The Wolverines defeated the Chaminade Eagles 58-47 on the road, in Harvard-Westlake’s final game of the first round of Mission League opponents.
Several intriguing story lines, most notably the first high school matchup between highly touted freshmen Cassius Stanley ’19 and 6 foot 11 Makur Maker ’19.
Without leading scorer, Josh Hauser ’16, who is nursing an ankle injury he suffered against Crespi, the Eagles would have to heavily rely on the size of Maker to carry them in this one.
As expected, Maker scored six of Chaminade’s first nine points, including two slam dunks. But Stanley would not let Maker’s size determine the outcome. Stanley also had six first quarter points, including a dunk of his own. At the end of one quarter, the score was tied at 12.
During the second quarter, Cameron Jones ’18 scored his first varsity points after getting called up from the junior varsity team last week. The second quarter was essentially a dunking clinic led by Maker and Stanley, with The Cage enjoying every moment of it, including cheering for the opposing Stanley every time he displayed his high flying act.
Despite the early heroics of Stanley, the Wolverines only led the Eagles 24-23 at the end of the first half of play.
To begin the third quarter, Ali Iken ’17 spurred his own offense, starting the half with his own 7-0 run. He scored 11 of his 14 points in the quarter. With the aid of Iken and the momentous second half play of Wolfgang Novogratz ’16, the Wolverines led the Eagles 43-36 entering the final quarter.
Stanley, along with Henry Vogel ’16, who had all four of his points in the fourth quarter, managed to hold the lead and propel the Wolverines to a 58-47 victory.
Stanley finished the game with 26 points, Iken ended with 14 and Novogratz had 7.
The win moves Harvard-Westlake to 15-5 overall and 3-3 in Mission League play.
The Wolverines will continue their schedule on Wed. at Crespi at 7 p.m., who defeated Harvard-Westlake 77-75 on Jan. 6 in overtime.