Kersey Quarter. This is what many around the Westland basketball program are starting to call the final period of play when #22 is on the floor. In a game of runs, the Cougars would rely on Kersey Long’s nine points in the final minutes last night in a thrilling 71-58 victory over Grove City.
With a 49-29 cushion midway through the third quarter, it seemed as if Westland shut down and planned to coast their way through the rest of the game. Heading into the fourth quarter, Grove City cut that lead in half with sharp three-point shooting and suffocating defense. Charging ahead to a 9-0 run in the opening moments of the fourth, Westland’s lead was no longer safe at 49-48 with six minutes to play.
This is when Kersey Long stepped up. Plagued by poor shooting for the majority of the game, Long started to find lanes to the basket and shots began to fall. Long converted two three-point plays in the final period, and would finish with ten points on the night. Westland outscored the Greyhounds 22-19 in the fourth to secure their ninth win on the year. The Cougars travel to Marysville for a tough OCC-Central matchup on Friday.
Across the OCC
Dublin Coffman and Olentangy Liberty both remain at the top of the Central division after last night. Coffman was off Tuesday, while Olentangy Liberty won a non-league contest over fierce rival Olentangy Orange, 51-41.
Central Crossing dropped their fifth consecutive game, this time at the hands of district rival Franklin Heights. The Falcons were led by Ricardo Harris’ ten points in a 48-39 victory. With the win, Franklin Heights improves to 6-6 on the season, while the Comets fall to 2-11.
Surprising Centennial continued their winning ways on Tuesday night in a 95-82 victory over league opponent Beechcroft. The Stars were led in scoring by Boo Osbourne’s 35 points. Beechcroft had a 30 point scorer as well, with Patrick Ngene erupting for 31 in the loss. Centennial is now 8-2 on this year’s campaign, while Beechcroft falls to 5-5.
In a slugfest defensive battle for the first three quarters of play, Eastmoor’s offensive prowess was too much for Walnut Ridge to handle. Only scoring 16 points through three, the Warriors exploded for 23 in the fourth quarter en route to a 39-36 victory. John Draper led all scorers with 16 points. Eastmoor is now 8-4, while Walnut Ridge drops to 7-5.