Westhampton vs Penn Yan Acadamey 3/21/98|
CLASS B State Final 4
Westhampton 70 Penn Yan Acadamey 34
Glens Falls - Solving Westhampton's trapping defense is difficult
enough for teams in Suffolk's League IV. It was next to impossible for
Penn Yan Academy.
Behind the trapping defense and strong guard play by sophomore
Bronson Martin and seniors Dale Menendez and Jason Ritchie, Westhampton
blew away Penn Yan Academy, 70-34, before a crowd of 2,500 yesterday in
the state public schools Class B semifinal at the Glens Falls Civic
"The teams in our league know about us and about our trap, but those
kids were seeing it for the first time," Menendez said. "They didn't
know what to do."
What Penn Yan (Section V) did was shoot 25 percent from the field,
hitting only 12 of 48 shots. Westhampton went 31-for-69 (44.9 percent).
"Our shots didn't fall. Our free throws didn't fall," said Penn Yan
coach Rob Grattan. "It was one of the worst games we played all year.
Obviously, to Westhampton's credit. When you play a good team like that,
not converting our chances will make the margin of victory large."
Westhampton's defense was so good that it was able to overcome a poor
game by Jermain Hollman. A five-year starter and all-around leader of
the Hurricanes, Hollman struggled offensively, shooting 0-for-8 from
the field for more than two quarters and was scoreless at halftime. "I
was nervous; came out cold," Hollman said.
"Jermain fought through a really bad game," Westhampton coach Rich
Wrase said. "I'm really proud of him. He didn't play well at all, but he
Hollman finished with 11 points (4-for-14 shooting) and nine
rebounds. Even 6-6 junior Dwayne Sanders seemed invisible. Saddled with
foul trouble in the first half, Sanders ended up with 5 points, 4
rebounds and 4 blocks.
"When someone on our team is not playing well, the rest of us just
pick up our games," said Menendez, who had 15 points and five rebounds.
Menendez helped jump-start the Hurricanes (25-0), scoring six points as
Westhampton took a 10-2 lead with 3:14 left in the first quarter.
Martin, who finished with a game-high 20 points, picked up from
there. He hit a 15-footer from the corner with 1:05 left in the quarter
and a 28-foot three-pointer as time expired to push the Westhampton lead
"Jermain really is our best player, but a great team can win without
their best guy," Wrase said. "That's what happened. Bronson Martin and
Jason Ritchie played great. Dale Menendez was unbelievable."
Chris Koek, a 6-3 senior, led Penn Yan (20-6) with 10 points and
Defending state champion Syracuse-Westhill (Section III) awaits the
Hurricanes in today's 1 p.m. title game. Westhill (27-0), which beat
Section I Corning, 81-34, in the other semifinal, did it by opening with
a 23-4 run.
"If we work as a team like we always do," Menendez said, "good
things will happen."
STATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLASS B TOURNAMENT
Penn Yan: Legg 2-0-4, Jensen 2-0-6, Tones 3-2-8, Wilbur 0-3-3, Koek 4-2-10,
Wilson 1-0-2, French 0-1-1. Totals: 12-8-34.
|Team||First QT||Second QT||Third QT||Fouth QT||Total|
Westhampton: Menendez 7-1-15, Hollman
4-3-11, Ritchie 2-0-4, Sanders 2-1-5, Martin 9-0-20, Liggon 2-0-4, Ford
2-0-4, Bloxon 1-0-2, Andria 1-0-3, Green 1-0-2. Totals: 31-5-70.
Three-point goals: Penn Yan 2 (Jensen 2); Westhampton 3 (Martin 2, Andria).