West­lake boys lose in 2A South Re­gion fi­nal

West­lake boys loses in 2A South fi­nal to Cen­tral

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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

PHOTO BY WALLACE BAR­RON

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.

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