By Ryan Kaczmarski
Westlake had to know this was coming. With the 61-42 victory Friday night over Amherst for the sectional crown, the Demons will have to face the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees for the third time this year to have the chance to go to the district finals.
“I believe that they want to play Brecksville, there’s no doubt about that” said Demons head coach Shawn Hood. “I don’t know if we will win the game or not, but we will certainly make it competetive, unlike the second game at Brecksville.”
The first meeting of the two teams ended with a hard fought 46-39 Demons victory. The second game was a different story, with the Bees taking it to the Demons 53-37.
“Watching Brecksville take care of business (in the early game on Friday), gave our kids a little more focus to make sure we met them in the (district) semifinals,” Hood said.
Westlake (19-2) took over the game early against the Amherst Comets (6-16), going up 13-4 at the end of the first quarter and extending the lead to 29-9 going into halftime.
The second half of the game would be no different, with the Demons going up 48-21 to end the third quarter and cruising to a 61-42 final.
Westlake had a well-balanced attack all night, with 11 players getting in the scorebook. Shawn Turk led the Demons with 10 points, followed by Ezzet Assad and Andrew Guirguis with eight each; Grant Gase and Danny Strodtbeck with seven each; Bryan Mackenzie with six, Gavin Skelly with five, Jamie Lackner with four; and Brian Guzik, Yousef Kirallah and Max Rodriguez with two each.
“I think that all I’ve stressed all week long was not necessarily strategy, but intensity,” Hood said of the difference in the game. “I wanted us to bring our intensity to championship levels. That was the only thing I talked about all week long.”
The Demons-Bees matchup is tomorrow night at Midview High School. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.