Weston Ranch boys basketball coach Chris Teevan studied his scorebook, marveling at the balance.
Four players scored in double figures for the Cougars, who pulled away from East Union for a 69-40 victory on Tuesday evening.
Weston Ranch led by just one after the first period, but outscored the host Lancers 48-19 over the next two quarters to secure its third straight win.
Fred Lavender paced the Cougars with 15 points, including nine in a 31-point third quarter.
Jaelen Ragsdale and Josh Dilg had 13 points apiece, while Tre Simmons finished with 12.
Teevan praised the play of Dilg and Simmons, two guards often lost in the shadow of Ragsdale, Lavender and sharpshooter Jazz Swanson.
Dilg and Simmons combined for 18 points in the first half, lifting the Cougars to a 12-point lead, 32-20.
“When we play with balance we’re really good,” Teevan said. “Josh and Tre are X-factors for us. When they’re playing good, we can get on a roll.”
Weston Ranch (11-6) is now 4-1 in the Valley Oak League, while East Union (0-5, 6-12) hasn’t won a league game in more than a year, a stretch of 17 games.
Cody Keener led all scorers with 23 points. No other player scored in double figures for the Lancers, losers of seven straight.
“The difference was in the third quarter. They were hitting some shots,” East Union coach Ryan Tarr said. “They’re tough to defend when they’re making outside shots. That’s when the game got away from us.”
Weston Ranch hosts Kimball on Thursday, while East Union travels to Central Catholic.
Lathrop 55, Oakdale 49
In Lathrop, the Spartans (2-3, 3-16) pulled away late for the victory despite grabbing just nine defensive rebounds the entire game.
“They killed us on the boards,” Lathrop coach Nathan McGrath said. “Second-chance shot after second-chance shot. Give them credit, they played hard and did the little things right tonight. Our athleticism and transition game is where we got the majority of our points.”
Isaiah Ellis scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the first and fourth quarters combined. Yancy Ram chipped in 12 points, and Junior Ballard posted nine points and six rebounds. Shane Baxter and Nate Van Cleave scored 14 each for Oakdale (1-4, 5-11).
Lathrop 63, Oakdale 57
Roman Martinez netted 23 points and hit big free throws late to lead Lathrop.
Martinez was fouled on a shot attempt with 13 seconds left and the Spartans ahead, 58-57. The Oakdale coach was whistled for two technical fouls, and Martinez buried five of six free throws to put the game away.
Idowu Olaleye (11 rebounds) and Adonis Payton each added 12 points.
Lathrop 55, Oakdale 35
Colin Weis pumped in 16 points, and Michael Ballard contributed 15 to go with four assists as Lathrop (2-3, 5-6) rolled.
Andres Villegas helped anchor the defense and finished with 10 points and two blocks.