The Westland High School boys basketball team's up-and-down season continued last Tuesday with a69-65 loss to OCC-Central Division-rival Dublin Coffman.

The Westland High School boys basketball team's up-and-down season continued last Tuesday with a69-65 loss to OCC-Central Division-rival Dublin Coffman.

The Cougars played one of their best games but still fell to the league leader.

Westland entered last Friday's game against Worthington Kilbourne at 5-9 overall and 3-6 in the OCC.

The Cougars will return to action Tuesday at Thomas Worthington, which it beat75-60 on Dec. 23.

The Cardinals had won four of their last five games heading into a game against Coffman last Friday. Thomas improved to 6-9 overall and 5-5 in the OCC with a 73-72 overtime win over Hilliard Davidson last Tuesday.

Guard Abdul Craig led a balanced attack for the Cardinals with 18 points followed by Benjamin Willis with 14 and Nicholas Girardi with 12.

"Thomas is always tough," Westland coach Todd Parker said. "(Thomas coach Bob Miller) is a defensive guru. You just hope to execute and score enough points to beat them. They play very tough in their gym. We beat them the first time and hopefully that gives us confidence to knock them off a second time."

Westland will visit Upper Arlington on Friday looking to avenge a 76-48 loss to the Golden Bears on Jan. 6.

Sophomore guard Brian Sullivan scored 29 points for Upper Arlington

The Golden Bears were 12-3 overall and 7-2 in the OCC before a game against Hilliard Darby last Friday. It was second inthe league.

Westland will play a non-league game at Mifflin on Saturday. Last season, the Cougars defeated the Punchers 76-65. Mifflin was 1-10 before its game against Linden last Friday. The win was over East 61-53 on Jan. 23.

Anthony Jackson, who finished with 31 points, scored 15 points in the first half as the Cougars trailed Coffman 35-33 at the break. Westland,which lostthe first meeting91-63 on Dec. 12, led three times in the second half and tied the game for the final time at 60 on Roy Ray's basket with 2:45 remaining.

The Cougars closed to 66-65 on Jackson's 3-pointer with 24 seconds left.

Trailing 67-65, Westland had a chance to tie the game or take the lead but committed a turnover with five seconds left.

Parker also pointed to the strong defensive effort of Ray as another key in the near-upset.

Coffman was 13-1 overall and 9-0 in the OCC before its game against Thomas last Friday.

"We're very proud of the boys," Parker said.

"They played hard. We stuck to our game plan and we did things well enough to win, but when it came down to making that final play they knew what we were going to do and we just didn't get it done."

"I was feeling it a little bit," Jackson said. "We could have had a victory. At the end we have to cut down on the mental mistakes."

Before last Tuesday, Jackson was the team's leading scorer at 22.1 points a game. Point guard Dan Martin was second at 9.8.