Bombers win again late

HUNTINGTON – Wells, Wells, Wells.
For the second straight game, Westfield junior Devin Wells came through in the clutch.
Wells hit the game-winner, a 6-foot jumper in the lane late in the game Friday night as Westfield rallied past host Putnam 58-56.
Putnam roared out of the gate with a 14-2 lead, and led by six after the second and third quarters.
“The pressure really bothered us,” Westfield coach Bill Daley said. “But we settled it down.”
Westfield went on an 8-2 run to end the game.
D.J. Florek hit a putback for Westfield to tie the game at 56-56. Then Wells (13 points, 8 rebounds) worked his late-game heroics again scoring on a set play.
On Tuesday, Wells hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. He finished with a game-high 17 points that night to help Westfield defeat Taconic 78-75. Also in that game, Joe Meade made his season debut in the second half, and still finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Meade picked right up where he left off Tuesday. The 6-7 senior forward-center recorded a double-double Friday night, scoring 19 points and hauling down 12 boards.
Westfield’s Justin Crosby finished with 13 points.
“It’s a good win on the road,” coach Daley said. “(Putnam’s) a good team.”
Billy Smith had eight points for Westfield, Florek finished with four, and Bobby Paul had one.
Westfield improved to 2-1 with the victory. The Bombers will enjoy a short break before hosting Central next Wednesday.
“They’re arguably the best team in Western Mass.,” Daley said of the Golden Eagles. “We will see what we can do from here.”
In other boys’ basketball games, Gateway hosted Granby and Southwick traveled to Renaissance. No scores were reported prior to press time Friday evening. Also, Westfield hockey hosted West Springfield.

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