Bishop O’Connell (7-3, Arlington, VA) led wire to wire and forced Westlake (7-4, Atlanta, GA) into just a 26.0 field goal percentage in route to a 61-36 opening round victory.
The Knights slowly moved out to a double-digit lead in the opening half, taking a 30-9 lead into the locker room on a Matt Lewis jumper at the buzzer. Westlake connected on just 3-of-22 from the field in the opening half for a13.6 field goal percentage.
Bishop O’Connell was led by Nate Watson’s 18 points and 11 rebounds while teammate Matt Lewis chipped in with 15 points and 10 boards for the Knights. Chuma Okeke paced Westlake with 15 points and seven rebounds.