GARY | Maybe it was the postseason run in football. Maybe it was playing games on back-to-back days. Maybe it was too much leftover turkey.
West Side fought slow legs all night but had just enough to beat visiting Shortridge 46-37 in the second game of the Lakeshore Classic Saturday at the Genesis Center.
"I hate playing after the holidays; I don't know what these kids ate or what they did but the last two days, this is not my team," coach Murray Richards said. "No spunk, just lazy, I don't know what it is."
The Cougars (1-1) lost a close game to Horizon Christian on Friday.
The score of Saturday's game was only 18-18 at halftime. But Christian Jacobs and Jare Glover led West Side back in the second half, providing the little energy the game had to offer.
"(Jacobs) can do better," Richards said. "He won't shoot the ball. He had 15 (points) and nine (rebounds) yesterday, but I can get more out of him. I know I can."
Jacobs finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, almost all of which came in the third and fourth quarters. Glover hit several free throws down the stretch to match Jacobs's scoring.
Richards had to go over basic defensive schemes in the huddle several times.
"I've got three or four football players who don't really know the system, yet," Richards said. "But most of my guys are supposed to know the system and they don't know it."
Isreal White paced the Blue Devils (1-1) with 13 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Shortridge set White up for a handful of alley-oop dunks.