Westminster pulls down 73-61 win over Century

Prior, Randall lift Owls, combine for 33 rebounds

Boys basketball

High Schools

December 17, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Westminster forwards Chris Prior and Jarrod Randall gave Century a lesson in the importance of rebounding last night.

Prior had 15 points and 20 rebounds and Randall pitched in with 16 points and 13 rebounds as they ruled the boards and led No. 18 Westminster to a 73-61 victory over visiting Century.

The 6-foot-4 forwards were simply too much for the smaller Century team. Prior, a senior, repeatedly pulled down tough rebounds in traffic. Randall, a junior, did much of the same as both helped the team run its fast break and get numerous second chances on offense.

The pair combined for 33 of the team's 37 rebounds and nearly out-rebounded Century by themselves. The Knights finished with 34 rebounds.

"They were both outstanding tonight," Westminster coach Brett Kanther said. "Chris Prior is the best big man in the county, and they were a little motivated to play."

Westminster (3-0, 2-0 in county) took advantage of the duo's tough play throughout.

Century (1-3, 0-2) got strong shooting from 6-4 forwards Chris Folland (19 points) and Ryan Pauley (17), but the Knights had problems getting rebounding position against the bulkier forwards.

"Westminster is here," Prior said. "This is a brand-new day for Westminster."

Said Randall: "We feed off of each other's energy and positive attitude."

The Owls also took advantage of solid play from several others. Point guard Ryan Carr ran the offense masterfully and kept Westminster in command. He scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, making several key free throws as the Owls held on.

Dan Simmons added 15 points and Brandon Costley had eight, as the Owls' quickness and strong ball-handling skills were evident. Westminster made only 10 turnovers and set the pace from start to finish.

Westminster was in front nearly the entire game - the Knights led for only 17 seconds in the second quarter - and used a 12-2 run in the final three minutes of the first half to take a 38-28 lead at the break.

But Folland and Pauley kept hitting shots and helping Century rally. The Knights cut the Westminster lead to six three times in the fourth quarter and then to five (61-56) with 1:25 left.

But the Owls scored 10 of the next 11 points to seal the victory.

In the end, Century just didn't have an answer for Prior and Randall.

"They're big and strong and ... definitely hurt us," Century coach George Wunder said. "They definitely hurt us."

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