Bryce Westbrook + No. 13 Douglass Score OT Win At Fifth-Ranked Laneville
LANEVILLE -- Bryce Westbrook saved his best for last.
The Douglass guard scored five of his team's 10 points in overtime to lead the No. 13 Indians past fifth-ranked Laneville, 59-55, in a District 25-A Division II matchup on Tuesday.
Westbrook finished with five points (all in overtime) with a game-high 20 rebounds and nine assists. His older brother, Reed Westbrook, poured in 14 points, which included four three-pointers, with five rebounds and three assists.
Matthew Wallace added 17 points, including five three-pointers, and Jake Raines added a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
Laneville's (15-7, 2-1) Donta Harris tallied a game-high 21 points, four rebounds and five steals. Sophomore Ty Johnson chimed in with 13 points, 12 rebounds (seven offensive) and two blocks. Kendrick Anderson added 15 points and six boards.
At the start of overtime, Bryce Westbrook hit his first shot of the game to give Douglass (17-5, 2-2) the early lead. After Raines sank two free-throws, he followed with a layup off a beautiful pass from Bryce Westbrook, and the Indians led 54-49. Then Bryce and Reed Westbrook both hit two free-throws a piece and Reed sealed it when he picked Harris' pocket for a steal and layup with 39 seconds remaining.
"I think early in the game we were kind of shell-shocked," said Douglass coach Mark Leuschner. "We know what it's like to play Laneville over here, but it took us a while to adjust. The second shots for Laneville were killing us. We made the adjustment to block-out more, then started hitting our shots. Bryce (Westbrook) had the toughest assignment guarding their No. 11 (Kendrick Anderson). (Bryce) is a warrior, who just battles. Late in the game, we wanted the ball in his hands, which says a lot considering his older brother (Reed) is all-state."
Douglass took its first lead of the game with 4:29 left in the third quarter when Wallace sank a triple off a Reed Westbrook assist, making it 33-32.
Laneville responded when Harris knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, and Laneville grabbed the lead back, 32-27. Reed Westbrook answered with consecutive triples of his own as Douglass finished the third on a 6-0 run, and held a 33-32 margin going into the fourth.
Douglass' Jason Hobson sank a three-ponter to open the fourth, pushing the Indians advantage to six, 38-32. Laneville started a 12-1 swing when Johnson hit a jumper in the lane. Roberts followed with a steal and missed layup, but Tralon Alexander was there for the offensive putback. When Harris drained two free-throws, it was tied at 38 with a little under six minutes to go. Johnson got a steal and a layup in transition, followed by a Harris' steal and dish to Alexander, and Laneville's lead swelled to 44-39.
Reed Westbrook hit back-to-back 3's, then Bryce Westbrook had back-to-back assists, first hitting Wallace for the open trey, then hitting a cutting Raines to snatch the lead back, 49-47, with less than two minutes remaining. Johnson sank another long two-pointer to tie it at 49 heading into the extra stanza.
Laneville controlled the first half, starting the game on a 9-0 run, highlighted by a no-look pass from Johnson to Roberts. Douglass turned the ball over seven times in the opening frame as Laneville led 11-3 after one.
Both teams continue district play on Friday when Douglass plays host to Oakwood, and Laneville entertains Kennard.