11/17/20: The Cottage School Cougars played host to the talented and constant GISA state championship contending Solid Rock Academy Lions. Cottage has played GISA schools each year in non-conference friendly’s but never a contest that “counts” because this is the first time participating in a GISA region as a basketball member. The Lions gave TCS an eye-opening experience with a 119-38 feast.
The Cougars began the contest confident and prepared breaking the SCA press for scoring opportunities. After four minutes of action the Cougars knocked down a three pointer and were down just 11-12. What transpired over the next 26 minutes was more of a nightmare but Coach Briggs put it in perspective. “We work on the simple things in practice each and every day and when you don’t play college level kids on a regular basis, no matter how much one expresses it the kids just don’t see the relevance; finding it not as important or fun to work on. Suroy and I asked them if they now see why each pivot, ball fake, and block out is critical to their growth and what do you know…the answer is finally a YES!”
Solid Rock brought to Roswell some starving Lions who devoured their prey handing them the 119-38 defeat and will go on striving for a state title. Meanwhile the Cougars will practice the next two days improving fundamentals so that they can aim to reach their best potential. TCS will be off next week for Thanksgiving break and will come back on 12/1 to take on Sugar Hill Christian.
Aidan Briggs finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and took 4 charges (he now has 8 in the first three games).
Alex Hogg also corralled 8 boards while adding 10 points and 3 blocked shots (4.7 blocks per game). Towards the end of the contest, he caught a pass and took one drop step throwing down a nifty two-handed jam. It was his first ever dunk in a game!
Andrew Dorsey had another 8 point game and grabbed 4 rebounds off the glass.
Daniel Byman led the team with 5 assists and snagged 6 boards.