by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield’s boys’ basketball team took to the floor for the first time in 2012-2013 with a good crowd on hand for the season opener with Remsen-St. Mary’s on Nov. 27.
RSM junior Matthew Wesselmann, who scored 28 points, seemingly came off the bus shooting threes as his team made four of them in a 16-7 run to start the game. A-W had one trey to answer, by Tavian Banks.
The Hawks steadily built their lead throughout, up 33-22 at halftime en route to a 63-48 win over the Westerners.
“We’re inexperienced and I don’t fault our effort for the most part. We’re a work in progress. We paused sometimes and watched Wesselmann and we knew he would shoot the three,” said A-W Head Coach Jon Harris.
A-W, 0-1 record, had 13 points from junior Chance Hoffman and 10 from sophomore Banks. Junior Nate Sanchez added seven points. Sophomore Kevin Carlson added six points and four rebounds. Kyle Schroeder and Hoffman were the leading rebounders with five.
In addition to Wesselmann, Tyler Delperdang had 13 points for the Hawks and Nate Roder also had double figures with 10.
“Our main goal this year is to play our best basketball at the end of the season,” said Harris. “We’ll watch the film and see what we need to work on from the opener.”
A-W boys statistics versus Remsen-St. Mary’s, a 63-48 loss on Nov. 27:
Jacob Neubrand: 2 points, 1-of-2 field goal attempts, 0-of-1 three-point field goal attempt, 3 assists.
Hoffman: 13 points, 5-of-8 field goal attempts, 2-of-2 three-point field goal attempts, 1-of-6 free throw attempts, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 blocked shot.
Sanchez: 7 points, 2-of-5 field goal attempts, 1-of-2 three-point field goal attempts, 2-of-2 free throw attempts, 1 assist, 3 steals.
Heyl: 3 points, 1-of-1 field goal attempt, 1-of-1 three-point field goal attempt, 1 rebound.
Caleb Colt: 2 points, 1-of-6 field goal attempts, 0-of-2 three-point field goal attempts, 2 rebounds, 1 steal.
Banks: 10 points, 4-of-8 field goal attempts, 2-of-2 three-point field goal attempts, 0-of-3 free throw attempts, 2 rebounds.
Joel Brenner: 4 points, 2-of-6 field goal attempts, 0-of-2 three-point field goal attempts, 0-of-1 free throw attempt, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot.
Schroeder: 1 point, 0-of-3 field goal attempts, 1-of-3 free throw attempts, 5 rebounds, 1 steal.
Alex Foley: 2 rebounds, 2 assists.
Team: 48 points, 19-of-46 field goal attempts, 6-of-12 three-point field goal attempts, 4-of-17 free-throw attempts, 23 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 steals, 2 blocked shots.