By Robbie Goodrich
#5 Ranked Weaver boy’s basketball continued to assert itself as one of the elite high school basketball programs in the state. On two consecutive nights, the Beavers beat a young but talented Northwest Catholic (85-56) and rival Windsor (11-4) 71-58 to move to 14-2. Jaecee and Chaylyn Martin continue to add depth to their historic careers, and both scored 19 points to lead their team in what Chaylyn called a “bittersweet” victory.
Why was it bittersweet? Well, this was the last time Weaver and Windsor will play a regular season CCC game against each other because the CCC has decided to move on without Weaver. When asked about beating Windsor Chaylyn Martin said, “Windsor is a good program and we went out on top but it’s a bittersweet thing.”
His brother Jaecee continued, “Windsor is one of my favorite schools to play against, they always bring great firepower against us.” He added, “Coach Smith is a great coach and that was a great game against them tonight.” Windsor coach Ken Smith, who has over 500 wins presented Weaver coach Reggie Hatchett with a plaque and acknowledged the work Hatchett has done to add to the Weaver legacy in just four short years as the Weaver head coach. Coach Hatchett said, “This is such a beautiful rivalry.” He continued, “Coach Smith is such class act, his teams always play hard and even on supposed down years he gets a lot from all of his players.” He added, “it's bittersweet for me as well, its one of the greatest honors of my coaching career.”
The game opened tight with Weaver holding a slight edge after one 18-17. The start of the second quarter saw Weaver go on a 7-0 run. Chaylyn Martin worked to score nine of his 19 points in the second quarter. Weaver would hold a 35-25 lead at the half. Chaylyn Martin finished with 19 points, six rebounds, and three blocks.
Windsor battled back in the third and tied the game at 49-49. Donovan Austin and George Gamble led the Warriors with 12 and 22 points respectively. The Austin and Gamble duo played inspired ball but that alone wouldn’t be enough to combat the size and strength of Weaver’s frontcourt.
Weaver out muscled and out hustled Windsor. The fourth quarter was physical. Both JaQaun Williams and Andre Lyons rebounded, defended and scored with a mean streak most teams in the state haven’t seen or will be able to stop. The 6’5 Williams finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds and the 6’6 Lyons scored 10, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 3 monstrous blocks. Lyons also had two dunks in the fourth that put an exclamation mark on a 22-9 quarter and their 71-58 victory.