Late basket lifts 'Cats past Patriots

Laney 56, Westside 55

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The play was drawn up for Jammie West, but it was Shaquille Cook who finished the deal when he cleaned up a missed shot.

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Westside's Ronald Campbell (right) goes up for the rebound against Laney's Shaquille Cook (second from left) and Raven Rodriguez during Wednesday's game.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Westside's Ronald Campbell (right) goes up for the rebound against Laney's Shaquille Cook (second from left) and Raven Rodriguez during Wednesday's game.

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West’s drive led to an open look, and though the shot was missed, Cook’s second-chance score in the final seconds won the Holiday Round Ball Classic boys championship for Laney, which beat Westside, 56-55, on Wednesday night at Laney.

The Wildcats beat the Patriots by a one for the second time this season.

“When you’re unselfish at the right time, good things happen,” Laney coach Jerry Hunter said.

The teams were close for most of the second half, with the Patriots clinging to a small lead late.

But Laney scored the game’s last four points, overcoming 19 points from both Frank Booker and Ronald Campbell. The two combined to hit seven 3-pointers.

West led four Laney players in double figures, with 15.

The teams were also close for most of the opening half, though the Wildcats were ahead by as much as six points in the second quarter.

They then went on a drought that saw the advantage change hands.

When West hit a 3 for an 18-12 score and Glenn Rodriguez added two points inside not much later to make it 20-14, it seemed the Wildcats would keep the lead.

But Westside took off on a 10-0 run with the defense forcing empty possessions and the 3-point shooting going on a roll late.

Then, even when Cook’s slam dunk ended the run, Westside immediately answered.

With the half winding down, Booker created space with his dribble and drilled a 3-pointer to make it 27-22 at the half.

After the Patriots had only one 3 in the opening 13-plus minutes of the game, Westside made a trio of 3s inside the final three minutes of the first half.

The contest remained tight from there, with Laney having one more clutch play to get the victory.

“It feels good,” Cook said. “This is our house.”


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