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Westlake manages a tough win over Lake Travis

By Denique Williams, 01/15/22, 1:15PM CST

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Chaps prevail in tough, intense District 26-6A clash with Cavs...

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The Chaparrals met the Cavaliers on the court Friday in a rival conference game that would see the Chaps take the lead from the start but work hard to hold on to it in the end. 

Lake Travis remained hot on the heels of their rivals the entire match-up but despite their best efforts they would succumb to a close 48-43 loss. The first minutes of the game were extremely high energy. Westlake took the lead from the start with back to back threes from Connor Mcmanus who would go on to have a solid game ending with 15 points on the night.

Those made shots didn't come without a rebuttal, as Stephen Everett would go on to shoot two threes for Lake Travis before the end of the quarter. By the end of the first quarter the tone of this tight game was set as both teams were tied 12-12.

By the start of the second quarter the game would take a defensive turn as The Cavaliers were able to hold The Chaparrals to just 8 points before the half. Defense was also strong on the Chaparrals side as well with notable blocks from both Jaden Greathouse and Donovan Santoro helping Westlake take the lead, 20-18 going into the half.

Credit to Lake Travis however as they fought back and took the lead 21-20 early in the second half. Everett, AJ Cuen, and Bennett Moore all connected on three-pointers which helped put Lake Travis in front. The Cavs would not back down and they would trade the lead with Westlake twice in this heated match-up. When asked the best method his team used to pull off this close win, Westlake Head Coach Robert Lucero credited his teams resolve.

“The best thing the guys did today was...when we were down nobody put their head down, there wasn't any bad body language, everybody locked down and we were able to get some stops and get back into the game," said Lucero.

Westlake pulled off the win and five point margin with a final layup from Donovan Santoro who would go on to be their leading scorer with 18 points for the night. 

With the win Westlake remains undefeated in 26-6A play at 4-0, in first place. Overall the Chaparrals are now 23-1 on the season and are holding firm as the #4 ranked 6A team in the State, in the latest TABC polls. They next face Austin Akins in a district away game.

Lake Travis falls to 18-6 overall, 3-1 in district. They prepare for another tough opponent in San Marcos next Tuesday.