By Judd Liebman
Relying on Josh Hearlihy ’12 for most of its offense, the boys’ basketball team beat St. Francis in the league opener at Taper Gym Wednesday. Hearlihy contributed 28 points to the Wolverines’ 63-44 victory over the Golden Knights.
With this win, the Wolverines improved to 12-2 overall.
From tip-off to the final whistle, the Wolverines controlled the tempo of the game. However, the Knights stayed close through halftime, trailing 29-26.
In the third quarter, the Wolverines used their size advantage to stretch out the lead. Although St. Francis’ zone defense did well to control big men Zena Edosomwan ’12 (six points) and Damiene Cain ’11 (11 points and 12 rebounds), the Wolverines finished the third quarter with a 49-38 lead. Much of Harvard-Westlake’s offense came from good perimeter defense disrupting the St. Francis guards. Shooting guard Lewis Dix ’11 led the team with five steals.
In the fourth quarter, the team’s only task was to preserve the lead. The Wolverines stretched out their lead to 19 points by the end of the game.
There was a large contingent of fans in Taper Gym to support the team, including many alumni. The Fanatics led the cheering without incurring any faculty intervention for inappropriate behavior.