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Westminster, HIES, Pace, Weber fall in state first round
by Greg Oshust
February 26, 2013 04:47 PM | 1969 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Nathan Self<br>Westminster’s Joe Bridges shoots a jumper during the Wildcats’ Region 6AA tournament quarterfinal game against Wesleyan earlier this month.
Staff / Nathan Self
Westminster’s Joe Bridges shoots a jumper during the Wildcats’ Region 6AA tournament quarterfinal game against Wesleyan earlier this month.
The season came to an end for a number of local boys’ basketball teams as Westminster, Holy Innocents’, Pace and Weber lost their first-round state tournament games last week.

Westminster (15-13) fell short of advancing in their opening Class AA contest as the Wildcats lost to Model 49-47 last Wednesday.

The Wildcats erased a 47-41 deficit to tie the game on a Harrison Butker jumper with 40 seconds left as they took advantage of four consecutive Model turnovers, but it wasn’t enough at the end.

Robert DeGolian scored 11 points, while Butker and Will Benson added 10 each for Westminster.

Holy Innocents’ (18-8) saw its season end with a 57-49 loss to Excel Christian in a Class A private school first-round game last Saturday.

The defeat ended the Golden Bears’ first trip to the state tournament since 2002.

Darryl Stewart scored 17 points, while Ed Voyles grabbed nine rebounds to lead the way for Holy Innocents’.

Pace (15-12) also went down to defeat as it fell to St. Francis (22-8) 93-74 in first-round Class A private school action last Saturday.

Kobi Simmons led St. Francis with 21 points, while Kaiser Gates added 16 points and Malik Beasley and Jordan Jones had 15 each.

St. Francis will now play W.D. Mohammed, a 49-44 winner over Whitefield, in quarterfinal action on Wednesday.

Weber (14-9) was another local team to be eliminated as it lost to Deerfield-Windsor 73-39 in the first round of the GISA Class A tournament last Thursday.

In AAAA, Marist (23-4) got its quest for the state title off to a strong start with a 71-42 first-round victory over Dalton last Wednesday and a 64-37 win over Shaw last Saturday.

Bobby Perez scored 17 points, while Quinton Stephens and Cameron Wiley added 14 each for the War Eagles, who will play at Columbia in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Region 6AAA champion Woodward (27-5) advanced to the AAA quarterfinals with a 51-39 victory over Dawson County last Wednesday and a 48-39 win over North Murray last Saturday.

The War Eagles will try to earn a spot in the AAA semifinals as they play at Buford in Wednesday.

Joining Woodward in the AAA quarterfinals is St. Pius X (22-8), which advanced with a 47-45 victory over East Hall in the first round last Wednesday and a 51-44 win over Cartersville in the second round last Saturday.

The Golden Lions will play at North Hall in their quarterfinal contest Wednesday.

In AAAAAA, Campbell (16-11) lost to Brunswick 71-53 in its first-round game last Wednesday.

Which team's exit was the most disappointing?

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