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Cougars clobber Spartans

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POSTED January 10, 2013 11:24 p.m.

WESTON RANCH - The Weston Ranch High boys basketball team has become a close-knit group.

So says first-year Cougars coach Chris Teevan.

“A testament of that is how they support one another,” he said Thursday following a 71-29 Valley Oak League shellacking of Lathrop High.

Teevan added: “They really love each other and it shows in their play.”

Weston Ranch (4-0, 10-5) was led by senior leadership of Dylan Alexander and Eric Duncan. Alexander torched the Spartans for a game-high 24 points while Duncan directed the offense with eight assists, including four in the first half.

He finished with 12 points.

“But it was our defense that made the difference,” Teevan said.

The Cougars jumped out to a 10-0 lead thanks to a pair of steals in the open court by Alexander, who finished both times with one-handed dunks. He also had a reverse layup as Weston Ranch built up a 14-4 advantage.

Daiveon Leverett got into the act with a thunder slam in the second followed by one of the two-hand variety moments later. By then, the Cougars had a commanding 31-6 lead.

Lathrop (1-3, 4-10) was coming off a stunning overtime win over East Union.

“We played great on Tuesday (against the Lancers),” Spartans coach Bill Slikker said. “But Weston Ranch is a great team.”

Not much went right for Lathrop. Mikey Pereznegron banked in a buzzer-beating 3 shortly before halftime. Sophomore Isaiah Ellis netted all eight of his points in the fourth.

Weston Ranch was concerned about point guard Robert Orantes, who added eight. “He’s one of the best,” said Teevan.

The Cougars sprinted out to a big lead and never looked back. Justin Lassiter and Leonard Locket came off the bench, dropping 12 and 12 points, respectively.

“We don’t have that kind of depth like Weston Ranch,” Slikker said. “But give our guys credit - they never gave up.”

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