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Solid teamwork helps Cougars cruise past Spartans for win

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POSTED January 21, 2010 2:44 a.m.
STOCKTON – There wasn’t any one particular start that helped Weston Ranch in their 60-28 thrashing of the Lathrop Spartans Friday night.

And in the eyes of head coach Ryan Bono, that’s exactly the sort of thing he wants to see out of his team – who are now 5-1 in Valley Oak League play as they head into a particularly tough stretch of their season schedule.

Weston Ranch (5-1, 9-7) relied on the tandem shooting of Nathan Moises, who racked up 12 points as well as five steals, and Melvin Allen who finished the night with another 10 points, to build the momentum they needed to get past the first-year varsity Lathrop program.

“To be honest, for us, we don’t have any one player that stands out and leads this team completely,” Bono said. “That’s become a strength for us as we’ve learned to adjust to it, and it’s starting to pay off.”

Last Friday Weston Ranch turned more than a few heads when doing intra-district rival East Union in a 50-40 confidence booster that couldn’t have come at a better time as the Cougars are getting ready to take on Sierra on Friday night.

Their overall record might not reflect it, but Bono says that the tough teams that Weston Ranch played during the preseason helped shape them up into the team that they are today – a tough and scrappy group that knows how to communicate and get things done when they need to.

“For us it’s our scoring that’s our greatest benefit – being able to know where the other guy is and getting him the ball,” Bono said. “The continued overall team play is very important, and that’s something that we’re going to have to continue if we want to remain successful.”
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