High school notebook: Westmoore knocks off Del City to continue hot start

BOYS BASKETBALL — Westmoore is 5-1 and defeated Class 5A's No. 1 team on Saturday night. Trey Ayala led the Jaguars with 18 points.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com Published: December 18, 2011

Westmoore boys basketball has been stuck in a rut the last few years, winning no more than eight games each of the last three seasons.

But with a hot start, the Jaguars are halfway to double-digit victories this season, notching an impressive victory on Saturday night.

The Jags (5-1) defeated Class 5A No. 1 Del City, 60-58, only four days after the Eagles took down 6A's No. 1 team, Edmond Memorial.

Del City got 21 points from sophomore Brett Cannon, but Westmoore pulled it out down the stretch with solid play from an experienced roster. Junior Trey Ayala had a team-high 18 points for the Jags.

“We feel like we can be pretty good this year,” senior Beau Palmer said. “We have a lot of experience. We're strong on both ends of the floor.

“I think we're gonna turn things around. I expect big things this year.”

WASHINGTON VS. WASHINGTON AT TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Larry Johnston's Washington Warriors, the No. 1-ranked boys team in Class 3A, drew a difficult first-round matchup at the Tournament of Champions against another highly ranked Washington squad — Tulsa Washington.

Tulsa Washington is ranked third in Class 6A, having won the last two Class 5A state championships. The battle of the Washingtons, set to tip off at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 28, will highlight a busy day of basketball at the Tournament of Champions

Second-ranked Class 5A Bishop McGuinness will square off with Class 2A No. 4 Pawnee at 1:30 p.m. in the opening round.

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