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Westview survives Fairfield upset bid

Bontrager comes through at line for winners; Scott collects 18 points and 12 boards for Falcons.
Posted on Jan. 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

TOPEKA — The result, not necessarily the performance, was all that ultimately meant much to Jordyn Bontrager, and he made sure of that result at the line.

The Westview junior guard drained 5 of 6 free throws over the final 1:01 of overtime as the host Warriors survived a gallant upset bid by Fairfield with a 52-49 victory over the Falcons in Saturday night’s Northeast Corner Conference boys basketball tournament final as about 2,800 nervous fans watched.

“It was not a very good game by us, but fortunately we came out with the win, and that’s all that matters,” Bontrager said.

The Warriors (11-1) captured their fourth straight NECC Tourney crown and won their eighth straight game overall.

“I think our kids were tired without a doubt, and I think Fairfield’s kids were, too,” Westview coach Rob Yoder said, “but we gutted it out, fought and scrapped, and I give our kids credit for that, because we struggled all night on both ends of the floor.”

Senior Kyle Miller scored a game-high 22 points, grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and drained 5 of 6 shots from 3-point land for the winners. Chandler Aspy added nine points and four steals, and Nic Raber eight points and eight rebounds, while Bontrager tallied seven points to go with seven boards and a game-high five assists

“We never thought we were going to lose the game,” Bontrager said despite his club being in perilous territory much of the night. “We just never lost focus. We just kept our minds on the task, and that was winning the game.”

While Westview was playing its third contest in four nights, coach Troy Beachy’s Falcons (8-6) were playing their fourth in five, having won each of the other three in this tourney by nine.

Senior Garrett Scott scored 18 points and hauled in 12 rebounds for Fairfield to go with two steals. Brad Lantz and Joe Line added nine points apiece. Marcus Rodes finished with seven points, four assists and three steals.

Two free throws by Raber with 5.8 seconds left in regulation sent the game to OT at 43-all. A pair of free throws by Aspy with 2:15 left in the extra session put the Warriors ahead to stay at 47-45.

Bontrager then iced the game with his 5 of 6 at the line.

“It’s a lot of pressure, but I think it’s fun,” Bontrager said of being the one at the stripe. “It’s what you look forward to as a kid, and luckily I made them.”

The same two teams will meet again Friday at Westview in NECC round-robin play, with the Warriors seeking their 12th victory in the last 13 meetings.

Westview 52, Fairfield 49, OT

Fairfield — Joe Line 3-8 3-6 9, Garrett Scott 7-14 0-1 18, Brad Lantz 3-7 3-5 9, Marcus Rodes 2-7 2-4 7, Mitch DeWitt 1-1 0-0 2, John Stack 1-3 0-0 2, Thomas Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Josh Stephens 0-2 0-0 0, Alex Miller 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 18-43 (.419) 8-16 (.500) 49.

Westview — Nic Raber 3-9 2-2 8, Kyle Miller 7-11 3-4 22, Chandler Aspy 2-7 5-8 9, Brett Yoder 1-3 0-0 3, Jamar Weaver 1-5 0-0 3, Cody Litwiller 0-2 0-0 0, Daron Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-43 (.349) 15-20 (.750) 52.

Scoring By Quarters

Fairfield 9 9 14 11 6 — 49

Westview 6 17 10 10 9 — 52

3-point goals: Fairfield (5-14) — Scott 4-7, Rodes 1-5; Westview (7-19) — K.Miller 5-6, Yoder 1-3, Weaver 1-5.

Rebounds: Fairfield (25) — Scott 12, Lantz 3; Westview (36) — K.Miller 9, Raber 8, Bontrager 7, Aspy 5.

Assists: Fairfield (12) — Rodes 4, Line 3; Westview (10) — Bontrager 5.

Steals: Fairfield (9) — Rodes 3, Line 2, Scott 2; Westview (5) — Aspy 4.

Turnovers: Fairfield 11, Westview 15.

Fouls: Fairfield 21, Westview 16. Fouled out — Line (1:01, OT).

Records: Westview 11-1, Fairfield 8-6.

Next: Fairfield at Westview Friday.




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