With the game on the line, Westside kept returning to the foul line, where it continued making its shots.
The success at the line proved to be a difference in a close game as the Westside boys basketball team picked up a road win Friday night, beating Richmond Academy, 64-57.
With the win, the Patriots (10-6) moved to 3-2 in the subregion, same as the Musketeers.
“It’s going to be a dogfight the rest of the way,” Westside coach Marvin Fields said. “I’m just glad we got the ‘W’ tonight.”
With the game tied at 43 at the end of the third quarter, Westside pulled away behind some key stops and 14 for 15 shooting from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
Frank Booker, who hit a big 3-pointer to give his team the lead for good, made all eight of his attempts at the line in the fourth quarter. He finished with a game-high 31 points.
Richmond Academy (8-8) was close the entire way.
Jonathan Bradley and Denzel Washington combined for five 3-pointers for the Musketeers. Bradley finished with a team-high 17 points. Washington and post player William Jones had 12.
Westside closed on a 19-8 run using clutch shooting and better execution.
“It’s going to be a tight race all the way through,” Richmond Academy coach Steve Nobles said of the subregion.
In the girls game, Westside remained unbeaten in the subregion with a 48-33 win over Richmond Academy.
The Lady Patriots (15-3 overall, 5-0 subregion) held Richmond Academy to single digits in each of the last three quarters, with blocks from Ritzy Griffin inside ending some chances and multiple missed looks dooming others.
Though Westside struggled in spurts, Jahmia Bradley was efficient in getting trips to the line. The sophomore made 12 of her 15 free-throw attempts. She led all scorers with 22 points.
The Lady Musketeers (5-12, 2-3) battled, cutting down a 13-point deficit after three quarters to only seven.
Along with a Tia Tutt drive, Aleisha Merriweather got in two buckets near the rim while being fouled.
However, Westside scored the final eight points in the game, with Olivia Johnson’s layup following a Richmond Academy turnover essentially ending rally hopes.
“We were out of sync tonight,” Lady Patriots coach Ivory Hugee said. “They came to play.”