Junior Cougars Edged in District Tourney Title Game

Thursday, February 14, 2019
The Rector Junior Cougar players, coaches and managers with their trophies following Saturday night's final at BIC.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Rector Junior Cougars came-up short in their 2A-3 district basketball tournament championship game at BIC, falling to Bay 40-33. With the loss the co-regular season champions end their campaign with just two losses, as district tourney runner-ups.

The Yellowjackets came out hot in the first quarter of play, while the Cougars continued to suffer from cold shooting from the floor.

“We've played several games here this year, and the guys just don't shoot well in this building,” Coach Matt Mills said of the Mustang Athletic Complex prior to the contest. “I hope that changes today.”

Limited to single digits in the first and second quarter, the Cougars triailed 17-9 after one but cut it to a 19-15 deficit by the halftime break.

Attacking the basket more in the third quarter, the Cougars took the frame 13-11 to cut the 'Jackets lead. Trailing late in the game the Rector squad was forced to foul to stop the clock, with Maddox Trail and Sam Shipley coming off the bench to provide the backup. But, by the time they pushed Bay into the bonus it was too-little, too-late, as the Yellowjackets made enough shots from the charity stripe to prevail.

Trey Horton led the Cougars with 12, all coming on three-pointers, although he was shut-out in the fourth quarter. Kameron Jones finished with nine points, Cooper Rabjohn had eight and Lane Stucks finished with six points. As a team the Cougars only visited the free throw line six times, converting on just three attempts.

With the loss the junior Cougars end the season at 22-2, with their only losses coming at the hands of the squad from Bay. Following the contest they were presented with trophies as the district tournament runner-ups and co-regular season champions.

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