SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) — The Westhill boys basketball team will have their hands full on Tuesday when they travel to Bishop Ludden to take on the 10-1 Gaelic Knights. The Warriors will be boasting with confidence as they look for the upset, winning six of their last seven games.
“I like being the underdog,” Zechariah Brown Jr., a Westhill senior, said. “A lot of people don’t have expectations of us winning this game, so we’re just going to go in, play our hardest and try and come out with a win.”
When most teams play Bishop Ludden this year, they will be looked at as the underdog, as the Gaelic Knights only have one loss on the season. However, the Warriors of Westhill will have a lot of confidence on Tuesday, after winning six of their last seven games.
“I think our weakness was chemistry at the beginning of the year, and that’s why we had a rough start,” Liam Sanborn, a Westhill senior, said. “We’re coming together as a team, playing harder and faster, and running the floor better. It’s all coming together.”
Westhill may be the underdog, but that doesn’t mean they are backing down.
Brown Jr. said, “I tell them all the time that, ‘I feel like we can play with anyone, and we just got to get it together.’ When we play good, we can play with anyone in Section III.”
On Tuesday, Westhill will be up against Bishop Ludden’s senior duo of Monte Johnson and Mykell Kaigler.
“That’s like my brother,” Mykell Kaigler said, talking about Monte Johnson. “We hang out a lot and stuff like that, when he sees me, he knows he trusts me to get the shot. We’re basically like a two-header type thing.”
However, the Gaelic Knight offense doesn’t just rely on Johnson and Kaigler.
“I think we really do a good job of sharing the ball,” Bishop Ludden’s head coach Gallagher Driscoll said. “I think our guys understand where our shooters are, just getting the ball out quickly, trying to get odd numbers, trying to get people in scrambles, finding the open guy and knocking shots down.”
Kaigler said, “We share the ball a lot, the open man gets the ball, as coach says. We find the open man, and just trust our teammates, and whatever happens, happens.”
Westhill’s number one priority on Tuesday will be defense, and primarily, slowing down Ludden’s dynamic duo.
“They’re both two good players, we just plan on playing good defense, man-to-man, and whoever wants it more I feel like that’s going to be who wins,” Brown Jr. said.
All the action between the Warriors and the Gaelic Knights can be live streamed on the NewsChannel 9 website or mobile app starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.