Westside scored nine straight points with less than two minutes to play and held off Point Pleasant, 67-61, on the second night of the Family HealthCare Classic at Wyoming East.
The teams were tied five times in the final period before the Renegades’ Justin Cogar converted a three-point play at the 1:47 mark to put his team ahead for good.
Dylan Newsome added a couple of lay ups, and Levi Lambert scored to make it 67-58.
Getting the ‘W’ was about the only part of the game WHS coach Nick Cook liked.
“A win’s a win, don’t get me wrong, and I’m glad we were able to get the win,” the coach remarked.
“I’m frustrated (by our play) ” he said.
It was close most of the way, but Westside appeared to be on the verge of breaking it open with a 13-2 run in the third quarter.
Newsome, who led WHS with 18 points, hit a three from the corner to start the spurt.
He added two foul shots to give the Renegades a 42-36 edge.
Jason Scarlett made a follow shot, and Cogar connected inside off a dish from Newsome. It was 46-36.
Point Pleasant interrupted the run with a bucket , but Scarlett and Justin Kenneda scored to give the Renegades their biggest lead of the night at 50-38.
“When we execute and take care of the ball, good things happen,” Cook remarked.
The Renegades then hit a dry spell, committing several turnovers and going over four minutes without scoring.
The Big Blacks eventually tied it on a foul shot with 5:26 to go.
Newsome broike the cold streak with two free throws and the teams were deadlocked at 52, 54, 56 and 58 before Westside took over.
The teams were never separated by more than four points in the first half.
“I thought it was a sloppy game on both sides,” said Cook.
Newsome and Lambert (12) paced the Renegades, who improved to 5-3. Cogar had nine.
Dillon McCarty scored 24 to lead Point Pleasant. Aden Yates tallied 11.
Westside will play just its second home game when it hosts Wyoming East this Friday.