Westby hosted Hillsboro in non-conference action on Dec. 11 and Arcadia on Thursday, Dec. 14. The Norsemen kept a solid lead all night against the Tigers and squeeked by the Raiders in the final seconds.
Bob Constalie, Westby’s head boys basketball coach said, Westby played its best ball of the season last week and he hopes the winning ways continue.
“The boys are working very hard in practice and it showed against Hillsboro and Arcadia,” Constalie said.
Westby 52, Hillsboro 35
Sam Strangstalien scored a game-high 17 points and was hot from long range downing four 3-pointers to help the Norsemen earn their first win of the season against Hillsboro. Teammate Alex Gluch added 16 points to Westby’s 52 point scoring effort.
Westby came out fast and furious against Hillsboro holding a commanding 35-14 lead at the break. Constalie said the team played its best half of basketball this season in the first half moving the ball well and making good cuts to open areas.
The offense was very patient, and made shots, while the defense still needs to improve its boxing out and rebounding skills,” Constalie said.
As well as the Norsemen played in the first half they gave up ground to the Tigers and were outscored in the second half 21-17. Strangstalien and Gluch downed several shots after the break to keep Westby in pace with the Tigers who spread its scoring around.
Constalie said it was good to come away with the team’s first victory of the season, but the consistency needs to continue throughout the entire game, not just one half.
Westby shot 46 percent for the night hitting 20 of 43 attempts. The team hit 47 percent of long range shots (9-of-19) and made 60 percent from the charity stripe, an area that needs improving as the season progresses. The Norsemen only turned the ball over four times, a vast improvement over earlier games.
Also scoring for Westby: Alec Meurer 2, Griffin Grass 8, Grant Dayton 4, Joe Armbruster 3, Ryan Daines 2.
WESTBY 52, HILLSBORO 35
Hillsboro 14 21 — 35
Westby 35 17 — 52
HILLSBORO: Hynek 9, Fealea 5, Miller 2, Mislivecek 4, Borchardt 1, Thorson 5, Gardner 2, Richardson 5, Jensen 2.
WESTBY (1-4): Sam Strangstalien 17, Alec Meurer 2, Griffin Grass 8, Alex Gluch 16, Grant Dayton 4, Joe Armbruster 3, Ryan Daines 2.
Westby 49, Arcadia 48
With less than eight seconds left on the clock senior Grant Dayton iced the game with a free throw giving the Norsemen a four point lead, one more than the team needed to capture the thrilling win.
Westby (2-4, 1-1) had three players finish in double figures led by Gluch with 13 points, Sam Strangstalien 12, and Ryan Daines with 10.
Arcadia’s Nolan Martin—who had a game-high 29 points—including seven 3-pointers, with the last one at the buzzer for the final 49-48 margin as Westby handed Arcadia (4-1, 1-1) its first loss of the season, and the Norsemen picked up their second straight win.
Arcadia held a single basket lead at the break 21-19, but the Norsemen outscored the Raiders 30-27 in the second half. Westby only shot 30 percent overall downing 14 of its 40 attempts, while Arcadia shot 50 percent making 18 of its 36 attempts.
The Norsemen show vast improvement at the charity stripe hitting 72 percent of its shots 16 for 22, while the Raiders won the long range shot battle hitting 50 percent, to Westby’s 31 percent.
Constalie was extremely proud of the team and how they worked together to pull out the win.
“Westby was very patient on offense and were able to control the tempo of the game. We had very good shot selection and our defense was much improved. The boys did a great job down the stretch at the free throw line and we were able to come away with our first conference win of the season,” Constalie said.
Also on the scoreboard for Westby: Griffin Grass 6, Davonte Spears 2, Grant Dayton 2, and Joe Armbruster 4.
Westby travels to G-E-T on Dec. 19 and hosts its annual holiday tournament Dec 28-29.
WESTBY 49, ARCADIA 48
Arcadia 21 27 — 48
Westby 19 30 — 49
ARCADIA (4-1, 2-1): Brennan Scow 6, Isaac Andre 3, Mike Schwiesthal 2, Curtis Weltzien 8, Nolan Martin 29 7 3’s.
WESTBY (2-4, 1-1): Sam Strangstalien 12, Griffin Grass 6, Alex Gluch 13, Davonte Spears 2, Grant Dayton 2, Joe Armbruster 4, Ryan Daines 10.