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Boys basketball: Westlake senior Gavin Skelly comes up big with 30 points, 15 rebounds in win over Bay

Westlake senior and Northwestern recruit Gavin Skelly leaps past Bay's Collin DeBarr for a basket Monday in a 75-55 Westlake win. The 6-foot-9 Skelly poured in 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

Westlake senior and Northwestern recruit Gavin Skelly leaps past Bay’s Collin DeBarr for a basket Monday in a 75-55 Westlake win. The 6-foot-9 Skelly poured in 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — To borrow the catchphrase made famous by television chef Emeril Lagasse, Westlake’s Gavin Skelly “kicked it up a notch Monday night.”

The 6-foot-9 senior scored a season-high 30 points to go along with 15 rebounds and two blocked shots as the Demons defeated Bay 75-55 in a non-league game.

Westlake remained perfect at 7-0 while Bay fell to 4-4.

Skelly set the tone on Westlake’s opening possession, draining a 3-pointer from in front of the Bay bench, and he didn’t stop scoring until Demons coach Shawn Hood took him out with the game in hand midway through the fourth quarter.

“I left Gavin in a little longer than I normally would tonight,” Hood said. “I asked him if he ever had 30 in a game before. He’s playing so great right now I kinda wanted that for him. He’s such a good player, he’s a guy who should get 30 in a game.”

Skelly did most of his damage on the inside, where he had a 4-inch height advantage over Bay’s tallest defender, 6-5 junior Rex Sunahara.

On three occasions, Skelly was fouled while making a basket, allowing him a chance for an old-fashioned three-point play.

“Everything was working for us tonight,” Skelly said. “We were making shots and we were also stepping up and helping each other out. We took it to whole new level tonight.”

The Demons put the game away by outscoring Bay 24-5 in the second quarter to take a 42-16 halftime lead.

Bay stayed competitive for most of the first quarter until Hood called a timeout to wake up his team.

“These are the games that are tough to coach,” Hood said. “When people tell your players they should win a game it’s always difficult to keep them focused. I never believe that, I think any team can beat you. So I had to remind them of what we had to do to win.”

Skelly was just one of four Demons in double figures. Sophomore Andris Balodis had 12 points and guards Anthony Trujillo and Joe Hadib scored 11 each.

Bay was paced by Jack Aleksandrovic and Brandon Morriss with nine points apiece. First-year coach Jared Shetzer did a good of getting his entire team involved in the game as 12 of his 14 players found their way into the scoring column.

Westlake used its size to its advantage, outrebounding the Rockets 48-34.

The Rockets trailed by as many as 34 points in the third quarter but battled back to within 17 in the closing minutes. Aleksandrovic scored all of his points in the fourth quarter on three 3-pointers.

Hood didn’t feel like his players let up in the second half, he just felt like Bay picked up its game.

“That new coach is doing a great job for (Bay),” Hood said. “They’re playing a style that’s very effective. They shoot the ball well from the outside and put some pressure on us in that second half.”

While Westlake is a veteran team with seven seniors, the Rockets’ starting five consisted almost entirely of juniors.

Contact Todd Shapiro at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Westlake 75, Bay 55

BAY(55): John Koz 2-1-5, Jonathan Brajdic 1-2-5, Danny Heideloff 1-0-2, Will Wilson 1-0-2, Jack Aleksandrovic 3-0-9, Tyler Jones 0-4-4, Brandon Morriss 3-3-9, Matt Orr 1-1-3, Collin DeBarr 1-0-2, Jack Kyle 2-0-6, Rex Sunahara 2-2-6, Alec White 1-0-2. Totals 18-13-55.
WESTLAKE (75): Danny Slavik 1-1-3, Anthony Trujillo 4-1-11, Joe Hadib 5-0-11, Andris Balodis 4-3-12, Conner Meek 3-0-6, Josh Gibson 1-0-2, Gavin Skelly 13-3-30. Totals 31-8-75.

Bay 11 5 18 21 — 55
Westlake 18 24 21 12 — 75

Three-point goals: Bay (Alekandrovic 3, Kyle 2, Brajdic), Westlake (Trujillo 2, Balodis, Hadib, Skelly). Field goals: Bay 18-61 (29 percent), Westlake 31-72 (43 percent); Free throws: Bay 13-17 (76 percent), Westlake 8-14 (57 percent). Rebounds: Bay 34, Westlake 48. Turnovers: Bay 11, Westlake 15. Total fouls: Bay 13, Westlake 20.
Junior varsity: Bay, 49-39