Cougars blow 16-point lead
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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.