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Daiveon Leverett of Weston Ranch brings home a powerful jam Thursday during the Cougars’ second-round win in the McDonalds Classic at Delta College.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED December 7, 2012 12:27 a.m.

Chris Teevan wasn’t impressed with how his Weston Ranch Cougars came out in their second round tourney matchup against Bethel of Vallejo Thursday night.

Shots weren’t crisp. Tempo wasn’t there. And most of all, his team leaders weren’t taking charge the way he knew they could – especially against a Bay Area team that made a deep run in the playoffs last season.

But all of that changed in the second half.

Spurred by a jumpstarted offense, Dylan Alexander and Eric Duncan took charge and combined for 35 points in the Cougars’ 72-59 victory that sends them into the semi-finals of The McDonald Classic – the annual tournament hosted at Delta College by Stockton’s Edison High School.

“Dylan and Eric really stepped up their leadership at halftime and took charge on the court,” said Teevan – who held a 31-27 lead at the midway point. “Then Daiveon (Leverett) stepped it up in the third quarter and really brought it home for us. We didn’t come out strong but we finished well.”

Leverett lead the Cougars (2-0) in scoring with 22 points, while Alexander chipped in 18 and Duncan added 17 to account for the majority of Weston Ranch’s points.

The squad will have its work cut out for them tonight when they take on Northern California powerhouse El Cerrito High School at 8 p.m. in Delta’s Blanchard Gymnasium.

“It tells us where we are right now and acts as a measuring stick for the teams that we’re going to play later – the Modesto Christians and the Sacramento Highs,” Teevan said. “We’re learning and the kids are learning. We have to see how far we can push and hopefully make the mistakes now and not later.”

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