West Side downs conference rival Lew Wallace 61-50 |
The West Side roster resembled something of a revolving door midway through the season, as injuries have plagued the Cougars.
With five players out due to injury, including two starters, Cougars second-year coach Murray Richards has shuffled the deck multiple times, including in their 61-50 Northwestern Conference victory over rival Lew Wallace (4-3, 0-1) on Jan. 24.
“Every game the lineup has been different, but I definitely feel good about this win all things considered,” said Richards referring to the mounting injuries.
The Cougars (5-6, 1-0) got a huge lift from Christian Jacobs, as the junior finished with a double-double and a game-high 16 points, 13 rebounds and two assists on 7-of-17 shooting.
“I wanted to play (Jacobs) at guard today, shooting guard. He is going to be a great guard because I have seen 6-6 guards,” Richards added.
Jacobs scored 10 of his points in the first half, supplying the Cougars with an 11-0 start to the game.
The Cougars led all the way through the game until the Hornets grabbed their first lead on a layup by John Johnson to make it 32-31 early in the third quarter following a second quarter in which they outscored the Cougars 19-12.
The Cougars defense held the Hornets to five third-quarter points on 2-of-15 shooting from the field, while they were 8-of-15.
The Cougars went on a 12-0 run, giving them the lead for good. Jon Vea’ Johnson was the only other Cougars players in double figures with 10 points and four rebounds, while Jare Glover, Ramon Atkins and Bobby Edwards all chipped in eight points a piece.
Marlon Northern added six points, 11 rebounds and two steals. The Hornets were dominated on the boards, as they were outrebounded 46-21 and all seven Cougars that played scored at least four points.
The Hornets were lead by Keontae Bridges and Jeremy Dickenson, who scored 15 points and 13 points, respectively. Bridges also drilled three 3-pointers in the game.