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Lakewood Cougars outrun Coupeville for a 95-36 victory
LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood boys basketball team honored its seniors Jan. 31 with a near record-setting performance by handing Coupeville a 95-36 drubbing.
In the Senior Night game the Cougars lit up the scoreboard for 95 points, just four short of the school record of 99.
“We wanted to honor our seniors and let them play that whole first quarter,” said Lakewood head coach Matt Hart. “At the end of the first quarter, it was 22-6 which was a nice way to start off the game.”
Starting the game for the Cougars were seniors Caleb Graves, Tyler Duitsman, Dustin Stanton, Zach Smith and Thomas Raught. Senior Tyler Farrell, the team’s second leading scorer, did not play due to an injury.
“After the end of the first quarter, the underclassmen came in and they also played very well,” said Hart.
Although the team played well on both ends of the court, Hart credited his team’s defense and rebounding for the high score.
“We actually didn’t shoot the ball very well, considering,” said Hart. “We played pretty good defense, and we were able to get a ton of rebounds and those rebounds were converted into layups which really helped us get our point total up.”
Lakewood outscored Coupeville 24-17 in the second quarter to head into halftime with a 46-23 lead.
“We pressed them in the first half and in the second half we didn’t press them at all, we sat back in a zone defense,” said Hart.
Lakewoood continued to dominate in the third quarter, outscoring Coupeville 28-6 for a 74-29 lead heading into the final quarter.
“We got into the fourth quarter and the guys really started talking about it [the point record]. That was kind of their goal at that point, to try to get the record,” said Hart. “Unfortunately, we shot 10-for-25 from the free-throw line or else we would have had it.”
Despite not getting the record, Hart said he was very pleased with the team’s performance.
“It was funny, it was Senior Night but our freshmen stole the show,” said Hart.
“Freshman Paul Coleman led the team with 23 points which was a season high for him,” said Hart. “Ryan Alford, our freshman point guard, did not have a great night statistically, but he is the one who started a lot of our fast breaks and kept that tempo going for us. He had nine assists as well.”
The Cougars grabbed 14 steals in the game with Graves and Raught both getting four.
Duitsman was an impressive 6-for-8 from beyond the three-point line.
“Justin Peterson had 17 rebounds and a lot of those came in the second half,” said Hart. “He’s the quarterback on our football team so he has a pretty good arm. There were many times when he would grab a rebound and throw the ball the length of the floor for a layup. It was pretty fun to watch.”
Hart said the victory was a nice way to end the seniors’ final home game.
“It was a good way for those seniors to go out on a high note and playing well,” Hart said. “It was definitely one of the better games defensively. Holding Coupeville to 36 points was a great effort. We’ve had many glimpses of this type of play many times during the season, but this was the first time we played that way for four quarters.”
With a 5-7 league record and a 6-12 overall record the Cougars are eliminated from post-season play.