Two big runs made all the difference for the Westminster Christian boys basketball team Friday night.
A 10-0 run stretching from the end of the first quarter and into the second and a 13-1 run to open the second half helped the Warriors to a 48-30 Northeast Athletic Conference victory over neighbor Harvest Christian.
"They had those runs, and we expected those runs," Lions coach Jeff Boldog said. "We just weren't able to fully recover."
Harvest Christian (10-6), which had its eight-game winning streak snapped, led 11-9 after a Jon Vislisel basket with 1:48 remaining in the first quarter. Colin Brandon hit a 3-pointer with 1:26 remaining in the quarter to give Westminster (7-9) a 12-11 lead heading to the second quarter. Dillon Rejman hit a 3-pointer, Luke Weston made a pair of free throws and Robert Kleczynski added a layup to start the second quarter to extend the Warriors lead to 19-11.
"We don't want to rely on runs to win the game," said Brandon, who finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds. "We just want to run our offense and score on that."
Westminster led 23-17 at halftime and quickly increased the lead. The Warriors scored the first 10 points of the third quarter. Sam Carani and Brandon each had a basket and Will Woodhouse hit two 3-pointers in the first 4 minutes. After a free throw from the Lions' Stuart Wolff, Woodhouse hit his third 3-pointer of the quarter and fourth of the game to give the Warriors a 36-18 lead.
"We got Will open and he knocked down some big threes for us," Westminster coach Bruce Firchau said.
The Lions could only get within 14 the rest of the game.
Woodhouse led all scorers with 18 points, 14 in the second half. Kleczynski added 6 points and 8 rebounds.
Vislisel had 12 points and 5 rebounds for Harvest Christian. Dan Turpin added 7 points and 9 rebounds.
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