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February 4, 2013

H.S. Basketball: Westwood boys beat Crockett in thriller Friday

There was a scramble on the floor for a loose ball, punches thrown and an unlikely hero sinking two free throws.

And that was only in the game’s final 20 seconds.

But, those seconds concluded the 19th-ranked Westwood boys basketball teams’ 51-47 road victory over Crockett, which completed the Panthers’ season sweep of the Bulldogs and put the District 19-2A title in their grasp.

As long as Westwood doesn’t slip up in its final two games at home versus Garrison and in Woden, the Panthers will capture the district.

With the Panthers leading by two, a scramble on the floor led to Dra Ross and a Crockett player being tied up for a loose ball. That led to a massive altercation on the floor, which resulted in the game being delayed.

After the delay, Crockett was awarded the ball but Westwood made a stop and with eight seconds remaining, Sam Carlisle hit two free throws to put Westwood up four and clinch the victory.

Ross finished with 14 points to lead the Panthers, who also got 10 points from both L.J. Hutchison and J.J. Turner. Damontrey House added seven in the victory, while Chris Thompson had five.

Westwood (19-9, 9-1) hosts Garrison today in their home finale. Games begin at 5 p.m.

ELKHART 67, Groveton 28

For the first time in eight years, the Elkhart boys’ basketball team is playoff bound.

The Elks clinched their playoff spot with a 67-28 victory over visiting Groveton Friday, and could still finish anywhere from first to third in District 19-2A.

The win moved Elkhart to 14-11 overall and 8-2 in district. If the Elks win out, they will finish no worse than second, but could finish third if Westwood loses one or both of its final two games. If Westwood goes 1-1 to end the year and Elkhart wins out, the teams would tie.

Cole Bridges hit five three-pointers en route to his team-high 17 points Friday, while Elkhart also got 12 points from Jeffrey Wilson and 11 from Luke Hollingsworth.

Jacob Cheatham added eight for Elkhart, which is off today before finishing the season at Central Heights Friday and then at home versus Crockett Feb. 12.

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