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Boys basketball: Cougars right at home in conference-clinching rout

Updated: March 21, 2013 6:46AM



GARY — Tuesday night’s Northwestern Conference duel between West Side and Roosevelt was homecoming night for the Cougars, but not in the traditional sense.

After eight games away from home, West Side won the Gary city title with an 80-43 victory over Roosevelt, ending a two-game losing streak.

“We were really ready to play tonight,” said West Side’s Arnold Wilson, who had a 20-point night. “We’ve been on the road for a while so we were excited to play at home tonight.”

That excitement kicked in early for the Cougars, who used a 17-4 second quarter scoring advantage to take a 39-16 lead into the locker room.

The only thing West Side coach Murray Richards was not happy with?

“I was scared a little bit because I thought we would be a little too aggressive, but what I wanted to to execute and play good defense,” Richards said.

“It’s the first time we worked on man-to-man for an entire game and we held them to 43 points. I said I wanted 40, but I’ll take that for a first time.”

The frustration, or as Roosevelt coach Renaldo Thomas said, “being disheartended” continues with the Panthers (2-14, 0-2 in NWC) losing their third straight and 12th in their last 13.

“We just have to get some of our guys to understand that you have to be a student of the game and you have to be coachable,” Thomas said. “To be honest with you, some of them aren’t as talented as they think they are but they play hard and didn’t quit and that’s all I can ask of them.”

Curtis Lee and Christian Jacobs had 11 points each for the Cougars (10-7, 2-0 in the NWC), who also won the Gary Holiday Tournament in December.

Denzel Casson added 10 for West Side.



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