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Austin Westlake Vs Johnson HS

The 6A Regional Quarterfinals continued Saturday night when the Johnson Jaguars, led by Kendall Dow and Shane Johnson, clashed with KJ Adams and the Westlake Chaparrals. In what would be a 75-66 final, Saturday’s game featured several lead changes in the 2nd half, multiple runs by both teams, and many standout performances. Probably the most impressive offensive play came from Johnson guard Kendall Dow. The junior guard got it done from everywhere, igniting the slow starting Johnson offense in the 2nd quarter, connecting on several threes and slicing his way through the lengthy Westlake defense utilizing multiple finishes. Senior guard Shane Johnson also had his way with the Westlake defense knocking several shots from behind the arc, including one from 30 feet, bringing the Johnson crowd to euphoric volume as Johnson proved it could battle with the now 27-1 Westlake Chaparrals. Another impressive performance came from senior guard LJ Brown. While his efforts may not always show up in the box score, Brown‘s defensive tenacity challenged Westlake’s point guard Eian Mowat, deflecting passes, causing disruption and making hustle plays.

But it would be the 26-6A champions who would impose their will in the final minutes of the regional quarterfinal. Westlake guard Mowat kicked off the high-powered Chaparral offense by connecting on two early threes in the first quarter as Johnson started the game in zone. Johnson quickly switched to man but the shootout continued as both teams thrived from beyond the arc for the remainder of the half. Although Kansas-commit KJ Adams started off slow, not even touching the ball on the first several Westlake possessions, a few finishes around the rim got him going and he would connect on a pair of dunks, including a lob from Mowat, to make his presence know. Junior forward Nehikhare Igiehon also came off the bench to give Westlake spurts of defensive toughness, grabbing boards, and finishing around the rim. A big who can play with his back to the basket, the 6’7” forward has phenomenal touch around the rim, a lot of bounce, and really plays his role.

In the end, Westlake defeated Johnson 75-66 and the high-powered Westlake Chaparrals will battle 29-6A champs O’Connor Tuesday, March 2nd, at Canyon High School.