The Cottage School JV Cougars earned their second AAC victory of the week on Friday afternoon, defeating the The Howard School Hawks 35-17. The Cougars were dominant throughout the game, and all players contributed to the win.
The first quarter started slowly, with both teams struggling to score. In a theme that would persist throughout the contest, though, the Cougars’ defense was stifling. Howard struggled to get shots off, and TCS limited them on the offensive boards. Offensively, the Cougars were jump started by three pointers from Seth Goldberg and Alex Hogg, and Conner Hogue chipped in 4 points of his own. TCS 10, Howard 4 after 1.
The Cougars really got rolling offensively in the second quarter while maintaining their defensive intensity. Austin Schwartz and Nick Daugherty came off the bench and provided an offensive spark, and Kyle Kimble added a few buckets as well. On the defensive end, Toby Nwokedi was dominant on the boards, and Ryan Tuckwood, Nick Rice, Alex Yager, and Ben Gardner provided energy on the perimeter. TCS 24, Howard 8 at the half.
The second half was largely a push, with the teams trading baskets most of the way en route to a 35-17 TCS win. Dalton Lantz, Will Conroy, and Colton Parks created havoc defensively. Matthew Miramontes, Andrew Marriott, Nate Dunbar, and Javier Cremer helped the Cougars create scoring chances on the offensive end. Bryce Dickerson and Matthew Placide supported their teammates with energy. The coaches were proud of the teamwork and enthusiasm on display.
The Cougars’ focus now turns to Center Academy. With the top overall seed in the AAC playoffs on the line, the Cougars play host to Center on Friday, January 25th at the Cougar Center. We hope to see you all there!