By Dave Brousseau
FORT LAUDERDALE – Stephan Swenson wasn’t about to let this opportunity slip through his hands.
The senior guard scored the winning basket with a lay-up with 3.1 seconds left in regulation to defeat University School 64-62 in the nightcap of the BoxScoreReport Shootout at Westminster Academy on Saturday.
“Coach told me to hold the ball until there was five seconds left to get the play for the win,” said Swenson. “This means a lot. We lost the first game with them on a turnover and a dunk.
To get the win was big.”
Swenson scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, including eight in the third quarter.
“We put the ball in Steph’s hands because he wanted the ball,” said Westminster Academy coach Ehren Walhoff. He’s a senior and he’s one of our leaders and he wanted it. “
The Lions (11-4) lost the first meeting against the University 53-51 in the Kreul Showcase in early December on a turnover and a Sharks dunk at the buzzer.
Jett Howard had a big night for the Sharks that forced Westminster to keep battling back. Howard finished with a game-high 26 points.
“Our guys are battle test because we have played a tough schedule,” said Walhoff. “We played the first game of the year and it was a tough loss.”
University School coach Ron Oliver took the loss in stride
“They are a good team,” said Oliver on Westminster. “It was possession basketball and overall in was a great game. This time it went their way.”
Ben Middlebrooks added 19 points and Caleb Muller 14 points for Westminster. Roger McFarlane finished with 12 points for University.
WESTMINSTER ACADEMY 66, UNIVERSITY SCHOOL 64
US (11-4): Ethridge 1-0-2, Grant 2-3-8, Ja. Howard 3-0-6, Je. Howard 9-1-25, Carey 2-0-4, McFarlane 5-0-12, Ta. Hendricks 0-6-06.
WA (11-4): Boynton 1-2-4, Swenson 6-4-16, Middlebrooks 6-6-19, Muller 3-5-13, Abell 6-0-13.
3-pointers: Middlebrooks, Muller, Abell, J. Howard. Half: US 31-30.
SURGE CHRISTIAN 75, SUNCOAST 72: Jordan Saevage scored a team-high 22 points to lead the Wolfpack. Khalil Shaheed added 22 points for the winners.
The Chargers were led by Evan Stinson with 22 points sand Samuel Rolle with 21 points.
SC (10-5): Berrian 2-2-6, Shaheed 8-3-22, Wicks 2-1-5, Daniel 2-0-4, Paulino 1-0-2, Miranda 4-0-11, Saevage 9-3-26.
S (6-9): Green 1-0-2, Rolle 6-9-21 Wells 3-0-6, Barnes 2-5-10, Thornton 2-1-6, Peterson 2-2-6, Stinson 9-1-22.
3-pointers: Shaheed 3, Miranda 3, Stinson 3, Barnes, Thornton. Half: SC 34-27.