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West Middle exploded on a 30-0 to open the game and never looked back, cruising past East Middle. 53-31, at home on Thursday
The Warriors (5-2) held East (1-2) scoreless for nearly eight minutes, and the Missiles finally got on the board with 4:14 remaining in the second quarter.
"I know this is a big rivalry, but we had lost our previous game and needed to come back and redeem ourselves," West Coach Tim Pardee said. "We had about 20 turnovers and shot about 30 percent last time. So I don't think it mattered who we played. We were going to come out and work hard to play better. We started by hitting some shots, and I think it just carried over."
East Coach J.R. Wiley said his team might have gotten a little rattled.
"I think the guys were maybe a little too excited to start the game," Wiley said. "It's not that they weren't ready to play, I think they were a little like deer caught in headlights.
"Maybe if we score early, just break the ice, I believe it could've helped change the attitude. Maybe give us more confidence."
After West jumped out to a 22-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, the two teams played to an even 31-31 score.
"We stopped pressing because we wanted to work on our halfcourt defense and offense," Pardee said. "We know there are teams coming down the line that are going to force us to play halfcourt, so we need to be able to play in the halfcourt and in transition."
Wiley said the slow start and mistakes cost his team the game early on.
"Once we scored a couple of baskets, we settled down," Wiley said. "But by that point the game was pretty much of reach. We have to play smarter and not turn the ball over against a team like West. When you're outmanned, you have play smart and be patient, and we didn't do that."
Myles Rice and Nate Clifton led West with 11 points each, and Austin Perry added 9.
Dylan Thompson led the Missiles with 12 points, and Michael Barry added seven.
East will get another shot at the Warriors, this time on their own court, on Jan. 12.
Pardee said he doesn't expect the same results in January.
"Coach Wiley does a good job over there, and we know they're a tougher team at their place," he said. "I know they'll be much improved, so if we want to try and get the same results, we have continue to work hard and improve as well."