by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield’s boys basketball team reduced the amount of points it surrendered in half to Gehlen Catholic in the second half compared to the first half in the final game before Christmas break on Dec. 21.
Thanks to a 21-2 first quarter blitz and a 44-16 halftime lead, the Jays cruised to a 64-30 War Eagle Conference (WEC) win.
The Westerners ended the 2012 portion of their season with an 0-8 record.
The Westerners host South O’Brien at 3:00 p.m., Jan. 5 following the girls’ game. A-W is at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Jan. 8 and will host Spalding Catholic Jan. 11. All three games are WEC contests.
A-W senior Chance Hoffman topped his team-leading scoring average of seven points with a 12-point effort against the Jays on 6-of-13 all field goal shooting and had seven rebounds. Overall, Hoffman has totaled 60 points, 7.5 points per game average, on 24-of-68 all field goal attempts, 4-of-18 for threes. He also leads the team with 36 rebounds and 13 assists. Hoffman also has seven blocked shots and 12 steals.
Nathan Sanchez, the Westerners’ second-leading scorer on the season, had eight points against the Jays on 3-of-12 all field goal attempts and had three steals. For the season, the junior has scored 49 points on 19-of-66 all field goal attempts, 4-of-18 three-point field goal attempts with nine assists and 16 steals.
Sophomore Tavian Banks had four points against the Jays. He has 44 points so far on the season. He is averaging 5.5 points per game on 14-of-46 all field goal shooting, 5-of-15 three pointers to lead the squad. Banks led the team in free-throw shooting, 11-of-19, 57.9 percent.
Kyle Schroeder led in rebounding with 36.
Sophomore Kevin Carlson had 29 rebounds and nine steals.
Sophomore Joel Brenner, who tallied four points against the Jays, has 27 points on the season and was in the starting lineup against Gehlen Catholic. He averages 3.4 points per game on 10-of-38 all field goal attempts, with one three-point field goal attempt made.
Other statistics for the Westerners who look to keep working hard in 2013:
Freshman Caleb Colt has 15 points, 2.7 points per game average on 5-of-32 all field goal attempts, and two three-point field goals made.
Sophomore Jacob Neubrand has 14 points, 1.8 points per contest average, 7-of-28 all field goals attempted, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
Freshman Wyatt Heyl has scored seven points on 3-of-10 all field goal attempts, made one three-point basket, had five rebounds and one steal.
Devon Myers had four points, and junior Alex Foley has two points.
As a team, A-W was shooting 103-of-346 all field goal attempts, 29.8 percent; 17-of-79 three-point field goal attempts, 21.5 percent; 48-of-130 free throw attempts, 36.9 percent, had 171 total rebounds; 54 assists; 62steals and 15 blocked shots.