Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sherwood boys win battle of the ‘Woods’

Eagles boys coach Matt Ruta called it a win “where we finally played like I think we can.” Westwood coach Al Timmerman, meanwhile, couldn’t disagree.“It’s how I expected them to play,” he said. “We owned the first half — and they really owned the second.”The Wildcats led, 29-25, at halftime, but were simply out played in the second half as Sherwood won its home opener by outscoring Westwood by a staggering 48-14 after halftime.“We’ve got so many new kids, so many kids who haven’t played — it’s just taking awhile for everyone to find what they’re good at,” said Ruta, whose team improved to 2-2 overall, while handing Westwood (2-1) its first defeat of the season. “Last year, we had a great inside presence, but this year we don’t as much. So we’re just trying to find our identity. And I think we took a big step (Tuesday night).”Leading the way in the win was SCA’s Brannan Anthony, who was the high man for both teams with 18 points, followed by John Schramm (16) and Gary Holloway (14).The Wildcats, meanwhile, got a team-high 10 from Jake Edore and 9 from Andrew Adams. Timmerman said he knew when his team missed a few easy shots after halftime — and then watched Sherwood quickly go from trailing to leading — the momentum had officially swung in the Eagles’ favor.“We got behind in a hurry,” he said. “And if Sherwood was struggling before (Tuesday night), they sure didn’t look it the way they played in the second half.”

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