2012 - 2013 Season
Westwood Wins Thriller Over Medfield
Thursday, February 7, 2013
WESTWOOD--- For a while, it looked like Steve St. Martin's Westwood Wolverines were in for another crushing loss at the hands of the Medfield Warriors. Earlier in the season, Westwood blew a 15-point halftime lead and lost on the road against their Tri-Valley League rival. Heading into the locker room on Thursday, Westwood once again had a comfortable 11-point halftime lead, only to see Medfield come all the way back and take a 3-point lead into the final mintues of the fourth quarter. On this night, however, Westwood would not send its fans home disappointed. In front of a packed Bader Gymnasium, the Wolverines showed true resolve and held off the Warriors to earn a thrilling 52-49 win. Senior captain John Gebhard made two free throws with 7.6 seconds remaining to put Westwood up by 3 and Medfield's Matt Pembroke rimmed out a three point attempt in the final seconds to seal the win for the Wolverines, prompting the crowded student section to storm the court in celebration. Trailing 47-46, Westwood sophomore Will Jessup knocked down a three pointer from the corner in front of the Wolverines bench to put Westwood up for good, 49-47. While Westwood struggled from the free-throw line all night, shooting just 10-21 from the stripe, Jessup (5 points), who had made two free throws just moments earlier to tie the game at 46, and Gebhard (12 points) made the big shots when it mattered most. The Wolverines' interior defense down the stretch also played a critical role, forcing Medfield into several bad shots and turnovers. Medfield was led by junior Drew Shea, who scored 16 points off the bench and helped lead the Warriors' furious third-quarter comeback, which included a 15-4 run to give them a one-point lead heading into the fourth. Westwood was led offensively by senior captain Joe Lally, who scored 16 of his game-high 24 points, including 4 three point field goals, in the first half. After the game, Westwood got more good news with word that the first-place Norton Lancers had lost to Holliston. Norton's loss, combined with the Westwood victory, placed the Wolverines' fate in their own hands. Westwood can now clinch a share of the TVL Championship with wins next week over Norton and Hopkinton, both of whom are currently tied atop the standings.
Westwood Gets Come From Behind Win Over Bellingham
Friday, January 25, 2013
BELLINGHAM--- Nothing is coming easy these days for Steve St. Martin's Westwood Wolverines. After getting out to a quick 9-0 lead, Westwood trailed host Bellingham 25-23 heading into the locker room at the half. The second half featured a spirited effort from the Wolverines' bench, led by junior Dan Roache's 8 points and 8 rebounds, as the visitors snuck away with a 64-52 win over the Hawks. Westwood was led by senior captain Joe Lally's 23 points, but it was the play of Roache and sophomore Matt Allegrezza, who pulled down 6 rebounds off the bench, that put the Wolverines ahead to stay in the third quarter. The win ended the Wolverines' mini two-game losing streak and brought their record on the season to 7-5. Next up for Westwood is a battle with rival Holliston on Tuesday night in Westwood.
Westwood Loses to Medfield in a Tale of Two Games
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
MEDFIELD--- It was the best of halves. It was the worst of halves. In 58 minutes, the Westwood Wolverines went from storming into the locker room ahead 32-17 at the half, to losing a devastating 53-44 league contest to the Medfield Warriors. Westwood came out hot at the start, taking a 22-10 lead at the end of the first quarter behind hot shooting from junior Paul Calobrisi (6 points) and outstanding play from senior Alex Berluti, whose slashing to the basket resulted in all 10 of his points for the game coming in the first half. The second quarter was much of the same, with senior forwards Jonathan Allegrezza (11 points) and John Gebhard (9 points, 10 rebounds) dominating inside on both ends of the floor. When the first 16 minutes of the game ended, it appeared certain that the Wolverines would get a tremendous road win.
On this night, however, it was the Warriors who came out fighting in the second half. Medfield's stifling man defense held Westwood to just 4 points in the third quarter and the Warriors came all the way back to cut the deficit to 2 at the end of the frame, 36-34. The fourth quarter saw Weswtood continue to struggle on both ends of the floor, as Medfield (5-2, 6-2) pulled away for a 53-44 win. Westwood (4-2, 4-2) finished the second half with only 12 points and had few answers for Medfield's spirited attack.