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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The Westwood High School basketball team continues to thrive during this 2016-2017 season, as the Wolverines (13-3) took down TVL rival Holliston last Tuesday night in convincing fashion, 71-39, followed by a 53-50 win over Millis on Friday night.
Junior forward Reed Wilson led the way for the Wolverines against Holliston, netting 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the winning effort.
Westwood jumped all over the Panthers (11-2) right from the start, as the Wolverines went on a 17-2 run to begin the game and entered the second quarter up by 15.The Wolverines continued to hammer away in quarter two, thanks in large part to the incredible three-point shooting of Tim “Buckets” Giovino, allowing Westwood to continue their offensive onslaught and extend their lead to 39-15 at the half.
After the first time these two school met back in December (a 75-71 win for Holliston), the Westwood boys knew that they had to come out firing on all cylinders in the second half and not allow Holliston to creep back into the game. The Wolverines had to put Holliston away early, and they did, outscoring the Panthers 32-16 in the second half. Reed Wilson continued to be a beast down in the paint on both ends of the floor for Westwood, all while senior captain Aidan Fitzgibbon and junior Nick Anderson caused turnover after turnover with incredible defensive pressure.
The win over Holliston put the Wolverines at 9-3 in conference play, and just a game behind Holliston for first place in the TVL heading into Friday’s matchup with Millis.
Tim Giovino netted 16 points for Westwood on Friday evening in a fourth quarter comeback victory for the Wolverines over the Mohawks.
At the time of print, the Wolverines will look to continue their winning ways against Medfield on February 10 before traveling to Norton on February 13.