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January 24, 2014

Westville holds off Salt Fork

Tigers get a chance to defend their County Title

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The Tigers were 4-of-8 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to preserve the one-point victory. Kyle Brazas made 2-of-2 with 34 seconds left in the game and Jeffery Thompson made 1-of-2 with 17 ticks left on the clock.

Brazas and Thompson shared team-high scoring honors with 12 points each, and according to Millis they executed the proper game plan against Salt Fork center Max Stutsman.

"When Max Stutsman is in the game, you have to pull up short,'' Millis said. "You are not going to get it to the rim against him. He is that dominate of a player. He is a great player. He has been for three years.

"We had to come up with something a little different. The key was stopping short and we had to make some shots. We made enough shots by stopping short.''

Brazas, who didn't score in the previous matchup with Salt Fork and he was 0-for-8 from the field in Tuesday's game against Armstrong-Potomac) was 5-of-6 on shots inside the lane on Thursday night, while Thompson was 5-of-8.

"I thought Thompson and Brazas did a good job of attacking the basket,'' Johnson said. "When you make shots, you look pretty good offensively. I felt like they got the right shots that they wanted.''

But that wasn't the one thing that bother the second-year coach of the Storm. It was the fact that Westville grabbed eight offensive rebounds to just seven defensive rebounds for Salt Fork.

"When you are shooting a good percentage like Westville did and you are getting the offensive rebounds, it's almost feels like they weren't missing,'' he said. "Those offensive rebounds were key factors in tonight's game.''

Salt Fork also struggled with its shooting, missing numerous shots within 10 feet of the basket. The Storm shot just 41 percent, but they had a chance to tie the game on a 3-point attempt by Cole Taylor in the final seconds.

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