The JV Cougar Boys finished their season with a solid, well played win over rival Terra Nova on Friday night at HMBHS. The game was to settle third place in the PAL North and the Tigers only stayed close (stayed in the game) by making 6 threes to HMB’s one. Three pointers count, but HMB mostly outplayed Terra Nova in other phases of the game including their strongest suit all year, good team defense. (And remembering the game allows 5 players at a time, instead of 6 which can lead to a technical foul).
The Cougars were missing three players to the winter illness sweeping the school’s athletic teams, but avenged the previous loss to Terra Nova to secure third place in the PAL North behind Jefferson and Westmoor. While allowing four Tiger threes in the first half, the Cougars’ defense also limited Terra Nova to a single 2-point field goal and lone free throw to lead 22-14 at half. HMB got steals from Zeke Syme and Kai Guevara leading to fast break buckets along with some nice cuts and passing for easy layups on well executed plays from the coaching staff.
The Tigers outscored HMB 15-9 in the third quarter to pull with 6 at 33-27 as some Cougars turnovers led to easy baskets and Terra Nova converted 6 of 7 free throws. The Cougars stood firm and moved well without the ball to get layups from Syme, Guevara, Owen Wooliever, and Connor Quisog and finish off the game 45-41.
Cougar offense was spread out with 7 players scoring in the game. Syme led all scorers with 14 (9 in the first half), Guevara had 12 and Quisog had 6 points. Wooliever dished 6 assists and collected 8 defensive rebounds while Syme, Quisog and Preston Dimas working hard for several offensive rebounds to provide HMB with critical second chance possessions. The JV Cougars finished the PAL in third place at 7-5 and were capable of beating any of their PAL opponents and showed huge improvement over the season.