up another Tomcat fastbreak, but the Chargers hustled back into position to take a charge. Haywood standout Jamarcus Comage had a full head of steam driving into the lane and committed the charge for his fifth foul of the game with 2:17 remaining in the contest.
The air went out of Haywood’s sails with Comage relegated to the bench.
Hogard added a driving layup to boost the lead to six, 84-78, with 2:08 left. The Tomcats then missed three consecutive shots before Evans pulled down a rebound. Gordon added a fastbreak layup off a nice pass from Gardner to put the margin at eight, 86-68, with 99 seconds to play.
With the momentum again on its side and the Tomcats frustrated, Westview hit 10-of-16 free throws down the stretch for the 96-87 win.
Gordon’s 26 points topped all scorers. Hogard added 23 points. Lloyd finished with 24, including eight in the first quarter.
“Over the last month (Lloyd) has played his best stretch of basketball. I think the first quarter was indicative of how much he wants this,” Suiter said.
Hughes led Haywood with 16 points.
The score was tied five times in the first frame. HHS finished with a 25-24 edge thanks to Hughes’ trio of 3-pointers and 11 total points.
Gordon excited the crowd with two big slam dunks in the second quarter. Evans sent Westview into halftime with a 52-47 lead after scooping up a loose ball and drilling a buzzer-beating trey.
District 13-AA Tournament
Feb. 22 at Dyersburg
Haywood (87) — Tarcus Hughes 23, Jamarcus Comage 15, Lenard Beasley 13, Tyler Boyd 12, Dewayne Turner 10, C. Delk 8, Chevia Hughes 6.
Westview (96) — Javier Gordon 26, Jacob Lloyd 24, Antonio Hogard 23, Chris Evans 16, Dillon Gardner 7.
3-pointers: Haywood — Hughes (5); Westview — .
Records: Haywood 13-13, Westview 24-8.