A last-second loss to Crowley on Tuesday night knocked the Rams out of a three-team tie atop the District 4-3A basketball standings. Westlake is a game behind co-leaders Iowa and South Beauregard but can stay in the title mix with a win when it hosts the Golden Knights tonight.
Westlake (11-8, 3-2) head coach Doug Morris said his team needs to give a better effort than it did in a 44-43 loss at Crowley.
“We have been up and down,” he said. “I felt like we were getting some consistency heading into our last ballgame but did not play as well as we had been. We have had to come back the last couple of days and try to get back to where we were. It was an effort thing more than anything else. We were up two with six seconds left and they drained a three.
“We would like to be in better spot than where we are at, but it is not too bad; we have three home games in the second round of district play.”
The Rams won both of their home games during the first half of the district round-robin.
South Beauregard (16-6, 4-1) has had better luck in close games, winning three district games by six points or fewer, including a 57-51 win over the Rams in the district opener.
“The first game was a tough one, they played well,” Morris said. “We played a mediocre game and they ended up beating us. If you don’t play well, you are not going to beat them. They are going to play hard from start to end and are a fundamentally sound team. They will not beat themselves. If we play well, we can be a tough team to beat. If not, we can lose to any decent team.”
The Golden Knights beat Notre Dame 59-28 Tuesday night, getting a team-high 18 points from Chad Barmore.
In the girls game, South Beauregard (19-6, 5-0) will look to remain undefeated in district play and extend its 10-game winning streak. Westlake (7-13) is 2-3 in district.