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Prep boys hoops: ’Cats stick to habit

West Ranch falls behind early before pulling away

Posted: February 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

It’s becoming a habit for West Ranch Wildcats boys basketball.

The opponent comes out fired up and jumps out in front early, and then West Ranch wears them down.

Despite trailing for the entire first half and most of the third quarter, the Wildcats beat the Saugus Centurions 58-47 on Friday night at Saugus High School.

West Ranch senior Ako Kaluna summed it up simply, saying “Our shots started falling. We were playing great defense and once we got our confidence because our shots were falling, we were OK.”

Kaluna led all scorers with 20 points and he added 11 rebounds. Fellow senior Kevin Harris added 17 points, including a key 3-pointer late in the third quarter to give West Ranch (17-6 overall, 7-1 Foothill League) its first lead of the game at 37-36.

Harris was limited to just five points before halftime, at which point the Centurions (12-13, 2-6) led 24-23. They extended that lead to 34-29 with 2:45 left in the third quarter.

Garrett Harding was Saugus’ only player in double figures at 10 points, but it was a tough shooting night for most other Centurions.

Overall, Saugus made just 30 percent of its shots.

“We had a couple bad shots and turnovers in the fourth quarter, and that hurt us,” said Saugus head coach Derek Ballard.

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