The JV Cougar boys started the second half of the PAL season last week with a solid win over Oceana at the CUSD gym. Following that win to improve to 4-3 and 3rd place behind Jefferson (7-0) and Westmoor (6-2) in PAL play, the boys travelled north (as always) Tuesday night to play agains the SSF Warriors. In the first meeting against SSF, HMB barely pulled out a victory in the last minute to withstand a barrage of five late Warrior 3s.
Tuesday afternoon would be totally different mostly predicated on stout, high energy defense – a hallmark of the JV Cougars’ season. Despite missing two starters to illness, The young cougars maintained an intense defensive effort, forcing the Warriors into trying bad shots and when allowing any small opening at the hoop, the Cougars contested and then ripped the eventual rebound. Result? Cougars led 20-0 before allowing the Warriors a score with a free-throw late in the second quarter. First half offensive highlights included some stellar Cougar passing from Brayden Campbell, Owen Wooliever, and Nohea Sharp leading to easy layups buttressed by threes from Kris Reyes and Wooliever to finish the half 21-1.
The Cougars continued the defensive pressure in the 3rd quarter with the balance of the Cougar roster stepping in to play key roles and end the quarter leading 31-7. The Cougars brought home the win convincingly with 4th quarter contributions up and down the roster including several hustle and skill plays by Connor Quosig, David Mills with a nice layup, and Zach Shaw and Quosig finishing the night’s scoring from the charity stripe.
Kris Reyes led all scorers with 11 points on two threes and hard charging drives, Kai Guevara tallied 9 on a three and the now familiar mid-range jumpers, along with Wooliever (10 boards) and Sharp (5 boards) dominating the glass especially on the defensive end.
The JV cougars play the next of four remaining PAL games on Wednesday at the Cabrillo even center at 4 pm against El Camino.