Cougars blow 16-point lead


Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Cock­burn Cougars men squan­dered a dou­ble-digit lead to go down to the Perry Lake Hawks at home on Fri­day night.

Up 16 points half­way through the third quar­ter, missed shots and a re­liance on the three-point shot, of which the Cougars only sank 11 from 28, proved their down­fall.

The Hawks nudged ahead with just two min­utes left on the clock and the Cougars just could not get the lead back, go­ing down 97-90.

It was a damp­ener on the club’s first home game of the year and the rais­ing of their 2016 premier­ship flag in front of a full house.

Im­port Jalen Billups scored 23 points and brought down eight re­bounds, while Lochlan Cummings top­scored with 25 points, but he was one of the cul­prits of poor three-point shoot­ing, hit­ting just two of nine.

The Cougars did not make the same mis­take the next night, this time hold­ing on to a strong lead to down Stir­ling 84-68 thanks to 20 points from Billups.

The Cougar women also went down to the Hawks in a close game, los­ing 66-61.

De­spite a brief pe­riod at the end of the first quar­ter where the Cougars led, they were play­ing catch-up all night.

The Hawks pushed the lead out to as much as 14 points in the third, be­fore a spir­ited come­back from the Cougars cut the lead to one be­fore they ran out of time.

Bri­anna Moyes top-scored with 22 points, while lo­cal prod­uct Is­abelle Miotti was the only other player to reach dou­ble dig­its, sink­ing 18.

The win­less women also backed up on Satur­day night with an away game against Stir­ling, go­ing down 86-76.

Ker­sten Mitchell played a huge game, scor­ing 31 points and bring­ing down seven re­bounds, while Moyes scored 17.

Across town, the Lake­side Light­ning had a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion on Fri­day night, with both teams record­ing wins against the Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

The women kicked it off with a 76-70 win thanks to a 21-point haul from Ali Sch­wag­meyer, and the men backed it up two hours later with a 92-87 win.

Im­port James Pad­gett again proved in­stru­men­tal for the Light­ning with a game-high 24 points and was sup­ported well by fel­low im­port Devon Atkin­son with 18.

The Cougar men will play Ger­ald­ton at the Ac­tive West Sta­dium in Ger­ald­ton from 6pm on April 8, while the women have a week off.

Both Lake­side teams will take on Rock­ing­ham from 6.30pm on April 7.

The Cougars women went down to the Perry Lake Hawks.

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