Campbell Back In The Win Column, Holds Off Westminster 57-51
On Saturday, the Campbell Spartans boys basketball team hosted the Westminster Wildcats in a non-region match-up as the Spartans looked to bounce back from their region loss to Pebblebrook on Friday, while the Wildcats, coming off a region win over Hapeville Charter, looked to keep some momentum. While Campbell led majority of the night, the game would be filled with several momentum swings as Westminster would seemingly respond to every run the Spartans would make.
By the end of the first quarter, the Spartans led 12-10 and would open the second quarter on a quick 5-0 run to take a 17-12 lead, however, the Wildcats would answer back by outscoring Campbell 15-12 to get the quarter going, taking a 25-24 lead, their first lead of the night, but the Spartans would close out the period just as they started it with a 5-0 run and close out the half with a 29-25 lead. The Wildcats would in turn win the third quarter, but would only outscore Campbell 12-10 in the period, thus would still trail by two points heading into the fourth quarter.
And in the final period of play, the two teams continued to exchange blows as the momentum swings persisted nearly to the final seconds of the game despite the Spartans going up by as many as seven points when they took a 54-47 lead after a Sharif Mosley three point basket. However, with under a minute to go, the Wildcats would get within two points of Campbell, but being forced to foul Spartans’ players late, Westminster would fall 57-51.
“Well I thought it was pretty good” Campbell head coach James Gwyn said of his Spartans bounce back win in response to their loss on Friday night. “We shot the ball well tonight too and I thought it was good after a tough loss last night to a really good team. Sometimes these games can come and you can kind of be flat and down, emotionally down and I thought we kind of stepped it up mentally,” Gwyn said of how his players performed in Saturday’s win. Campbell will return to region play on Friday when they travel to Carrollton and look to complete the regular season series sweep.