Once the last horn sounded, they started walking toward the scorer’s table. The fans wanted to know onething: Did Frank get 40?
Westside’s Frank Booker had exactly 40, but his Patriots boys basketball teammates also provided more than enough help to beat Laney,
75-68, on Friday night.
The Patriots clinched Subregion 3B-AA with the win.
“We’re just thankful,” Westside coach Marvin Fields said. “But there’s no glory in this for us. We’re humble with the victory tonight.”
Booker hit six 3-pointers to send the crowd into a frenzy, but he also got in two huge three-point plays in the fourth quarter as the Patriots worked to protect their lead.
His most destructive quarter came in the third, which Westside entered trailing 27-24.
The senior put up 14 of Westside’s 21 points as the Patriots started to take over.
Still, the Patriots got help elsewhere as they had 30 points in the last period.
Quinton Phillips was the difference from the field for Westside. With Laney mounting a comeback, Phillips scored 12 of his 20 points in the quarter, at one stretch posting seven consecutive points for the Patriots.
The Wildcats (16-7, 4-2), who were led by Quentin Hall’s 17 points, closed within four points late after being down 10, but Westside grabbed the necessary defensive rebounds to secure the win.
“All the guys contributed and played their role on both ends of the floor,” Fields said. “It was a solid team effort.”
In the girls game, the Lady Wildcats stayed perfect with a 52-42 win.
Laney (23-0, 6-0) got 17 points from Khadijiah Cave, but the Lady Patriots put up a strong fight.
Westside, which lost the first meeting by 25 points just two weeks earlier, led very early before Laney’s inside presence and strong defense stepped up. That combination was enough to overcome Jahmia Bradley, who had 12 points in the game to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career.
Bradley scored the first points as Westside led 6-2.
However, the scoring droughts started prior to Aliyah Collier hitting two clutch 3-pointers in the third quarter to create distance.
“We played pretty good,” Lady Wildcats coach Otis Smart said. “They were up for us.”