Bott, who was clutch down the line, summed it up by saying “we haven’t been hitting our free throws late in games, and lately we have been focusing on hitting them more lately in practice.”
Westville struggled to hit shots, but according to head coach Jeff Millis, they weren’t bad shots.
“I think we had some awfully good looks at shots that didn’t go in during the first quarter. We had several shots within a couple feet of the basket that didn’t fall either, but I wasn’t sure if they were uncontested or not,” Millis said.
Regarding Bismarck-Henning’s size advantage, that doesn’t come as any surprise to Millis either.
“I think we know what they do, and they probably have a pretty good idea of what we do,” Millis said. “It’s no secret that their big guy (Garrowski) and Bott are longer and bigger than we are.”
Westville only had four players score on the evening, led by Kyle Brazas, who had a game-high 18 points. Jeffery Thompson added eight, while Justin Ottino and Austin Flynn rounded out the scoring for the Tigers by chipping in five and two points, respectively.
With the win, Bismarck-Henning improves to 26-3 on the season and will face top seeded St, Joseph-Ogden on Friday evening. Westville, who ends their season at 15-14, turned the ball over 13 times, compared to Bismarck-Henning, who had 11 turnovers.
For the game, Bismarck-Henning made 13-of-21 free throws, while Westville got to the line seven times and made five of them.
The Spartans and Blue Devils will tip off the regional championship at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, with the winner moving on to the sectional next week in Westville.