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West’s boys split with South, North

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The West Brunswick High School boys basketball team ended a three-game season-opening losing streak by winning two last week.

After a loss on Friday to South, the Eagles are 4-2 as they enter the conference season this week at Hoggard. West’s first home conference game will be Tuesday against White Oak.

Below are summaries of West last three games:

SOUTH 60

WEST 38

South Brunswick got its first victory of the season and ended West’s two-game winning streak Friday.

The Cougars (1-2) hit 16 of 19 free throws in the first half en route to the 60-38 victory.

“Tonight, I don’t know if it was playing three games in a week,” West coach Brad Lewis said. “Maybe not being quite in shape enough. (Playing) a better team. We played a very good team tonight, better than the last two. Or a combination of all of those.”

A.J. Ferguson scored six of his 14 points in the first quarter as South took a 14-6 lead. A steal and layup by Edward McNeil and a basket by Joey Hines off a pass from McNeil gave the Cougars an 18-6 lead.

Later in the quarter, a 6-0 run extended the lead to 28-12. Ferguson scored, and two free throws by Brian Urbina were followed by two technical-foul free throws by Ervin Hall, putting South ahead by 16 points with 1:52 left in the quarter.

South led 43-26 after three quarters and hit 10-of -12 free throws in the fourth quarter.

“We have a hard game Tuesday (at Hoggard),” Lewis said. “This is a big step back. We’ll see where we go after this.”

Ervin Hall finished as South’s top scorer (16). Alfy Hill led West (11).

Scoring for South: Montez Loman 3, Edward McNeil 10, Ervin Hall 16, Joey Hines 6, A.J. Ferguson 14, Rashawn Jenkins 2, Brian Urbina 9.

Scoring for West: Wally Kamfolt 3, Brian Gore 2, Thomas Reaves 7, Pat Kamfolt 2, Ryan Hill 1, Marcus Jackson 8, Alfy Hill 11, Charles Brown 4.

WEST 61

S. COLUMBUS 42

West Brunswick saw a 16-point third-quarter lead dwindle to seven points before beating South Columbus 61-42 Dec. 4.

The nonconference victory was West’s second straight of the season.

“We have been trying to play faster,” West coach Brad Lewis said, “that was the main thing in (this) game and the game (against North). We like to play at that pace. We hit some easy shots and get a little bit of confidence. If we can get that, the other shots start going in.”

Three-pointers by Marcus Jackson and Pat Kamfolt helped give the Trojans an 8-2 lead. With the lead 12-8 in the second quarter, West outscored the Stallions 9-0 to take a 21-8 lead. A free throw by Alfy Hill began the run, and his dunk put West ahead 15-8. Layups by Jackson and Wally Kamfolt gave the Trojans a 19-8 lead. The final points came off free throws by Jackson and Brian Gore. The half ended with West ahead 25-13.

Baskets by Hill and Jackson put the Trojans ahead 29-13 early in the third quarter, but the Stallions cut the lead to 37-30 toward the end of the quarter. A score by Hill and a layup by Ryan Hill put West head 41-30 at the end of the quarter. A rebound by Jackson and a steal and layup by Pat Kamfolt extended the lead to 45-30 with 7:15 left in the fourth quarter.

South Columbus tried to rally and cut the lead to 51-40, but Wally Kamfolt made a 3-pointer with 2:14 left, and baskets by Jackson and Randy Daniels put the Trojans ahead 58-41.

Scoring for West: Wally Kamfolt 5, Brian Gore 3, Thomas Reaves 3, Eric Hewett 6, Pat Kamfolt 5, Ryan Hill 14, Randy Daniels 2, Marcus Jackson 12, Alfy Hill 9, Charles Brown 2. Rebound leaders: Alfy Hill 10, Jackson 6, Hewett 5. Assist leader: Pat Kamfolt 4. Steals leader: Pat Kamfolt 3.

WEST 63

NORTH 56

LELAND—Executing its offense flawlessly in the fourth quarter, West Brunswick broke a 50-50 tie and went on to beat North 63-56 in the nonconference boys game Dec. 2.

The victory was the first of the season for West.

A pass from Ryan Hill to Eric Hewett broke the tie with 3:44 left. The two teamed up on the next basket, with Hill scoring on a reverse layup. Hewett then blocked a shot, and neither team scored on its next two possessions. A score by Hewett off a pass from Wally Kamfolt put West ahead 56-50.

North’s Reggie Cobia scored, but West matched that with another assisted basket. This time Marcus Jackson passed to Charles Brown for the score and the 58-52 lead.

North cut the lead to 58-54 on free throws by Shawn Sanders and Jesse Riley, but Pat Kamfolt hit two free throws with 45.9 seconds left. A steal by Wally Kamfolt and his two free throws with 35.8 seconds left put the Trojans ahead 62-54. West then clinched the victory when Brown took a charge with 30.8 seconds left. North scored just one more basket in the remaining seconds.

For West, Eric Hewett scored 15 points and Marcus Jackson 13. For North, Shawn Sanders scored 16 and DeMontez Lennon and Reggie Cobia 15 each.

West scoring: Wally Kamfolt 6, Brian Gore 1, Eric Hewett 15, Pat Kamfolt 7, Ryan Hill 4, Marcus Jackson 15, Alfy Hill 7, Charles Brown 8. Rebound leaders: Hewett 7, Alfy Hill 6, Jackson 5. Blocked shots: Hewett 3.

North scoring: Shawn Sanders 16, DeMontez Lennon 15, Jesse Riley 4, Reggie Cobia 15, Tyshon Walker 5.

WEST JV 61

NORTH 54

West’s junior varsity beat North Brunswick 61-54 in overtime. Quan Bates had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Marquese Johnson scored 20 points. Justin Cook had seven points and eight rebounds. Roman Smyth had five points and two steals. Taylor Bufkin had two points, four rebounds and six steals.

WEST JV 55

S. COLUMBUS 38

West’s JV routed South Columbus 55-38 Dec 4. Quan Bates led the team with 15 points, five rebounds and two steals. Marquese Johnson scored 13 points. Roman Smyth scored 11 points, had five rebounds and three steals. Justin Cook scored nine points, had five rebounds and two steals.

WEST JV 36

SOUTH 35

West’s JV beat South Brunswick 36-35 Friday. Quan Bates scored 19 points, had nine rebounds and two steals. Tayor Bufkin scored nine points, had six rebounds and two steals.

MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at sports@brunswickbeacon.com.