Weston Ranch started the game Wednesday on a 40-8 run and coasted to an 80-48 boys Valley Oak League basketball victory at East Union’s Dalben Center.
The point disparity was set up by ferocious defense with the Lancers (4-6 VOL, 15-13 overall) not getting their second rebound until there were 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
“We have a group of guys that sacrifices individual accomplishments and individual stats to play on a winning team in a winning program,” Cougars coach Chris Teevan said. “Because winning is important to them. Skills like rebounding is a winning stat, and we have some great rebounders when they are on their game.
“We’re on a roll. It’s great to be us right now. This is probably the best I have ever had a team play, in general, and we won 30 games in a row last year.”
Weston Ranch (8-1, 15-10) took a 52-22 halftime lead behind forcing 14 first-half turnovers to committing just three and winning the battle of the boards 47-14.
“We come with a lot of physicality,” the Cougars’ Titus Haley said. “We like to play hard and smart.”
Jordahnn Johnson posted a double-double for the Weston Ranch with 21 points and 18 rebounds and was one of five Cougars in double figures.
“We knew they had some good shooters,” Johnson said. “And that’s their whole offense. Once we shut that down and our press started working, they couldn’t score.”
Donjae’ Lindsey added 14 points and five rebounds for Weston Ranch followed by Kodey Weary with 12 points and nine rebounds, Gavin Wilburn with 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal and Favor Pitts with 10 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists. Mi’son Coilton just missed double figures with nine points — seven in the first period — along with three steals and two assists in the opening quarter.
Parm Khattra led East Union with 19 points, scoring seven in the final period.
“We definitely had a better second half than a first half,” Lancers coach James Ward said. “The kids got to work on man-to-man defense.
“Weston Ranch is a good team. They are the best team we have played this year. They are long. They are athletic. They are just a good team.”
Trailing Central Catholic by one game with three to go, Weston Ranch host the Raiders on Friday night at 7 with first place on the line. East Union has Friday off and will travel to Central Catholic next Wednesday at 7 p.m.
East Union 62, Weston Ranch 49
Alex Cuevas led the Lancers with 23 points and Bryan Howe added 13 points.
The Cougars’ Dionte Jackson led all scorers with 24 points and Prince Bordeaux chipped in 14 points.
East Union 47, Weston Ranch 46
Trevor Barnes drained a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to give the Lancers a one-point lead they would not relinquish.
Adrian Telles led East Union with 26 points. Nate Green paced the Cougars with 27 points and teammate Angel Esparza scored 10.