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Wildcats Aim for Top 3

Posted: February 7, 2008 2:15 a.m.
Updated: April 9, 2008 2:02 a.m.

West Ranch's Alejandro Castro (1) and Will Tate (13) battle for a loose ball with Canyon's Tere Adams, center, at West Ranch High on Wednesday.

 
Canyon boys basketball head coach Chad Phillips' plan made sense. It just backfired.

At times in Wednesday's game, the coach decided to go box-and-one defense on West Ranch's 3-point specialist Beau Martin, and sometimes even on David Franklin.
Martin never scored in the game, but it looked like he passed on 3-point touches to everyone else on the Wildcats.
West Ranch dropped a school-record 14 treys on the Cowboys, nullifying a game-high 30 points from Cody Anderson in a 77-70 win over Canyon at home.
"Coming into the game we knew we'd have to shoot the ball well," said Wildcats head coach Sean LeGaux. "With Cody (Anderson) on the inside, we wouldn't get easy shots inside. We got hot and stayed hot."
There can be no denying that.
The Wildcats' lowest-scoring quarter came in the first, where they finished with 16 points. They scored 21 in the second and 20 apiece in the third and fourth quarters.
"You've got to hand it to them," Phillips said. "They shot lights out."
West Ranch (17-8, 5-4) took a narrow 37-36 lead into halftime, but came out in the third with a 15-2 run that was insurmountable for the Cowboys (13-12, 4-4).
Will Tate and Morris Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the run. Both players scored 14 points each.
"Will Tate stepped up," Phillips said. "I had said Will Tate will have to beat us and he did. Good for him."
Tate wasn't the only one. Point guard Malik Bradley scored a team-high 17, including four 3-pointers.
Canyon cut the lead to six when Jonathan Lawson hit a basket and drew a foul with 1:18 left. He converted his free throw to make the score 71-65 West Ranch. Lawson finished his night with 16 points.
But the Wildcats were 6-of-8 from the line in the final minute of the game to hold Canyon off.
West Ranch was without it's biggest inside presence, Garry Bradley, who was out with an illness.
It gave Anderson free reign in the paint, scoring 16 points in the first quarter.
Canyon ran out to a 10-3 start, but West Ranch kept pace by hitting a trio of 3-pointers in the opening frame, all by different players.
The Cowboys had a 24-16 lead heading into the second quarter.
The game was a make-up from Jan. 25 due West Ranch having a leak in its gym roof that day.


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