BELL BUCKLE -- The Webb Middle School boys basketball team picked up a first-round win in the MTAC tournament on Tuesday afternoon.
Webb capitalized on balanced scoring to pull away for the 37-20 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round.
Wes Watson knuckled down on defense and allowed Webb to convert some key early turnovers into points on the board.
Foes fight back
After the first quarter, Webb held a 10-4 advantage, but was soon hit with struggles on both ends of the floor.
Western Kentucky's Max Niles used his size advantage to help cut into Webb's advantage throughout the second quarter. The Trailblazers cut the Webb lead to four points when Kent Harlan hit a shot at the buzzer, sending both teams to the locker room with the score at 16-12.
Following the intermission, Webb found its groove and used it's balanced offense and solid defense to push the lead out to 13 points. Webb added 10 more in the fourth to put the game away and secure its trip to the quarterfinal round of the tournament.
"We came out and got to the basket and gave them a tough time with our pressure. The second quarter we just couldn't finish and they were winning the rebounding battle. We settled down in the second half and got some easy baskets in transition," said Webb coach James Garcia.
Webb will take to the court in its next game of the tournament at Mt. Juliet where they will face the Middle Tennessee Heat.
W KY 4 8 2 6 -- 20
Webb 10 6 11 10 -- 37
Webb: Ethan Dolan 8, Wes Watson 8, Jack North 6, Hayden Weeks 4, Tripp Mifflin 3, Ethan Cocanougher 2, Luke Garland 2, Ian Reyes 2, Jack Batey 1, Wallace Fee 1.
W KY: Max Niles 8, Kent Harlan 4, Thomas Hammerstone 4, Brian Harlan 2, Tyce Peters.
Halftime score: Webb 16, W KY 12.