East County Sports

Cougs make presence felt at home, in Hills

Angel Raposa (3), of Steele Canyon, following a shot attempt. / Dave Dickens




EastCountySports.com staff report


SPRING VALLEY – The Steele Canyon Cougars made sure their presence would be known in the Grossmont Hills League this season, upsetting visiting West Hills, 66-60, on Friday night.

The Cougars are playing their best basketball of the season with their third consecutive win to move to 7-6 overall and get in the league win column at 1-1 in what is sure to be a crazy league season with no clear favorite now.

Arthur Simpson, a junior, scored 24 points to pace the Cougars.

Angel Raposa made a three-pointer with 2:45 to go in the first half to keep the game close as the game was tightly contested throughout. His knockdown three made it 26-25 Pack.

Senior Joey Cleaves made a three-pointer with just over five minutes to play in the third quarter which gave the Cougars a three-point lead, 37-34.

Sophomore Alex Jenkins had a drive to the hoop and score off the glass midway through the third quarter for a 42-36 advantage.

The Cougars led 51-47 at the end of three quarters but extended the lead to double digits with just under three minutes left in the game.

West Hills senior Kyle Dobyns scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half.

The Pack’s Brendan Greene had a three-pointer in the first quarter en route to nine points in the contest.

Luke Gibson also finished with nine points West Hills (10-4, 1-1 Grossmont Hills League).



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