WARRIORS BASKETBALL NEWS
Eugene and Joey are All-Stars
Dynamic Duo Dominates Stats for Dade County
Teammates Joey Jou and Eugene Joseph were recently featured in the Miami Herald Sports Section for appearing in the top of the scoring and rebounding charts for Dade County. Eugene finished his senior season as the second leading scorer in Dade County with a 26.2 points per game average. This includes a Career-High 42-points in the Holiday Hoopfest Tournament while also having 8 games during the season of 30-or more points. Joey wasn’t far behind, totaling 15.9 points per game (top 15 in Dade County)while having a team-leading 17 double-doubles during his senior season.
Eugene also earned the distinction of being the “Leading Rebounder in Dade County” with an average of 14-rebounds per contest. His natural ability to anticipate and react to the ball along with an incredible gift of athletism were too much for opponents in the paint this season. Joey finished a close 3rd, totaling 12.2 rebounds per game while displaying a rare combination of natural God-given ability and hard work. Joey’s relentless efforts on the glass and unselfish play propelled him to the top echelon of Dade County’s elite players and also guided the Warriors throughout the year.
This season was a rare treat for our Warriors, as having two dominant players in the trenches is very hard to find and a true blessing. These two young men have grown in the program since joining the Warrior family for the freshmen year and have blossomed into Dade County’s Finest.
1st. Round District Tournament
Our Warriors fought off the early-game jitters to take command of the game midway through quarter number 1, and quickly built a comfortable lead against Marathon High. Shelby knocked-down a few 3-pointers to help spread the floor while Joey worked the baseline to get create easy looks for his teammates. Joey’s unselfish play this season has been a real blessing to the Warrior team, his ability to create for others while also being a focal-point of the offense is a very important trait that few posses.
The second half was another dominant one for the Warriors; as they blew open the game with stifling man-to-man defense and full court pressure. Everyone got into the 3-point spirit as well, as Angel, Ty,and Matthew all hit from long range, while Brandon nailed two of his own to go along with some tough drives to the hoop. Shelby finished the game with 4 3’s while Eugene drained 4 of his own, resulting in 15 3-pointers for our Warriors. Their understanding of spreading the floor and playing team-basketball carried them throughout the season and helped fuel the lopsided win.
Westwood 79 - Marathon 60
Eugene Joseph hits 1K !!!
A special Congratulations to Senior Eugene Joseph for surpassing the 1,000 point mark for a high school career. Eugene has attended Westwood since his freshman year and is currently the captain of the Varsity Team. He leads the county in scoring with 25.7ppg along with 13.5rpg. and 3blks. An honor that few have achieved at Westwood Christian, Eugene will now take his place amongst the Warrior-Elite.
Warriors vs. Marathon High
Our Warriors traveled South to the Keys for a game against Marathon High. Knowing the type of atmosphere and officiating that we would receive, we came out strong-willed and with composure. Sticking with the gameplan led to a first quarter outburst that would sustain throughout the game. Freshman James Ametepe got the party started with a top-level defensive play while in the full-court press.
He stripped the opposing point guard and slammed-down a thunderous dunk that rocked the Marathon players and helped begin the rout. James continues to make strides every single game and has developed into a solid contributor in his first season. Our bench play was another bright spot for the team as Angel brought defensive effort and long-range shots while Josh provided down-low defense and smart decisions.
Once again, the "little things" that players do for the Warriors are a major reason to our overall success and continue to be a major strong-point of the team. The second half blowout got under-way within only a few minutes, as our Warriors put-to-rest any thought of a comeback. Marathon had no answer for the defense nor for Eugene, who led with a game-high 28 points and 15 rebounds.
Warriors vs. Ransom
Avenging a loss in last season's match-up against Ransom Everglades was definitely on the minds of our Warriors. It showed early on, as our pressure-D was in full affect and propelled us to an early lead. Knowing we were the more dominant team did not stop our Warriors from attacking the opponent's zone and finding gaps for easy buckets.
Although Ransom was called for several unsportsmanlike fouls, our boys maintained their composure and cooly eliminated any threat they posed. Our interior defense left few chances for the opposition to score near the paint, forcing them into outside shots and allowing our Warriors to get out on the break. Holding them to under 30% from the field while also out-rebounding Ransom by double-digits led to another solid display and put the Warriors a notch above Ransom.
A total team effort in this one led to the victory. Eugene paced our Warriors with a game-high 26 points to go along with 13 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Westwood 73- Ransom 62
Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest
Our Warriors traveled across the State to compete in the Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest hosted by Golden Gate High, in Naples Fl with high expectations and lofty goals. Battling against top-notch competition from throughout the Country is a challenge we have looked forward to all season. Our first match-up was against Ensworth High out of Tennessee, and featured plenty of exciting plays. Missing a few key players did not stop our team from performing at a high-level as we competed for four quarters at a very high pace. Eugene led the way with a game-high 24-points & 11 boards while Freshman James Ametepe had his best game of the season, totaling 17 points and 7 rebounds. His presence was a much-needed boost for the team, and James seems to be getting more acclimated with every minute he plays. His potential and desire are off the charts, and his recent development has been a nice lift for the team.
Game 2 was against a hometown favorite Lely High, out of Naples Fl. Our Warriors "went to work" right from the opening tap, with Angel Knocking-down a 3-pointer followed by a tough mid-range J in traffic. Angel's defense was on point as well, as he hustled for loose balls and "moved his feet" while in the halfcourt zone. The game went back-and-forth all night long, with our Warriors keeping pace behind good ball-movement and smart decision-making. Spreading the court and finding the open-man became the theme for our team down the stretch, as our Warriors forced overtime. Slashing through the lane and converting at the rim became Joey's "go-to" move in the game, as he awoke from his slumber for another strong effort on both ends of the floor. Joeys effort helped push the pace and combined with the all-around game of Shelby made a huge impact. Shelby calmly knocked-down a big three pointer and followed it up with some nice moves in traffic and converted a tough 3-point play when we needed it most. Although our Warriors came up short in this contest, they proved to be up to the challenge.
Game3 for our boys featured a match-up with Community School of Naples. Our Warriors were eager for the win and it showed early on. Eugene put the team on his back and carried them throughout quarter number one, scoring all 10 of our points. He slashed through the lane and converted with ease while also bringing his defensive abilities to the table as well, with a game-high 6 steals. Eugene continued his offensive onslaught in the second half as well, scoring 10 points in both the 2nd & 3rd quarters. The rest of the team spread the offense around evenly and made the key free throws needed to seal the victory late in the game. Eugene finished with a season-high 42-points and propelled our Warriors to the hard-fought win.
Final Score: Westwood 68 - Community School 67
Christmas in the Kennel Championship Game
Our Warriors advanced to the Championship game after a gritty performance in the semis. Having Eugene and Shelby back in the lineup provided a much-needed boost to the team and gave us the confidence needed for the big game. The teams exchanged leads throughout the first half, neither being able to separate themselves by more than 5 points. A few key 3-point shots for our Warriors kept the game tight. The 3rd quarter belonged to Eugene, as he "took the game over" with an array of moves around the basket. Spinning through traffic, going up and over defenders, slashing through the lane, were just some of the plays Eugene was providing. His 17-points in the period were a season-high for a quarter and propelled the Warriors to a slim lead. Our boys were able to convert at the free throw line down the stretch and managed to squeak out the victory!
Capturing the Championship in the Christmas in the Kennel Tournament is just another milestone for our Warriors this season and helped get them get into the Christmas spirit before our next tournament. Eugene Joseph was awarded the Tournament MVP after his season-high 33- points, 10-rebounds, 3-block performance.
Our Warriors also competed in the "Skills Competition" held at Berean Christian and came away with several awards. Senior Angel Padron "set the night on fire" from behind the arch and captured the 3-point championship in dramatic fashion. Hew blew away the competition when he caught-fire and knocked-down almost every shot. Sophomore Shelby Osceola stepped up to the free throw line and walked away with the title, converting all his attempts at the line. Sophomore Matthew Mejias was named to the All-Tournament team after knocking-down a number of big shots throughout the weekend and Senior Eugene Joseph was crowned Tournament MVP. His 33-points in the championship game were a tournament high and a season high for himself as well.
Warriors compete in the 9th annual Christmas in the Kennel Holiday Tournament
Our Warriors stumbled out of the block against a stingy Boca High team that was firing on all cylinders early on. Their opponents knocked down several long-range bombs that put our Warriors in an early double-digit deficit midway through quarter number 1. But as "true warriors" do, our guys dug deep and put the clamps down on Boca with our patented full court pressure. Forcing turnovers on consecutive possessions and converting them into baskets became the theme of the second period. Our Warriors responded with a flurry of aggressive, heady plays, bringing the score back to even heading into the halftime break.
With a few key starters out of the game, we knew it would take a total-team-effort to come away with a victory. Freshmen James Amepete having his first start of the season, responded with his best game so far, grabbing boards on the offensive glass and finishing at the rim while also showing his improved range by knocking down a 3-pointer as well. The 3-point shot became our best friend in the second half as our Warriors nailed some tough, back-breaking shots late in the contest. Angel came off the bench with a huge spark once again, drilling a team-high 4 3's.
His boost offensively was a major lift that the team needed late in the game. Sophomore Matthew Mejias saved his best for last, and banged-down three straight 3-point daggers which literally demoralized the opposition late in the contest. Having quality play from the entire team was a huge confidence builder for our Warriors and propelled them into the championship game.
Westwood 76- Boca 72Game Recap
Shelby Osceola - Player of the Month
Shelby Osceola is the Player of the Month for Westwood Christian High School. A sophomore who starts on the boys’ varsity basketball team, he currently has a 2.7 GPA. His attitude and desire have been a huge Blessing to the team and school.
Warriors Win Thriller in Overtime
Our Warriors jumped on a bus and headed through the Everglades on a two-hour ride into Naples to face First Baptist Academy. FBA is looking to contend for a title this season and posed a very big challenge to our ballclub. Having to bounce back from an emotional loss the night before just added to the many obstacles needed to overcome.
Needless to say, our Warriors once again rose to the challenge! Playing their best "team-basketball" game and fighting through all the adversities proved to be a great "step" for the team. Our boys bonded together and battled tooth-and-nail with their opponents for a full game with neither club giving an inch. Neither team could hold onto their lead, as the game's momentum swayed back and forth. Late in the contest, with the game still up for grabs, Freshmen James Amepete literally "rose to the challenge" with some game-saving blocked shots. His presence continued to be felt on the team and his desire permeated to his teammates throughout.
Every player settled into their role for this game, which proved to be the difference. Senior's Joey Jou & Eugene Joseph showed their value in this one, each setting new season-highs in points while also grabbing double-digit boards. Joey finished the contest with 22-points, 11-rebounds, 3-blocks, while Eugene finished with a game-high 32-points, 12-rebounds, 3-steals, 3-blocks. This Dynamic Duo once again showed why they are considered the best One-Two punch in Dade County.
Westwood-67 - FBA-65 OT
Westwood puts a Beat-Down on GMAC
Our Warriors withstood the early-game attack of Greater Miami and calmly took command of the game within the first few minutes of play. The veteran savvy play of Joey and Eugene helped pave the way early-on with solid defensive efforts and good board-work. The Warriors settled down offensively, spread the floor, and systematically broke-down their opponents.
Brandon had another impressive game with good defense and timely passes to go along with 20-points. His young backcourt teammate Ty Pierre, did major damage as well. Ty slashed through the zone and converted several tough layups in traffic and also showed his perimeter game with 3 3-point daggers. Ty finished the contest with a game-high 23-points to go along with 6 assists and 5 steals.
Shelby and Mathew played a big part in the victory as well, with timely buckets and smart plays throughout. Our Warriors continue to "climb up the mountain" towards their goals of becoming champions once again and are enjoying the ride along the way with dominant performances.
Westwood 75- GMAC 52
The Future is Here!
Our Warrior Family welcomes two new additions in Freshmen Emmanuel Dowuona and James Ametepe. Their spirit and discipline have been a huge blessing to the team and their potential brings hope for the future as well.
Warriors vs. Miami Community Charter
After returning home from a successful trip during their break from school, the Warriors came our with their vaunted "pressure D" and simply overwhelmed their opponents. Forcing turnovers and converting them into easy buckets was the theme in this game, as we raced-out to a commanding lead in the first quarter.
Back-court teammates Brandon & Ty applied the pressure and combined for 10 steals and 17 assists, while Angel came off the bench to bring "energy" and a much-needed push offensively. Angel's key defensive block out on the perimeter spurred a defensive push for our Warriors and helped lead to the rout.
Eugene continued his torrid start of the season with a game-high 32points. He finished with a sizzling 14-for-17 from the field to go along with 15 rebounds and 4 assists. His dominance continues to be on full-display with ever contest. Sophomore Ty Pierre also had his best game of this young season with a complete effort on both ends of the floor. His ability to get into the lane and create for others was a major plus and resulted in numerous easy baskets for his teammates. Freshmen James Ametepe came off the bench and chipped-in with 8-points and 7-rebounds.
Westwood 76 - Miami Community Charter 28
Warriors Travel to the Big House
Our Warriors headed out of town for this Thanksgiving weekend to participate in an annual Thanksgiving Day Tournament held in Central Florida. Playing against out of county foes was a nice challenge for the weekend, and gave our players an opportunity to face a different style of basketball than what they are accustomed to.
Our Warriors rose to the occasion and battled like true champions in both contests. Brandon Molina led the way in game one with a team-high 17 points to go along with four steals and four assists. His determination to get to the basket and relentless approach, led to his best game of the season so far.
Senior Angel Padron came off the bench and provided a big lift with his defense and hustle as well. Angel had two nice blocks along the perimeter and defended his opponent with the type of attitude necessary to be successful.
Eugene was up to his old tricks again with several slashes to the basket and double-digit rebounding, for his fifth straight game producing a double-double. Joey wasn't too far behind, grabbing 10 rebounds himself to go along with four blocks and four assists. The full-court pressure remained constant and effective in this game as our warriors managed to pull away and defeat Lake Mary High.
In Game 2, our Young Warriors battled versus a UBD institute out of Australia. The game featured back-and-forth action with neither team being able to hold onto a substantial lead. Our pressure defense stifled the opponents through much of the contest but the team from Australia would not quit. Eugene sparked us offensively with another big game totaling a game-high 28 points 14 rebounds and five block shots.
Joey got the party started actually by coming up with four blocks within the first two minutes of the game. His defense intensity and willingness to get on the boards and be involved in every play kept us in this game throughout. Joey finished with 10 points 11 rebounds and five blocks to help dominate the interior for our warriors. Although that would not be enough to pull out the victory, our Warriors battled like true champions throughout the contest.
Eugene Joseph Selected "Athlete of the Week"
Senior Eugene Joseph was selected as "athlete of the week" by the Miami Herald. Eugene totaled 50pts. / 30rbs. / 11 blks. in two victories over Dade Christian and Palmer Trinity to begin the season.
Warriors Battle Orlando Christian Prep
The Warriors faced their biggest challenge so far in this early season with a match-up against State Champion Orlando Christian Prep. O.C.P. has dominated the state of Florida like few have done and this opportunity was too good to waste for our Warriors. We took the challenge like true champions, dueling with the opposition right from the jump. Trading baskets throughout the first half in this up-tempo game, our Warriors battled tooth-and-nail.
Eugene led the charge with his "usual" dominant performance. He led the way with a team-high 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Eugene continues to mature into his role as "leader" and was on full display in this one. "Eugene lives for these moments, and he always steps up" Coach Amat.
The second half continued with more up-and-down action and a pace that was perfect for our Warriors in their upset bid. Shelby and Joel manned the interior against much larger opponents but their hard-work and attention to boxing-out paid big dividends for the Warriors. Brandon knocked down back-to-back long range bombs to help keep us at bay late in the contest as well as solid contributions from Ty and Mathew helped keep us in the ballgame until the very end. Our Warriors played like true champions in this one and their effort and discipline were on display which led to an exciting contest and one that will only propel us to new heights down the road.
Warriors defeat Palmer
Facing their first District opponent of the season, our Young Warriors raced out to an insurmountable lead by halftime (18-3). Another strong defensive performance led to the early season rout against Palmer. Eugene had another stellar performance with a game-high 25 points to go along with 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. His ability to change the flow of the game with defensive plays, has helped make him into a special player this season and a dominant force in Dade County.
Sophomore Shelby Osceola played another very effective game, knocking-down 3's and manning-the-middle with heads-up plays and smart defensive rotations. Shelby's maturity and on-court decisions on both ends of the floor, has given the team a much needed boost.. Our Warriors continue to prove that they are the "Class-Act" in their district for yet another season and have their sites set on defending their title.
Final Score: Westwood 40 - Palmer 30
Warriors defeat Dade Christian in Home Opener
Our Warriors jumped out to a commanding lead midway through the opening quarter, relying on their vaunted defensive pressure and up-tempo pace.Eugene got the party started with some excellent "reads" while manning the press. His ability to read-and-react while also converting at the rim, was simply too much for Dade Christian to handle.
The other seniors got into the action as well led by Joey's double-double (14pts 11rbs) and some solid play from guard Brandon Molina. Brandon got his hands in the passing lanes on numerous occasions, disrupting the opposition's offense and forcing turnovers.
The "young-guns" were a big impact in this opening-night victory as well, with all three sophomores playing a major role. Shelby's work in the paint on both ends of the floor, was a huge boost for our Warriors (11pts 7 rbs) as was the play of back-court teammates Mathew & Ty. Their effort and desire to play their "roles" was a big difference in the contest.
Senior Eugene Joseph paced the Warriors with a game-high 25pts.15rbs. 5blk. while combining with Senior Joey Jou in creating a "Dynamic-Duo", that was simply too much to handle.
Final Score: Westwood 73 - Dade Christian 35
Warriors participated in the annual "Walk for a Cure"
Our Warriors participated in the annual Walk for a Cure earlier this month. Their fundraising and efforts were on display as they participated as a team in this event to help raise awareness for Cancer.