Games played early on Saturday mornings aren’t exactly magnets for huge crowds. But that’s often where you find the college coaches. That was the case at the On The Court For Cancer Shootout at Orr, with junior college and small-college coaches making up nearly half the crowd for the opening game of Westinghouse against U-High.
Warriors senior Darrell Ivy took full advantage of the opportunity, scoring 19 points to lead the Warriors to a 55-42 win over the Maroons.
“We knew that today would probably be a good chance for some college coaches to see us play,” Ivy said. “I’ve got some interest from jucos and Division II schools.”
U-High features 6-8 senior Max Rothschild, one of the area’s unsung stars. He’s averaging a double-double and receiving some interest from Division I schools. The Warriors were able to take him off his game.
Westinghouse bottled up Rothschild on offense, limiting him to just seven points. He shot 3-for-13 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.
“The game plan was to not let [Rothschild] catch the ball,” Westinghouse coach Bill Curry said. “He’s really skilled.”
The Maroons (13-5) kept it close even without Rothschild scoring.
Jonathan King’s steal and layup with 2:07 to play cut Westinghouse’s lead to 48-43. The Warriors responded with a free throw by Dequannis Jackson and a slam from Marlick Williams, closing the game on a 7-0 run.
King led U-High with 10 points and Logan Crowl added nine. The Maroons committed 25 turnovers.
Jackson scored 10 for Westinghouse (12-9). Williams (eight points, eight rebounds) and Jahrell Allen (eight points, eight rebounds) were the interior players that handled Rothschild.
“Our game plan was to keep it up-tempo and keep them running,” Ivy said. “The whole team bought in.”