Westside coach Marvin Fields wants to see the necessary passes, the drives, the outlets and the open shooters.
He got that in the third quarter – and a ridiculous 3-pointer by Frank Booker.
The Patriots boys basketball team used a big third quarter to put away Richmond Academy on the road, 70-48, Tuesday night.
“We’re just trying to be an all-around team,” Fields said. “That’s been our strategy.”
Booker had 33 points in the game, including 17 in the third. He saved his craziest basket for the end of the period, when he was near his team’s bench and was fouled but still threw up a shot while going away from the basket. Somehow, the attempt looked graceful, falling in for the 3-pointer. He then made the free throw.
Westside scored 29 points in the third to increase its lead from 29-16 to a 58-36. Quinton Phillips chipped in with six of his 16 points in the third.
That was more than enough to offset Richmond Academy’s Niquia Andrews, who scored the Musketeers’ first eight points of the game. He had 16 points.
The huge quarter followed a low-scoring second, as the two teams combined for only 17 points. Richmond Academy didn’t get a point until less than three minutes in the half.
“I thought we kept our focus on defense,” Fields said. “That’s what we want.”
The Westside girls also won, 60-36.
The Lady Patriots used double teams and knocked the ball loose countless times to lead to breaks. They also used set plays to get Jahmia Bradley and Azia Gibson open for easy scores. The duo combined for 41 points.
Richmond Academy’s Aleisha Merriweather scored 13 points, but Westside continued to pull away.
Richmond Academy closed to within 43-32 early in the fourth quarter, but Bradley and Gibson were a force inside and players like Olivia Johnson made steals during a 15-1 run.
“We didn’t look very smooth, but we’re thankful for the win,” Lady Patriots coach Ivory Hugee said.