6-foot-4 senior guard Chris Bland paced the Trojans with 27 points and 18 rebounds, both game highs. The 6'9 Simmons controlled the paint, finishing with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 blocks respectively. The duo combined for 52 points and 33 rebounds while shooting an amazing 22-28 from the field.
West Brunswick jumped on Sanderson early, with Simmons scoring 6 quick points in the game's first few minutes, and the Trojans ended the first period up 18-9 following a baseline jam by Simmons.
Sanderson, who starts three sophomores and a junior, never really was in the game, trailing 39-17 at the half. Bland (20) and Simmons (14) accounted for 34 of the 39 first half West Brunswick points.
The second half began like the first ended, with West Brunswick's guards able to get the ball inside to Simmons. After a flurry of high-flying dunks by the big man, Trojan Head Coach Dan McGougan started to substitute more frequently, resting his starters for much of the second half.
Sanderson's jumpers started to fall in the fourth period, but it was too little too late as the Bulldogs just didn't have enough fire power to hang around with the much-improved Trojans.
West Brunswick's next game is in the finals of the 4-team bracket tonight at 7:20 against Trinity Catholic (CONN) and Duke signee David McClure.
Sanderson will play Chatham Central this morning at 11 A.M.
Simmons Evaluation: "Big Ced" is a stud. Today he was on his game and when he gets touches he always produces. Athletically he compares favorably to ex-ACC players Chris Wilcox and Josh Powell, but what separates him from those two is his skill level and willingness to always mix it up. His teammates gave him help today, and West Brunswick will need the same against Trinity Catholic and Duke-bound forward David McClure.
West Brunswick 67, Sanderson 46
W. Brunswick 18 21 17 11 - 67
Sanderson 9 8 7 22 - 46
W. Brunswick: C. Bland 27, Simmons 25, R. Bland 4, Hill 4, Griffen 3, Johnson 2, Burney 2, Cox, Frink, White. Leaders - rebounds: C. Bland 18, Simmons 15. assists: R. Bland 5. steals: C. Bland 2. blocks: Simmons 7.
Sanderson: Richerson 8, Burrell 6, Thompson 5, Clements 5, Perry 4, Rogers 4, Kotecki 3, Anderson 3, Spooner 3, Porter 3, Blain 2, House, Harbaugh, Young, Porter. Leaders - rebounds: Richerson 7, Burrell 5. assists: Thompson 2. steals: Burrell 3. blocks: Richerson 4.