Westside hoop coach Nick Cook had a message for one of his players after the Renegades beat Logan on Friday night.
“I said, welcome back, Justin Cogar,” Cook said.
Cogar had a career-best 38 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to spark AA No. 2 Westside to a 90-68 rout of the Wildcats.
“I just wasn’t making enough effort (in earlier games),” said Cogar.
Effort was a big part of the win, Cook said.
“Our effort was a million times better than it was last week (against Wyoming East),” he commented. “But we still have a lot of work to do.”
The Renegades took control of the game early, forcing turnovers and feeding the transition game.
Westside scored the first eight points of the night and maintained that lead until late in the quarter.
The Wildcats (3-4) had a 9-2 run late in the first and early in the second stanza. Zachery Acord’s drive to the bucket cut the deficit to 19-18.
That was as close as Logan would get.
Fox stole the ball and zipped it down court to Cogar, whose layup started another eight-point run, making it 27-18.
The margin went to double digits, 33-23 when Fox intercepted a pass and scored.
Cogar’s three from the right corner pushed it to 40-25.
WHS (5-1) held a 45-31 lead at the break.
A 13-point spurt in the third quarter extended Westside’s margin to 59-37. It started with two Cogar free throws and ended with two from Fox.
Logan went to its press and carved the lead to 10 on Brynden Street’s foul shots early in the final quarter.
“We were dribbling through the press instead of passing through it,” Cook observed. “The coaches told us to stay calm and run our press offense,” Cogar remarked.
Westside’s tranisition game went back into high gear, capped by a Larry Cook three that made it 79-58.
Cook had 10 points off the bench.
“Larry did a really good job and Jordan Browning scored 10 and got some big rebounds,” coach Cook said.
“Anybody on our bench can come in and play on the level we need them to,” Cogar said.
Westside senior guard Corey Bowles, a second team all-stater last year, was injured late in the third quarter.
Cook said Bowles has been playing with a partially torn meniscus since the season started. “He’s probably going to be out a couple of weeks,” the coach stated. “We’ll talk to doctors and discuss options.”
The four-year starter “is our heart and soul,” Cook said.
Levi Lambert tallied 13 for Westside, and Fox had 11 points and five steals. Browning and Cook added 10 each.
Street and Braxton Goff had 16 apiece for Logan.
Westside will play a make up game at Liberty on Monday and travel to Tug Valley on Tuesday.
Photo: Justin Cogar (with ball) of Westside had 38 points to lead the Renegades past Logan on Friday night.