by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield boys’ basketball team had momentum going into a three-game week as the Westerners earned their first win of the season, against Westwood 37-33, on the road Jan. 12.
“We played hard. We tried to push it up the floor more in the first half in which we matched up fairly evenly. The kids were excited to finally taste victory. We knew going in it would be a good chance for a win but we did not want to come out and play sluggish. At halftime, the kids talked and said to come out ready and go after it,” said A-W Coach Jon Harris.
Tavian Banks led A-W with 11 points while Chance Hoffman added six and Kevin Carlson had five. Hoffman led the rebounding effort with 14 and had seven steals.
A-W jumped to an 11-6 lead after one quarter and led 16-14 at halftime.
Westwood of Sloan’s team cut the lead to two points with a minute to go but the Westerners held on for the victory.
Hoffman did a good job on the defensive rebounds, said Harris.
“One negative was the free throw shooting in the second half. We were 3-for-13 and that kept it close,” said Harris.
A-W, 1-11 overall record, hosted a tough Remsen Union team in WEC play on Jan. 15; is at Alcester-Hudson, S.D. on Jan. 17 in non-conference play and at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in Hartley for a league game on Jan. 18. All games follow the girls’ games.