The Westlake Varsity Boys Basketball team lost in a thrilling matchup at Amherst tonight 67-62.
Nate Klima found Westlake’s leading scorer, Tyler Kolocouris, under the basket for the first 2 points for the Demons. Westlake jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but the Comets quickly bounced back and took a 20-16 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.
Amherst went on an offense run in the 2nd quarter, but the Demons hit 4 three pointers with Michael Stenger hitting back to back 3s. Westlake couldn’t stop the Comets and they went into halftime down by 10.
The Demons switched up their game plan and came out strong in the 3rd quarter, as Will Ostrowski got a steal and Klessel scored a put back to start the second half. Let’s Go Defense…. Let’s Go Defense… Westlake shut down Amherst’s leading scorer and held him to zero points, with the efforts of Austin Norris, Dylan Bednar and Klessel working their magic on Pfeiffer. The Demons continued to claw their way back and had an offensive run with Blake Wolfe scoring a bucket, followed by a 3 pointer off the bench, to make it a 4 point game going into the final quarter 48-44.
The fans were pumped, as the Demons were determine to not be the underdog in this game. The Comets were in the bonus, and went to the free throw line 17 times in the 4th quarter. That did not stop Westlake, as Ray Ellington found Will Ostrowksi for 3 and then Ostrowski quickly returned the favor and dished an assist to Ellington for a deep shot. The Demons continued to play hard and shut down Pfeiffer again this quarter. With less than 3 minutes to go, Nate Klima took his 2nd charge of the night to give the Demons the ball. Kolocouris fouled out under a minute to go and then Wolfe hit another 3 to make it 66-62. The Comets went to the line after a quick foul, and went one for two, and that was enough to secure the victory 67-62.
Kolorcouris led the team in scoring with 15 points, followed by Ellington with 9, Wolfe and Stenger scored 8 each, Klessel and Bednar scored 6 each, Ostrowski 5, Klima 4 and matt Sarsam chipped in a point.
The Demons are 11-8 (9-7 conference) and play at home on Friday, February 14 against Lakewood.