NORTH JUDSON — Sometimes, you just have to believe.
Down 50-38 to No. 5 Hammond Bishop Noll early in the fourth quarter of Saturday afternoon’s Class 2A North Judson Regional semifinal contest, things were not looking too good for Westview.
But Westview rallied for a 75-64 double-overtime victory over Noll to advance to tonight’s regional final against Winamac, a 70-60 winner over Woodlan in the morning semifinal.
Westview junior center Chandler Aspy was a force, leading all scorers with 24 points.
Aspy left the game briefly in the fourth quarter after taking a shot from a Noll player and receiving a cut above his left eye. After a trip to the training room for a bandage and a fresh jersey, Aspy was back on the court.
All in a day’s work, the Westview standout said with a smile as a North Judson trainer patched him up after the game.
“It was a fist, or an elbow, or something,” Aspy said. “I just wanted to get back out there.”
Better rebounding was the key to Westview’s late rally, Aspy said.
“We were letting them get too many offensive rebounds,” Aspy said.
Westview coach Rob Yoder said his experienced team kept its cool as it tried to make things click against Noll.
“We knew we had to start making some plays against a really good team,” Yoder said.
Yoder could not say enough about Aspy’s effort.
“He was a warrior out there for us today,” Yoder said. “That’s exactly how we want everyone in our program to play.“
After an early 7-6 advantage, Westview (22-4) did not lead in the contest until the first possession of the first overtime.
Noll (21-4) led 14-9 at the first stop, and Westview trailed by 10 at one point in the second before rallying to cut it to 26-21 at intermission.
Leading 33-30 midway through the third, Noll closed the period with an 8-2 run to lead 41-32 with eight minutes to play.
With just over six minutes left in regulation, Noll led 50-38. But Westview closed regulation with a 15-3 run to force overtime.
Neither team could find much offense in the first extra period, which ended tied at 56.
Westview, however, took charge in the second overtime, opening with an 8-2 spurt for a 64-58 lead.
That was the difference in the contest, according to first-year Noll coach Josh Belluomini.
“When they got up by six, we had to start taking quick shots to try to get back into it,” Belluomini said. “That took us out of our game.”
In addition to Aspy’s 24 points, Westview got 15 from Judah Zickafoose and
14 apiece from Jordyn Bontrager and Jamar Weaver.
Noll was led by Larry Crisler with 23 points.
NORTH JUDSON — Sometimes, you just have to believe.
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