“Their penetration really gave us some problems, so we switched to zone, which we aren’t a zone team,” Frick said. “I thought our guys did a great job maintaining their discipline in the zone.”
That discipline allowed just 31 points on the Go-Hawks in the second half despite allowing a couple late deep 3-pointers when the Sabres had the game in hand.
The largest led for the Sabers in the third quarter grew to nine with 4:23 remaining in the quarter, and despite the two-point win, DeWitt never trailed in the second half. The Sabers started the third the same way they closed the second — on another momentous 12-3 run.
One of the big names circled on the scouting report for the Sabers was Go-Hawks guard Jake Velky, who scored 17 points, but Frick believed the his team followed the scouting report.
“He’s just so talented and gifted with what he’s able to do,” Frick said. “He was a challenge, but we did well on him.”
“He’s a tough player to guard,” Bauer said. “You gotta give credit to McClain and Marty, everybody, really; for us to slow him down a little bit, that’s big and really all we needed to do.”
While the guards were assigned to Velky, the big boys had the challenge to Sean Westendorf, the team’s second leading scorer standing at 6-foot-3.
“They did a nice job,” Bauer said. “They’re strong; they’ve developed so much this year, and that’s what the program needs on a state championship run.
Westendorf scored a game-high 19 points, but he had to get most of those from outside the paint. Westendorf, who can be known for sinking a 3-pointer every now and then, sunk five on the Sabers on Thursday.
Those 3-pointers are what kept the Go-Hawks from avoiding a blowout.