March to Macon continues for Westover Patriots

Westover Patriots hit the road for Final Four
Westover Patriots hit the road for Final Four(Source: WALB)
Published: Mar. 3, 2022 at 10:35 PM EST
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Westover boys are back in the final four for the second straight year. They’re also the only southwest Georgia team still alive in the postseason.

The Westover Patriots are dancing in March.

After holding off a late rally by Jefferson in the Elite Eight, the Pats are still in business.

The 4-A Region 1 Champs are hitting the road for the first time this postseason, but they’re a team that’s just as dominant outside of the Boston Garden with a 13-2 away record.

As they travel to Fort Valley State for the semi-final, they’re looking to post their statement win against McDonough Friday night. The Warhawks are a team with several players averaging double-digit points per game and often out rebound their opponents.

Head Coach Dallis Smith said it’s all about maintaining their energy in the second half.

”It’s going to be real important,” said Smith. “In the last two games, we have a lackadaisical coming out of halftime and we can’t afford to do that playing a team McDonough. So dealing with them, and especially our kids you gotta be able to turn it up on defense. Like I tell them, we’re doing everything by committee, there’s not one guy that we’re really relying on and counting on.”

For the seniors, it’s about redemption.

”We’re very excited, nothing new,” said Effrin Smith a senior power forward.

Effrin added, “We’re used to it from last year. We’re a team, nothing new, keep working hard. We need to play the third and fourth quarter like it’s the first half. Just play hard.”

Keshay Walton a senior shooting guard echoed coach Smith saying they need a stronger second-half performance, “The thing about last year when we lost in the final four and need to redeem ourselves this year. We’re just going to make it tough and just keep our mind closed until game time.”

The Patriots take on McDonough Friday night at 8p at Fort Valley State.

WALB Sports will have all the highlights and reactions from Columbus.

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