WESTBROOK — Dan LeGage said he wanted to see his team compete on every play.

That’s what he got from all of his players Friday night in a convincing 64-38 boys’ basketball win against Kennebunk.

“It’s every play, both sides of the ball,” LeGage said. “We have to compete, and learn to compete every single possession and execute.”

Westbrook’s Jeremiah Alado drives to the hoop in the second half of Friday night’s game against visiting Kennebunk. Westbrook won 64-38.

Zac Manoogian, a senior guard, led the way with 24 points, three assists, four steals and three rebounds, while also drawing three charges. In a two-minute spurt in the second quarter, he drained three straight catch-and-shoot 3-pointers after busting around his teammates’ screens to push the lead to 34-17.

“It was close until Manoogian hit those three 3s right in a row,” said Kennebunk Coach Barrett Belanger. “He’s so good. He got a little bit of space, and when he gets space like that he can make some shots, and they did a great job of running him off screens.”

Seconds after the third 3-pointer, Manoogian moved his feet on defense, anticipated a spin move by Kennebunk’s leading scorer, Cam Lovejoy, and drew an offensive foul.

“What I like about what Zac is doing now is I think he’s beginning to understand how to be that complete player, graduating from a scorer to a well-rounded player that can do a lot of different things,” LeGage said.

Westbrook players on the bench celebrate after Zac Manoogian makes a basket after being fouled during the second half.

Kennebunk trailed by at least 17 the rest of the way.

The Blue Blazes (11-5) have won seven of their last eight games and are ranked third in Class A South behind Greely and Biddeford.

They also showed good balance. Jeremiah Alado added 15 points, including seven in the third quarter to help extend a 35-18 halftime lead to 47-23. Deng Jany cut to the basket repeatedly and worked the offensive glass to score 12 points, making 6 of 8 free throws.

Kyle Champagne ran the offensive sets well, especially in a crisp second quarter when Westbrook outscored the Rams 20-6, and finished with 11 points, including two well-timed 3-pointers. Landon Sjoberg and Abier Manyiel kept the defensive intensity high and avoided foul trouble.

“Everyone was scoring, everyone was moving the ball around, everyone got their points and were happy, I guess, and played defense well,” said Alado, who posted his third straight double-figure scoring game.

Westbrook’s Deng Jany goes up for a layup against Kennebunk’s Maxwell Murray.

Kennebunk (10-6) suffered its fourth straight loss after a 10-game winning streak. After taking a 12-7 lead in the four-plus minutes behind two 3-pointers from Tripp Bush, the Rams scored 13 points over the next 24 minutes.

Max Murray was able to get to enough offensive rebounds to work his way to a team-high 11 points. Bush finished with nine points.

Westbrook beat Kennebunk early in the season in a game came down to foul shooting in the fourth quarter, said Kennebunk Coach Barrett Belanger.

This time, Westbrook’s team defense stuck to Kennebunk’s top scorers and forced ineffectual passes, producing steals by double-teaming the Rams and plugging the passing lanes.

“They worked so hard on the perimeter defensively,” Belanger said. “They were physical. They talked well. They communicated. They played unbelievable defense.”

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