Westlake boys lose in 2A South Region final
Westlake boys loses in 2A South final to Central
CAPITOL HEIGHTS — In its first three games of the Class 2A South Region playoffs, the Westlake Wol- verines pretty much had things going their way.
Westlake, which played in back-to-back 3A state finals in 2014 and 2015 and was a 2A South Region final- ist a season ago, knocked off SMAC foes Patuxent, Calvert and Thomas Stone in Section I of the 2A South bracket to reach another region final.
But Saturday versus the Central Falcons of Prince George’s County, not much of anything went the Wolverines’ way.
With a starting lineup that featured four combo guards, the Falcons’ perimeter scoring and speed in the open court was too much to overcome as the visiting Wolverines saw their season come to a close with an 88-72 victory.
“Central got a lot of easy looks at the basket in the first quarter and we had trouble scoring,” said Edward Mouton Sr., whose team fell to Gwynn Park, also of Prince George’s, last season in the region fi- nal. “We couldn’t figure out how to attack their [matchup] zone and having 17 turnovers in the first half didn’t help. They have a lot of guys that can shoot the ball and keep the ball moving, it was tough chasing them around.”
Central (21-3 overall), which won its first region title since 2014, advances to the 2A state semifinals to face Century of Carroll County on Friday at University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center in College Park.
“We are a senior-laden team with four guards that all have multiple facets and we move the ball real
Central’s Amar Shivers, left, fights for possession of the ball as Javani Brown impedes on the play in Saturday’s Class 2A South Region boys basketball championship game. Central defeated visiting Westlake 88-72.