The Wolverines suffered their third consecutive Mission League defeat at the hands of the Alemany Warriors 61-56.
Coming into the game, Alemany was on a three game winning streak, after defeating Notre Dame and Chaminade in league play, along with a non-league victory over San Diego powerhouse St. Augustine in the Sierra Canyon Shootout.
The Wolverines came into the game headed in a completely opposite direction, they had lost their previous two games in heartbreaking fashion, two consecutive losses to Crespi and Notre Dame.
The game began with sloppy play on both sides, and the scoring coming relatively easily with weak defense and several fast break opportunities. The squads traded three point baskets and layups throughout the first period, but carried by Cassius Stanley ’19 and Wolfgang Novogratz ’16, who each had seven points, the Wolverines led the Warriors 22-15.
During the second quarter, Novogratz and Stanley were aided by the bench, including Henry Vogel ’16, who had two three pointers during the first half. At the half, the Wolverines maintained their lead, outscoring Alemany 39-33.
Throughout the third quarter, the Wolverines and the Warriors went back-and-forth, much to the delight of the Fanatics. At the end of three, the score was all tied up at 47.
However, when push came to shove for Harvard-Westlake, Alemany’s experience, size and three-point shooting were too much for the home team to handle.
The Warriors defeated the Wolverines 61-56. Harvard-Westlake has not beaten Alemany since 2013.
Novogratz and Stanley led the scoring with 21 and 18 apiece. DJ McDonald ’18, Brandon Davis ’17 and Will Picketts ’16 had the most points for the Warriors, with 17, 14 and 13 respectively.
The only consolation for the Wolverines was that they held McDonalds All-American Game Nominee, Shac Dawkins ’16 to only six points.
Harvard-Westlake dropped to 12-5 overall and 0-3 in the Mission League. They will try yet again to claim their first league victory when the play at St. Francis on Fri. at 7 p.m.