Cougars into top six

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

COCK­BURN has moved into the top six af­ter a 92-87 win over Stir­ling at Wally Ha­gan Sta­dium on Fri­day.

Im­port Jalen Billups scored 25 points, Seva Chan 22 and Lochlan Cum­mings 21 as the Cougars won a tight con­test over their mid-ta­ble ri­vals.

The Cougars led early and held a strong lead be­fore Stir­ling, led by NBL prod­uct Cody El­lis, took the as­cen­dancy in the sec­ond half.

A huge slam-dunk from Billups got the home crowd on their feet and helped to lift the Cougars, who did enough late in the game to take home the points.

Lake­side is in ninth po­si­tion af­ter mixed re­sults over the week­end.

The Light­ning were beaten 83-78 at home by the Rock­ing­ham Flames on Fri­day night, de­spite 22 points from James Pad­gett.

They re­bounded on Satur­day when they won 103101 against bot­tom-placed Man­durah.

Corey Shervill led the scor­ing for the Light­ning with 29 points, but Magic player Wil­liam McNeill had every­one cov­ered with a haul of 42 points.

In the women’s di­vi­sion, Lake­side re­mains in third po­si­tion.

Ash­leigh Grant scored 21 points to guide the Light­ning to an 86-77 win over Rock­ing­ham at home on Fri­day. But the Light­ning came up short in their sec­ond game of the week­end, a clash with top-of-the-ta­ble Man­durah on Satur­day. Syd­nee Fipps scored a game­high 27 points, but the Light­ning lost 94-83.

Cock­burn kept pace with the top eight by beat­ing Stir­ling at home on Fri­day.

It was a tight con­test, but a huge fourth-quar­ter ef­fort from the Cougars saw them ef­fect a dou­ble-digit turn­around to win the game.

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