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So much for history repeating itself.
The Calvert Cavaliers avenged an 18-point nonconference loss at Westlake on Jan. 2 with an 89-57 blitzkrieg of the Wolverines last Tuesday in a contest played at Huntingtown. Calvert’s gym is being renovated this season so the Cavaliers have no home games this season.
Calvert bookended the revenge performance with dominating quarters, outscoring the fellow Southern Maryland Athletic Conference upper-echelon outfit by 20-9 in the opening stanza and then 31-13 in the fourth to close out the lopsided affair.
Calvert senior guard Datavious Thomas boasted a game-high 27 points, draining three of his four three-point shots while snagging seven rebounds and coming up with a pair of steals.
Junior power forward Josh Smith stuffed the stat sheet for Calvert with 21 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four blocks. Calvert senior point guard Jermaine Hunter also enjoyed a big night with 20 points, 16 assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Calvert (11-5, 4-2 SMAC) played at Great Mills on Tuesday in a game that finished too late for inclusion into today’s edition. The matchup was slated for Friday but got postponed due to inclement weather.
Tonight, Calvert travels to league-leading North Point for a 5:30 p.m. tip in the first of a varsity boys-girls doubleheader.
“It was an important win for us,” said Calvert head coach Jeremy Kurutz, whose club was coming off a 70-63 outcome at La Plata on Jan. 16. “After dropping one to La Plata, who went unconscious shooting against us, we needed a good win to get our minds straight for Great Mills and North Point around the corner. We didn’t play our best game the last time we met, and Westlake brought it to us. I’m very proud of our team for returning the favor and coming right back at them.”
Westlake (11-4, 4-1) did not go down without a fight, rallying with its five-guard pressure defense to get within six points with 5 minutes 41 seconds in the third quarter left after Desi Wiseman hit from beyond the arc. Calvert led 38-23 at the break.
Calvert responded to the Westlake third-quarter surge with a 13-2 run, increasing its lead to 17 points with 2:28 left in the period. The closest Westlake got from there was within 12 points, as Calvert ran away with the game in the fourth.
Westlake senior guard Phillip Jackson posted a team-high 21 points in the loss. Teammates Wiseman and Charles Clark each finished with 10 points.
Calvert’s DJ Gantt and Jeremy Upton also made contributions in the win. Gantt had eight points, six assists and three steals, while Upton registered nine points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Westlake travels to Northern at 7 tonight.