Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Game 8 vs Jarrett

The 7th Grade Cougars played their final game of the regular season against Jarrett Middle School. The B team came out a little flat to start the game and their opponents took advantage. Jarrett was hitting everything they put up and jumped out to a 14-4 advantage at the end of the first half. Tory Hall made up for a slow start and came alive in the second half pulling in six offensive rebounds while Josh Beach grabbed four and Nayeem Choudhury three. Logan Werdeman played his best game of the season, hustling on every play and leading the team with five defensive rebounds. Cole Oliver led the team in assists as well as scoring a team high four points. Despite improved play from Hussain Rao, Noah Nease and Sam Stuckey and holding the Trojans scoreless in the fourth quarter the Cougars still lost the game 30-15.

The A game was a very physical contest from the very beginning and the Cougars seemed to be up for the challenge. Both teams were trying to set the tone of the game by out hustling the other. Jarrett had an early advantage at the end of the first quarter with a 10-7 lead. Ben Sandy was a beast at both ends of the floor pulling in a team high five defensive rebounds and accounting for three steals and four blocked shots. The leading burglar for the Cougars was Hunter Steinmetz, whose relentless effort got him five steals off of several Jarrett players. Isaiah Holyfield had recovered from an earlier knock to the floor and was key in his team’s belief they could win. The Cougars had clawed their way through the second and third quarters and found themselves up 38-35. The fourth quarter was just as physical as the first three in this game that was proving to be an epic battle between two determined teams. Jake Brown had played exceptional basketball and continued to provide a rebounding spark for his Cougar teammates, grabbing a team high five defensive rebounds. Brant Jones was put in the game to try to take on Jarrett's best and most physical player and he did a fantastic job, especially when teammate Ben Sandy fouled out of the game. Jake Thompson, who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, once again helped his team survive a late push by Jarrett and the Cougars were able to come away with a 46-42 victory. Kendrick Price was an unstoppable force on offense, not only leading his team with eighteen points, but hitting several crucial shots during the game when his team needed them the most. Ben Sandy scored ten points while Hunter Steinmetz had six.
The Cougars next game will be on 1/20/10. Opponent and game site will be announced.