In the early game at the
Having a comfortable lead, Coach Ham from South was able to get his bench into the game and provide his younger players with some valuable playoff experience. As the tournament draws into the later rounds, that experience should payoff, adding depth to an already talented roster.
James Cooper, a 6'0" senior, led all
scorers with 26. He was 4-7 from
behind the arch and 10-13 overall from the field. Cooper, one of the many great
talents in the
St. Bonaventure signee, Isiah Carson, finished
with 10 point, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
All considered, Cooper, Miller and
The late game was one of the most
anticipated first round matchups in the
The Cougars jumped out at the start of the contest going on a 6-0 run. At the end of the first the Cougars led 13-9 in part to Northmont's 5 turnovers caused by the Cougars man-to-man pressure. The Cougars hustled and seemed to win every loose ball in the quarter.
The Thunderbolts came out with a flurry in the second. With remaining in the second the T-Bolts grabbed their first lead 16-15, but Colonel White's Donelle Hailey immediately answered with a clutch 3-point shot. Not to be out done, Northmont PG Kenny Hayes answered that bucket with a 3 of his own. The teams went back and forth the rest of the quarter with Northmont holding a 3 point advantage at the half.
Colonel White 29
Northmont repeated their hot start in the third by going on a 5-0 run and prompting the Cougars to take a timeout just one minute into the second half. The Cougars battled back the rest of the quarter and retook the lead with 30 seconds remaining on a Montae Walker three pointer. Heading into the fourth, the Cougars led 46-45.
The fourth quarter was intense for both
teams. The lead exchanged hands
several times. With just
Montae Walker hit another big three to give the
Cougars a 59-56 lead. Moments
later, Quade Milum, who will
be playing ball for
It all culminated in a 1 point Cougar lead with 5.5 seconds remaining. The Thunderbolts had the ball out of bounds and needed a basket to take the lead. Northmont got the ball into PG Kenny Hayes, but the Cougar defenders forced him out of bounds with 2.0 seconds remaining. Northmont fouled before the in bound and sent Donell Hailey to the line. Hailey made both to push the lead to three. The T-Bolt inbound was stolen by Antwaun Phillips and the secured the upset victory for Colonel White.
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The second game was obviously a lot more
interesting than the early blowout, but both games showcased some exceptional
players. The Springfield South
Wildcats advance to play