Westfield boys’ basketball team opened its season with a 60-58 win over Frewsburg-Falconer during the semifinals of the Westfield Winter Classic Friday night at Westfield Academy and Central School.
“We played a good team,” Westfield head coach Bob North said. “We played a close game and got away with a win. And (today) we play a real good team in Sherman. We can come away (from the weekend) with two real good games under our belts.”
Sherman defeated Forestville, 69-43, in the other semifinal behind Ryan Myers’ 20 points.
In the Wolverines’ two-point win, Tanner Dahl led all scorers with 24 points while adding five steals. Teammate Jessie Rodriguez provided a sound effort as well, adding 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Frewsburg-Falconer jumped out to a 13-12 lead after the first quarter, before Westfield put up 18 points in the second stanza to build a 30-24 lead at the break.
Frewsburg-Falconer fought back to pull within one at the end of the third quarter, 47-46, but the Wolverines were able to pull out the win late in regulation.
Liam Tennies added 12 points for the Wolverines while Jacob Gray hauled down eight rebounds.
Mitchell Carter had a team-high 18 points for Frewsburg-Falconer and added eight rebounds while Michael Wilcox had 11 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Also for Frewsburg-Falconer, Kyle Peterson and Derek Smith had 10 points each and Josh Nelson dished out seven assists.
Meanwhile, in the night’s other semifinal, Sherman jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the first quarter, before increasing its lead to 41-23 at halftime.
The Wildcats outscored the Hornets 28-20 the rest of the way to earn their spot in tonight’s championship game.
Jake Card added eight points and eight rebounds in the win while Jordan Boland chipped in nine points. Also for Sherman, Andrew Graham grabbed eight rebounds and Devin Moorhead had six steals and three assists.
Forestville was led by Jake Nosbisch’s 14 points and six assists while Ryan Forbes chipped in seven points. Caleb Makuch added six points and a game-high 10 rebounds while Wayne Hartloff added nine rebounds and four blocks.