Sheetz Holiday Christmas Classic – Weschester vs Southwest Boys – Round 1

In the opening round of the 2012 Sheetz Holiday Classic, the Cowboys played hosts to the Wildcats of Westchester Country Day.

Southwest came into tonight’s match-up looking to stay hot and stay unbeaten while the Wildcats looked to play the role of party crashers. The opening frame was a display of very little defense. Maybe it was the Christmas break and everyone was in a giving mood, but no one was stopping anyone.

Southwest’s Ben Ferguson hit 4 3’s in the opening quarter to keep the Cowboys in it. Southwest scored 6 straight points to close out the frame with a 23-17 advantage.

The second quarter was a defensive battle as the Cowboys slowed the Wildcats down and held them to 9 points in the quarter as Southwest pushed ahead 41-26 going into the break.

After a half opening 3 pointer by the Cowboys, the Wildcats used a 9-2 run, and continued to battle and cut the lead to as few as 46-37. The Cowboys bounced back and maintained a cushion and held a 58-49 headed into the final quarter.

Once again the Cowboys pushed the lead a little further out, and the Wildcats battled back and cut the lead to its closest point at 69-62.

Southwest was resilient and hit free throws and clutch baskets to preserve their smallest margin of victory on the season at 78-64. Westchester was lead by Josh Burton with 23 points. Southwest was lead by Terrell Leach 27, and Ben Ferguson 19.

                             1st  2nd  3rd  4th  Final
   Westchester Country Day   17   09   23   18    64
   Southwest Guilford        23   18   17   20    78

Westchester Country Day
Sadeeq Bello 10
Josh Burton 23
Kaymon Mitchell 2
David Ayodele 7
Bruno Beca 8
Justice C. 14

Southwest (9-0) (1-0)
Terrell Leach 27
KJ Langley 9
Ben Ferguson 19
DJ Chamblee 5
Tyliek Brister 10
Michael Bryant 2
Renrick Arthur 2
Arjun Patel 2
Andrew Bullock 1

Submitted by Greg Vlazny