STOCKTON — Weston Ranch opened the McDonald's Classic by using a furious first-half attack in trouncing Cordova 72-48 on Wednesday at Weston Ranch High.
The Cougars (3-1) will play Consumnes Oaks in second-round action at 3:30 p.m. today at Edison. The Wolfpack downed Lodi, 64-44.
"We still need to get better fundamentally," said Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan despite the lopsided home win over than Lancers (1-6) of the Greater Sacramento League.
He added: "I know a win's a win, but I'd rather that we play well."
Teevan estimated that his team left 20 points on the floor as a result of missed scoring opportunities inside the paint.
Weston Ranch's defensive pressure did force Cordova to turn the ball over 14 times in the first two quarters, resulting in a 35-9 run from the middle of the first to the intermission, including 16-2 advantage in the second quarter.
Sophomore guard Mi'Son Coilton had five of his seven steals in the stretch while hitting four 3 pointers, including one at buzzer to end the first quarter. He finished with a game-high 16 points.
Devin Small was also lethal from beyond the arc, knocking in three 3s and finishing with 15.
Donjae' Lindsey finished with nine while Gavin Wilburn and Lydell King had eight points each.
The Cougars built up a 61-23 lead by the midway point of the third, with Teevan resting his starters.
Cordova reeled off 17 unanswered points, cutting Weston Ranch's big lead to 21.
DeShaun Lawson hit a pair of 3s in that stretch, leading the Lancers with 14 points. Kenneth Brown added nine.
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