The Cottage School Cougars traveled to Atlanta to take on AAC rival, the Howard School Hawks. Howard is looking to three peat by season’s end, which would be a first for any varsity boys’ team in AAC history. It is looking good for them early as they are now 3-0after defeating Cottage 47-37 on Friday night. TCS struggled to score until the fourth period, and that was too late as the Hawks held a double digit lead.
Neither team could figure each other out after period one. It was more like watching a soccer game as the Hawks held a slim 5-3 advantage. The Cougars got sloppy in the second stanza allowing for some fast break layups for Howard. This opened the scoring for the Hawks and TCS continued to miss shots and turn the ball over giving Howard a23-5 lead at intermission.
Cottage played even in period three so Howard maintained their almost twenty point cushion, but the Cougars never quit which allowed for an exciting fourth quarter. TCS outscored Howard 21-14 in the final frame to give Cottage confidence they can score against the Hawks. Howard went on to win 47-37 but these two teams will see each other again at the Cougar Center in late January. Coach Briggs spoke after the contest. “We really had a hard time finding ways to get the ball in the basket. Credit Howard and their defense, but really it was our lack of timing and execution offensively. We are confident it will come in time, we just hope it does sooner than later.”
The Cougars will travel to LaGrange next Tuesday for another GISA contest before their bizarre back to back home games on Friday night with Center Academy and Fulton Science.
Brett Boyleshad a monster game for a career night. He finished with 23 points and 18rebounds.
Shane Hendrickson was all over the court. His hustle earned him another whopping 7 steals to go along with 6 rebounds, 4 points, and 3 assists.
Roman Lawlor was a spark off the bench. He not only stole 2 balls immediately after checking in,but recorded 4 rebounds and scored his first 5 points of the season.
Parker DeMent pulled down 9 rebounds and blocked 4 shots.
Aidan Briggs grabbed 8 boards and recorded 2 steals.
Very Proud Cougar Coaches,
Suroy Henderson and Richie Briggs