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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Lyle-Wishram boys even in EWAC play after two straight wins

 

December 26, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram guard Dasean Leslie brings the ball up the court during the Dec. 15 win over Liberty Christian.

The Lyle-Wishram Cougars, after a tough stretch of the schedule to start Eastern Washington Athletic Conference play, enter the Christmas break winners of their last two while sitting at 3-3 in league play.

The Cougars, opening the EWAC slate with two matchups against two-time defending state champ Kittitas and one against Tri-Cities Prep, had a tough few games to start league play, but are back to the top half of the conference standings after two straight wins.

After falling to Kittitas for the second time this season on Thursday, Lyle-Wishram rebounded with consecutive EWAC wins over Dayton-Waitsburg (71-32) on Friday before holding on at White Swan (64-60) on Saturday.

Now off until a few days after Christmas, when they play Riverside Christian and University Prep, from Seattle, at the Mt. Adams Shootout on Friday and Saturday respectively.

White Swan

The Lyle-Wishram Cougars, after jumping ahead 17 at the half and leading by nine entering the fourth quarter, held off the White Swan Cougars for their second straight EWAC win after Friday's win over Dayton-Waitsburg.

White Swan, as they seemingly always do, made a late run with increased offensive production in the second half, but Lyle-Wishram was able to hold them off while improving to 3-3 in league play.

Dasean Leslie scored a game high 20 points while Riley Mills added 15 points for the visiting Cougs.

Lyle-Wishram 17 24 15 9 - 64

White Swan 10 14 19 17 - 60

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Dasean Leslie 20, Riley Mills 15, Jarren Leslie 8, Gerry Kindrick 7, Brandon Montoya 7, Kurtis Billette 5.

Dayton-Waitsburg

The Cougs bounced back after Friday's loss and got back in the win column in Friday's EWAC contest in Lyle, topping Dayton-Waitsburg 71-32 with a strong defensive effort which held the visitors to single digit scoring in the second, third, and fourth quarters.

Kurtis Billette and Riley Mills both scored in double figures for the Cougs, who outscored Dayton 48-18 over the game's final 24 minutes.

Cougars 23 16 17 15 - 71

Dayton-W. 14 4 8 6 - 32

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Billette 24, Mills 20, Jarren Leslie 13, Dasean Leslie 7, Montoya 3, Kindrick 2, Myeengan Syrette 2.

Kittitas

Matching up with the Kittitas Coyotes for the second time already this season, the Cougs didn't fare much better on their home court this time around against the two-time defending state champs.

The Cougs fell 90-55 on Thursday in Lyle after the Coyotes knocked down 15 shots from beyond the arc. Kittitas senior Brock Ravet knocked down eight of the 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 32 points. Ravet is a Gonzaga University commit and holds the Valley single-game scoring record with 55 points, which he set last season.

In Kittitas on Dec. 7 during the Cougs first EWAC contest, the Coyotes came out on top with a 77-45 win. Kittitas still leads the EWAC, and has lost just one game all season, to St. George's, last season's state runner-up, on Nov. 30.

The Cougs were led by three who finished with double-digit scoring. Mills finished with 24 points and four 3-pointers, while Dasean Leslie and Montoya added 11 and 10 points respectively.

Cougars 10 19 13 13 - 55

Coyotes 30 25 20 15 - 90

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Riley Mills 24, Dasean Leslie 11, Brandon Montoya 10, Kurtis Billette 6, Jarren Leslie 2, Chaz Castillo 2.

 

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