Just three days away from Westland‘s biggest game of the season, the Cougars made a huge statement in a 70-42 blowout victory over Hilliard Davidson (3-11, 2-7). Fueled by deadly three-point scoring, the Cougars went into halftime leading by 15, and never took their foot off the gas.
Led by Cory Beesler’s 20 points, 18 of which came from behind the arc, the area’s leader in three-point percentage was a huge part in a balanced Cougar attack. Westland (14-2, 7-2) hit 11 three-point field goals in tonight’s victory, putting the game away midway through the third quarter. Kersey Long and JJ Smith each scored in double figures for the Cougars, while KyJuan Grace added seven points and another stellar performance on the defensive end.
In their first game without Devan Williamson, Westland showed no hesitation on offense, controlling the pace from the outset and getting quality baskets each trip down the floor. Heading into a crucial road matchup with Olentangy Liberty, which may very well decide the OCC-Central, Westland put together an outstanding performance against a team that they could’ve easily overlooked.
Replacing Williamson’s production is no easy task, but with Beesler’s deadly shooting from behind the arc, Westland showed tonight that scoring is not an issue. The Cougars will need a similar performance from Beesler and the rest of the supporting cast this Friday in a game that will determine the fate of Westland’s season.
Written by: Zach Fleer / @YS614