The West Monroe boys’ basketball team put together one of its most dominant performances of the year in a 75-49 win over Ruston on Tuesday at Rebel Gymnasium. The game, never in doubt, was a shooting clinic from the Rebels.
Leaping out to a 40-17 lead by halftime, West Monroe ended the night with both Kyran Fields and Langston Powell scoring 14 points each.
Fields made four 3-point shots including three straight from deep range in the third quarter.
“We are starting, hopefully, to play the way we are supposed to play,” WMHS coach Kyle Hill said. “We are starting to do it at the right time.”
The hot shooting of the third quarter was a welcome site for a Rebel team playing its regular season finale on Friday at 6:15 p.m. at home versus Pineville and on the verge of securing a first-round playoff home game.
“The name of the game is making shots,” Hill said. “If you can’t make shots, you can’t win. We pride ourselves on playing defense, and playing defense the right way. But, you have to outscore people to be able to win.”
Hill also praised the Ruston coaching staff on its job under tough circumstances. Ruston has played as many as six freshmen players this year and are going through some growing pains.
“We understand where they are, Coach (Keldrick) King and I had having gone through that five years ago,” Hill recalled. “Give Ruston credit. Those kids are competing hard.”